I was born and raised in Kingston, Ontario. Like most people, I have overcome many obstacles in life that have contributed to who I am today and shaped the direction I have chosen in my career.
After graduating with an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Queen's University, I moved to Toronto for the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at the University of Toronto. My focus/specialization was in individual, couple/family and group clinical treatment. Upon completion of my MSW in 1999, I was honoured to receive the Godron Cressy Award for Student Leadership.
Experience & Training:
My work is informed by 20 years of post-degree professional experience delivering psychotherapeutic and professional counselling interventions in a variety of community-based, hospital/family health team, and secondary and post-secondary settings. My work history includes management of programs/services and supervision of other clinicians and Masters-level social work students. I have worked as a professional consultant with child welfare organizations addressing issues extending from the care experience including social, emotional/psychological and relational impacts as well as loss of identity and agency/self-determination.
My work is Trauma and Attachment Informed, and includes a comprehensive understanding of Family Systems Theory. With advanced formal training/certification in Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Exposure Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing and Stages of Change, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy and Trauma and Resiliency Approaches, I am able to address a variety of clinical issues with the necessary knowledge base and expertise to develop integrative, effective, and informed treatment interventions that are tailored to each person's individual needs.
I work collaboratively with my clients to assess the issues, set goals, and move toward improving overall mental and emotional health using an approach and pace that best suits each unique individual. I am passionate about helping people achieve their goals and compassionate in my manner of engagement.
I offer my private practice services on weekday afternoons/evenings and on Sundays. Services are offered via a secure video platform or by phone. Working in a private practice model allows me to provide counselling and psychotherapy services in an optimal circumstance - at your desired pace and around your specific goals without the constraints of a larger system imposed on the work or the therapeutic relationship. What I appreciate most about being a Clinical Social Worker in private practice is witnessing the growth that people are able to achieve and supporting individuals in meaningful ways to move forward in their lives.