We are the product of our experiences. When we tell our story, through speech, text, or enactment, we develop new understanding and uncover strengths that may have been just out of our reach. I believe that the process of telling our stories enables us to open ourselves to new awareness, healing, and change.
I am a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists and a member of the Canadian Psychological Association. I have more than ten years of experience working in a variety of contexts with children, adolescents, and their families. I ground my practice in Narrative therapy and utilize a number of other approaches such as Solution Focused, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, and Play therapy techniques.
Areas of practice
Children and Teens
I work with children primarily through play and hands-on activities and encourage high levels of caregiver involvement to support parent-child relationships and parenting skills. With adolescents, I incorporate a number of modalities ranging from sand tray and art therapy to talk therapy. I work with children and adolescents in many areas, including the following:
ODD, behavioural issues
Self-harm, suicidal thoughts
Gender identity, sexual identity
Life change (parents separated/divorced, move, change school, etc.)
Stress and anger management
Through an eclectic approach including Narrative, Solution-Focused, Cognitive Behavioural, Mindfulness, and Dialectical Behaviour therapies, I work with individual adults to support their healing and coping in the following areas:
Additional areas of training and experience
Psychoeducational Assessment (WISC, WIAT, CMS, VMI, CTOPP, BASC)
“Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tiptoe if you must, but take a step.”
– Naeem Callaway
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Adolescence can be a very difficult time to navigate. Everything seems to change so quickly and so immensely that it can be quite overwhelming. I work to build a strong therapeutic relationship with teens in order to help them cope with self-esteem and identity issues, everyday stressors and mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, and self-harm. I use a variety of modalities with teens, depending on age and interest, from sand tray and art therapy to more traditional talk therapy. I also work with caregivers on parenting and relationship building with their teens.
I work with children as young as four years old, primarily through play and hands-on activities. With this age range, I work closely with caregivers to support development and behaviour. I also work with parents on topics such as building relationships and parenting. “Why follow a child’s lead? That’s our ultimate goal for entering their shared world- to help them be empathetic, creative, logical, reflective individuals” – Dr. Stanley Greenspan