We are ever changing, sometimes by our own accord, and at other times by external factors beyond our control. We might pursue personal growth in a time of conflict or confusion, such as when we face changes in our career, in our personal relationships or when we feel “stuck” in our lives.
Navigating the stressors of daily life can result in mental and physical fatigue, uncomfortable emotions, or a lack of meaning or purpose in one’s life. When emotional and physical pain and suffering stems from trauma, it can feel as though one’s life has been turned upside down, and can create feelings of hopelessness. Trauma has a profound, enduring impact on emotional and mental well-being.
Each person experiences life through their own unique perspective, and each experience holds different meaning and importance than it might for another. Therapy is a transformative process by which we can safely explore and process our feelings, thoughts and experiences within a healing and empowering relationship.
My therapeutic approach is framed by a strong belief in social justice and equality for all living beings. My aim is to join with each person in their healing and personal growth process to provide a safe, non-judgmental, and compassionate place to do this work. I believe in and honor the unique and expert position that individuals hold in their lives. When working with individuals, couples or families, I focus on supporting the development of healthy relationships through empathy and understanding.
I draw on principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Attachment-Based Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), which has been established as an effective form of treatment in post-traumatic-stress-disorder (PTSD), and reduces distressing symptoms and improves overall well-being. I am also trained in hypnosis and utilize techniques to assist individuals in achieving relaxation, personal insight, wellness and inner calm.
I have over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in a variety of contexts. I specialized in Addiction Counselling for 8 years, and have considerable experience in working with trauma recovery.
In my practice, I work with adults, couples, children, adolescents and families dealing with a variety of issues/ concerns:
Interpersonal violence (domestic abuse, high conflict intimate partner relationships)
Relationship issues (e.g. dating, marriage, intimate partners, friendships, work, school)
Gender identity and sexual identity
Personal development and growth
Emotional regulation issues (e.g. anger management)
Education and Professional Qualifications
Master of Counselling - City University of Seattle, Edmonton
Bachelor of Applied Child Studies with a Certificate in Children’s Mental Health - Mount Royal University
Registered Psychologist, in good standing as a member of the College of Alberta Psychologists, Psychologists’ Association of Alberta, and the Canadian Psychological Association.
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