About Me

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I hold a Master’s in Social Work  (MSW) from York University and have extensive training and certifications in various therapy modalities (see below for more details). Since completing my MSW in 2010, I have worked in many clinical mental health settings: a hospital, residential mental health treatment centre, walk-in counseling clinic, people’s homes and office settings. I have primarily worked with young people (ages 6-26) and their families but have also worked extensively with adults.

 

I chose to practise therapy because I love connecting with people, helping them discover their own strengths and wisdom, and collaborating with them to come up with creative and effective ways they can improve their lives. I have learned a great deal from my clients and I bring this expertise to the counseling room. I am also a self-confessed therapy nerd: I read about new techniques and applications in my spare time and regularly attend training and workshops. So, I have developed a good repertoire of knowledge of different approaches and techniques to help you along your journey.

I value authenticity and this is what you get when working with me. I like to find humour in things and look at things from new perspectives in my life. I am currently on the wild ride of parenting two small humans. In my spare time (which admittedly is very little with two young children!) I am involved in an initiative advocating for racial equality. Social justice is important to me – it is why I got into social work and therapy. As a straight, white, cis-gendered settler, I have done learning and personal healing work around the ways that systems of oppression impact and show up in our bodies, psyches and internal systems, in different ways based on our social location.

 

I think that it is important that you feel comfortable with your therapist and if that means knowing a bit more about me, just ask! 

Training and Certification

 

EMDR and Trauma training:

 

  • EMDRIA-approved certification in EMDR therapy achieved in December 2020

  • Easy Ego States Interventions (2-day online training, Robin Shapiro), August 2022

  • EMDR Basic Training (60 hours, including practicum and consultation, Niagara Stress and Trauma Centre), November 2017 – February 2018

  • Working with the Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma (20-hour online training with Janina Fisher), September 2017- April 2018

  • Treating the Invisible Wounds of Sociocultural Trauma (1-day workshop with Kenneth Hardy), November 2017

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (11-hour online course, Medical University of South Carolina), March 2017

  • Certificate in Trauma Counseling for Mental Health Professionals, Level 1 (6-day certificate program with Natalie Zlodre/Sick Kids Centre for Community Mental Health), January - April 2013

Internal Family Systems Training:

  • Internal Family Systems Online Circle (6-month online foundations training, IFS Institute) April – Sept 2022

  • Internal Family Systems Experiential Workshop (3-day intensive workshop with Dr. Frank Anderson) Jan. 2020

 

Family Therapy Training:

  • Emotion-Focused Family Therapy: Clinician Training (2-day online workshop with Dr. Adele Lafrance), June 2020

  • Hold Me Tight/Let Me Go/ Emotionally-Focused Family Therapy with Teenagers (1-day workshop with Aiken Associates), Oct. 2017

  • More Safety at Last: Healing a Traumatized Family (1-day workshop with Aiken Associates), Oct. 2017

  • Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (2-day workshop facilitated by Dr. Joanne Dolhanty), June 2017

  • Family Therapy Training Seminar (14-session/56-hour seminar series at The George Hull Centre), September 2014 -April 2015

  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Level 1 and 2 (56-hour core training, Daniel Hughes), June 2014 – July 2015

Other Relevant Training:

  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) Skills Training (12-hour online training, Behavioural Tech), Jan. – Mar. 2017

  • DBT with Adolescents (4-day training with Broadview Psychology) April 2018

  • ASIST (2-day suicide prevention training), July 2017

  • Mindful Awareness Stabilization Training (2-day workshop with Adler Faculty of Psychotherapy), April 2016

  • Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (8-week/24 hour training, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education), February - April 2013

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (8-week course facilitated by Dr. Heidi Walk), Sept. –Nov. 2013

  • Narrative Therapy Certificate Program (50-hour/5 month training program, Oolagen Youth Mental Health/Luminous), Oct. 2011 – Feb. 2012