I have been a Registered Psychologist since 2005. I completed my undergraduate training in Psychology (Honours) at the University of Manitoba, and my graduate degree in Counselling Psychology at McGill University in Montreal. I’ve worked in a variety of educational and healthcare settings, as well as private practice. My experience includes over 15 years in the mental health field.
Knowing the therapeutic relationship is the best predictor of positive therapy outcomes, I strive to create an empathic, respectful, safe connection with my clients. I believe that clients bring their own expertise to the therapeutic process, and view counselling as a collaboration between client and therapist. In that regard, I greatly value my client’s wisdom, experience, and insight.
I incorporate a variety of counselling approaches into my clinical work, always adjusting to each person’s needs. This often includes Cognitive Behavioral and Solution-Focused therapies, as well as principles and practice of Mindfulness. My work is also influenced by mind-body approaches, neuroscience, attachment theory, and spiritually-informed (transpersonal) therapy. I believe that mind, body, and spirit are all important aspects of health and well-being.
When working with couples, I primarily use the Gottman approach, and have completed Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level I. I am currently completing Level II training. In an effort to provide my clients with the best and most current practices and counselling interventions, I am also developing more specialized knowledge in the areas of trauma and addictions. I’ve also had the honor of training in Mindfulness with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli, two pioneers in bringing Mindfulness to western culture and healthcare.
I support clients in developing meaningful goals, building on their strengths and resiliency, learning practical skills and strategies, increasing self-awareness and understanding, and improving overall coping and wellness.