I help parents and children improve their relationship with one-another, support couples through tough times, and guide them towards a better understanding of their partnership.
Human behavior fascinates me. I have been interested in what makes us happy, angry, sad or anxious. What attracts us to one another? What pushes us away? What leads us to do the things we do? This curiosity led me to do a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Carleton University. This wasn’t enough; I wanted some hands-on experience.
My curiosity of how we survive in the toughest of times led me to volunteer at the crisis lines in Ottawa. I discovered the strength that people have to survive the toughest of times and wanted to be involved and help in more than only crisis times, how could I help make a difference in people’s lives? How could I get more involved? I started my counselling career by completing a Master of Education in Counselling at the University of Ottawa and working for over five years as the Anger Program Counsellor at the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa, a community agency dedicated to helping women in trouble with the law. The power and importance of relationships and family became very apparent, as well as the damaging effects that trauma and abuse have. I recognized the need to be able to work with the couple or the family unit and I enrolled and completed a certificate in Couples Counselling at St Paul University.
I now work with anybody over the age of 8 who is looking to heal their emotional pain, past trauma, create self-awareness and understanding and is looking to improve the relationship they have with their partner or family. I help parents and children improve their relationship with one-another, I support couples through tough times, and guide them towards a better understanding of their partnership and their trauma. I continue to learn and grow from the work that I do and by enrolling in professional development courses. I cherish the moments of growth that I have been privileged to witness.
Some of the training that I have completed and put into practice are:
SE – Somatic Experiencing – A body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma
IRF – Inner Relationship Focusing – An approach to creating a relationship with ourselves
TEB – Transforming the Experienced-Based Brain – A touch approach for supporting the healing of Developmental Trauma
EMDR – Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing – I integrate EMDR into the SE work that I do.
Sandray Therapy – A type of play/expressive therapy
PACT – Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy – My main approach towards couples therapy
EFT – Emotion Focused Therapy
I am supervising Master level student interns. If you are interested in a placement, please see below.
I would love to work with each and every person who contacts me. I currently have a waiting list and it saddens me to say that there is a bit of a wait time before I can see you. Please contact me to be added to my wait list or for help in knowing who has room at the centre.
We are currently taking applications for Spring and Fall 2022. Please send me your CV, together with an answer to the following questions – in point form:
- Previous experience in the field, volunteer and paid.
- What population are you hoping to work with?
- Are you interested in Couples, Families, Youth?
- What do you do for self care?
- Do you play any sports?
- Have you gone to therapy before? If so, what modalities did your therapist use?
- How are your organizational skills?
- What are your goals in life?
- What languages do you speak?
- What cultural background do you have?
- What courses have you taken (or books that you have read) related to therapy outside of the Masters program that have interested you?
- What else should we know about you so that we pick you for an interview?
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