A close friend, noticing I was once again deeply immersed in a therapy-type book, said: “Therapy is not a job for you, it is your life!” Psychotherapy is indeed a passion for me, something I have been curious and excited about for 30 years. I have been deeply honoured to hear the stories and witness the journeys of many people. What humbles me most is witnessing the resiliency of the human spirit: how we endure, overcome and thrive again.
My work history includes community research, teaching and training adults, management in the not-for-profit sector and individual, family and group therapy. It is working with people face-to-face that has been most satisfying for me.
I am excited about the body-mind connection, neuroscience and the implications of these areas of study for understanding health. I am fascinated by human psychological development and by fostering healthy connections between people. I value what makes us who we are: the warts and wrinkles as well as our shining bravery and good minds. I have worked with thousands of people from varied backgrounds and continue to be amazed at what is possible through good therapy, courage and open-heartedness. I have had the privilege to witness many people overcome difficulties and find connection and joy.
I am a mother and grandmother and enjoy kids and helping families. I know parenting is at times the hardest job of all! I find great sustenance in nature and love riding my bike, growing carrots or camping. I also enjoy yoga, board games and cross-country skiing. I have lived in Grey County for 30 years and appreciate the community spirit and natural beauty of the area.
I am open to questions you may have and look forward to hearing from you!
University of Waterloo
Honours BIS, Counselling Psychology
Wilfrid Laurier University, Faculty of Social Work
Masters in Social Work, Clinical Stream (Individuals, Families and Groups)
Training and Certification(selected)
Advanced Certificate in Trauma Counselling from Hincks Dellcrest Centre, Toronto
Certificate in Applied Mindfulness (psychotherapy stream) from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Social Work
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Level One (Dr. Sian Phillips)
Certificate in Narrative Therapy from Reach Out Centre for Kids (Oakville)
Certificate in Counselling from Interfaith Pastoral Counselling Centre
One year internship at Toronto Institute of Human Relations
Internship to provide therapy for female sexual abuse survivors, completed at the Grey Bruce Regional Health Centre.
In-depth training by The Men’s Program, Ottawa to provide therapy for men who are sexual abuse survivors
Member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (reg #820592), in good standing