Passionate about the therapeutic value of words and art, Dima is a therapist / social worker who engages creatively to help people thrive. Whether facilitating a group, training professionals or offering individual psychotherapy, Dima believes the first place of healing is found in the stories individuals tell themselves and others. Her specialty is therapeutic writing (for groups or individuals), something she has practiced in her own life for over three decades.
Her clinical approaches include: psycho-education, cognitive behavioural therapy, ego state therapy, narrative therapy and are always strength based. Her main interest is to assist individuals with life transitions, in particular life changes caused by illness or injury, chronic pain, grief, mental illness or childhood trauma. She has found that integrating writing exercises into her practice assists clients in finding their voice, their strength and their individual path. As well, they get to know themselves better and increase in self-esteem and confidence.
Her professional credentials include a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from McGill University, Montréal, and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Memorial University, in Newfoundland.
She was initiated as a Reiki Master in 1998, and was trained in The Living Journal Process from 1995 to 1997. She lives her life from a perspective of gratitude, humour and creativity. Writing, music and the arts help her relax and stay centered.
She is available to offer the community workshops, as well as therapeutic writing training for professionals.
She is also available for consultation, either in person or by video with professionals who wish to incorporate therapeutic writing into their practice.
Some of her musings, insights and writing exercises can be found on her blog.
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