Practicum Student, Master of Counselling,
Applied Psychology Program
My theoretical perspectives are based in attachment theory, interpersonal neurobiology, and family systems theory; and I am drawn to working from psychodynamic and solution focused approaches. This means that I see connections between our early experiences in relationship to our parents and other significant people, and how we engage in relationships as adults. Attachment styles, personality, and our interpretations of our experiences are intertwined with each of the members of the families we belong to and can result in various degrees of dysfunction. I also believe that what we think influences how we feel and subsequently how we behave—and all three of these factors can impact our physical and mental health. If you need to spend some time figuring out how your past connects to the present—we can work on synthesizing all the pieces. If you want to deal with the here and now only—we can stay focused on problem solving and finding solutions to move forward. I will take the time to learn about you and listen to your story, and together we will select the best counselling techniques to meet your needs.
I was so scared the first time I went for counselling when I was a teenager. I had no idea what would happen, what we would talk about, or what the counsellor would think about me. What I encountered was an empathic listener who helped me develop the courage to embrace my story and identify my strengths which led to hope for a different future. I believe whole-heartedly in the process of counselling and self-discovery; and the healing and peace that it can bring.
The multiple roles I have in my life include being a wife, mother, step-mother, grandmother, friend, co-worker, and community member. My personal experience includes dealing with the impacts of family members with mental illness and addictions; divorce and life in a blended family; and navigating life transitions. I am sharing this with you so you know there is no judgment here—just empathy and respect for you and your story—because I understand we all need help from time-to-time to sort through our problems and find our balance.
My professional experience includes working in public relations and social work. For the last 10 years I have worked as a divorce mediator and family court counsellor. This experience has provided opportunities to learn more about the complexities of relationships; the impacts of conflict, separation, and divorce on children; and how struggles with addictions and mental health effects individuals and families.
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“It becomes understood that happiness is not dependent on circumstances being exactly as we want them to be, or on ourselves being exactly as we’d like to be. Rather, happiness stems from loving ourselves and our lives exactly as they are, knowing that joy and pain, strength and weakness, glory and failure are all essential to the full human experience.”