I have been working in the helping profession since graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Therapy from Dalhousie University in 2007. Having grown up in the Rocky Mountains, I pursued my passion of working in the outdoors and focused on providing services through the use of meaningful and intentional experiences with the purpose of eliciting reflection, insight and change.
With the desire to offer more, I went on to complete a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Calgary where I developed the skills to be a psychotherapist. During this time I grew a foundation in family systems theory, attachment theory, and neurobiology. Since completing my Master’s degree I’ve moved to Vancouver Island where I’ve been deepening my clinical practice. I work from a place of collaboration, prioritizing the therapeutic relationship and use a variety of techniques such as narrative therapy, emotion focused family therapy, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, emotional processing and mindfulness. I believe many relational factors may influence one’s well-being and I have experience working with trauma, grief, life transitions, health, wellness, mental health and substance use. I also have experience working with adults, couples, families, youth, children and groups.
What you can expect working with me:
- A curious, non-judgemental approach
- Appreciation for your journey thus far
- An opportunity to explore relational patterns that might be getting in the way of your preferred self
- The opportunity to explore your family of origin
- A sense of empowerment