I am a Registered Social Worker and psychotherapist specializing in trauma and fertility issues, and serving adults and couples in the province of Ontario, Canada. My approach to counselling is holistic, promoting practices that integrate the mind, body, and spirit, with the goal of helping you find your unique path to healing and overcoming obstacles to wellness. I blend Eastern and Western approaches to counselling, supporting you to incorporate daily practices to transform your relationship to your thoughts, feelings, and past, to cultivate body awareness and heal the ways in which your body holds stress and trauma, and to align your life with your deepest values, goals, authentic self-expression, and purpose.
I have over 15 years’ experience in community-based mental health and private practice, and use an integrative approach to counselling that incorporates CBT, schema therapy, and third-and fourth-wave therapies, including Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-Based Interventions, compassion-focused therapies, and somatic approaches.
I believe that therapy and the therapeutic relationship can be a site of powerful healing. It takes courage and vulnerability to address the challenges we face in life, and the journey towards greater self-awareness and well-being is lifelong for each of us. As a therapist, my goal is to meet you wherever you may be in your unique journey, and to provide a supportive, non-judgemental, and compassionate space where we can work together to uncover the places where healing, change and growth can occur.
As each person has different experiences, strengths and challenges, I will work collaboratively with you to tailor treatment to meet your individual needs. Our work together might include looking at patterns and stances that may have made sense at one point in your life, but may no longer be working for you, processing and reclaiming meaning in your experiences, and/or exploring new ways to relate to difficult thoughts, feelings, and sensations. Therapy might also include increasing self-compassion, acceptance, and present-moment awareness, gaining a deeper understanding of your values and boundaries, and discovering the potential of purposeful action that is aligned with your values in building a meaningful life.
My orientation is strengths-based and holistic, aiming to build on your resiliencies and honour the connection between your mind, body and spirit in our work together.
I also honour that people’s individual lives are situated within broader family and social, economic, political and cultural contexts with associated dimensions of power, privilege and oppression, and that people hold multiple and intersecting identities that influence their experiences. I place you as the expert on yours. I am committed to checking in regularly to ensure our work together remains aligned with your goals and needs.
I am trained and experienced in a range of evidence-based approaches, which include:
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
- Schema Therapy
- Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
- Motivational Interviewing
- Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
- Trauma Informed Practice (TIP) and approaches
- Somatic (Body-Based) Therapies
I continually engage in professional development and training, with emphasis on third- and fourth-wave therapies.
In addition to my clinical background, I have a passion for promoting employee mental health and wellbeing and effective governance, and have completed advanced training in Strategic Human Resources Management and Non-Profit Leadership. I have been an active board of director on local and national non-profit boards for over 10 years, and have served on the boards of Ancoura, Fertile Future, and Vesta Recovery Program for Women.
I also have 9 years’ experience in university teaching and student supports as a former Faculty Member with Carleton University’s School of Social Work, where I taught direct practice courses and coordinated the undergraduate field education program. I have worked individually with over 1500 students for career and education planning, providing me with unique insight on the ways in which career development can be leveraged to strengthen mental health and wellness. Other key areas of focus included building reciprocal and sustainable community-university partnerships and promoting best practices in field supervision. I continue to work with social work students as a Field Instructor and with early career clinicians as a Clinical Supervisor.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
Master of Social Work (MSW), Carleton University, 2006
Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), Carleton University, 2005
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Honours (BA), Carleton University, 2000
Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (Member No: 815538)
Ontario Association of Social Workers
Canadian Association of Social Workers
Canadian Fertility & Andrology Society, Counselling Special Interest Group
Association for Contextual Behavioural Science
Social Worker, Psychotherapist
Carleton University, School of Social Work
Instructor III / BSW Practicum Coordinator
The Ottawa Mission Addiction and Trauma Services
Manager / Clinical Supervisor / Counsellor
Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services
Director / Clinical Supervisor / Counsellor
The Ottawa Hospital
Executive Board Director
Vesta Recovery Program for Women