I have a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology, as well as a Bachelor of Education and an Honours Bachelor of Arts. I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) and Adult Education professional. I specialize in individual complex trauma and relationship therapies, and also provide learning support to therapists who are new to learning IFS (parts work). I combine my clinical training with 16+ years of professional experience in adult and youth education: teaching/counselling one-to-one, teaching post-secondary classes, working with at-risk youth, and both leading and developing award-winning custom, professional, adult programs for universities and non-profits in Canada and the United States.
I became a therapist because I wanted to work with learning and change at a deeper level. Every moment in this work is meaningful, and I am humbled by the resilience and strengths my clients bring to session (even when they do not yet recognize these in themselves). I enjoy supporting my clients to foster self-acceptance, and to live more comfortably and authentically in their internal and external worlds.
I completed my undergraduate studies at McMaster University and D’Youville College, and graduate studies at the University of Toronto and Yorkville University. My clinical practicum was completed in a trauma-focussed setting.
My training includes graduate coursework in Trauma-focussed approaches, Family/Couples approaches, CBT, DBT, Personality, Biopsychosocial, and Existential-Humanistic approaches. I have since continued to pursue advanced trainings in trauma such as IFS - Internal Family Systems (parts work), Complex Trauma certification training, and other integrated approaches such as Somatic IFS, EMDR-Resource Tapping, Polyvagal and Sensorimotor-based therapies as I explore new ways to understand and support my clients.
- Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) CRPO #10854
- M.A. Counselling Psychology *with trauma-focussed practicum
- B.Ed., Bachelor of Education
- B.A. (Hons), Bachelor of Arts
- 2014 Award for "Program Excellence" CAUCE
(Canadian Association for University Continuing Education)
- CCTP I & II, Complex Trauma (Janina Fisher)
- Treating Trauma Master Series
- Advanced Master Program in the Treatment of Trauma
- IFS-trained (IFSCA)
- Somatic IFS (Susan McConnell)
- EMDR Resource Tapping (Laura Parnell)
- Canadian Indigenous Culture
- Canadian Indigenous Narratives
- LGBTQ2+ for Healthcare Professionals
*plus numerous other trauma and IFS courses - too many to list!
I offer a deeply caring and down-to-earth approach while holding a safe space for you to explore and heal from what is hurting you. My approach is trauma informed, IFS-informed (parts work) and strengths based, integrating Somatic and Sensorimotor concepts and techniques from a variety of modalities with a focus on self-acceptance.
All of your parts are welcome in this work.