Co-Founder, Affinity Psychology Group
My private practice combines a balance between counselling and the comprehensive assessment of children, adolescents and adults. For fifteen years I have had the privilege to witness my clients’ enhance their quality of life, attain a balanced sense of well-being and general self-awareness, as they navigate through life challenges. I am passionate to help individuals understand their abilities and learning by providing a wide variety of assessments, including recommendations for within and outside the school environment. My practice includes consultation, delivery of community information sessions, and as a certified trainer with Living Works Education I facilitate Applied Suicide Intervention Skills workshops . As an advocate of life-long learning I take part in professional development, including collaboration with colleagues to deliver responsible intervention and service to my clients.
Co-Founder, Affinity Psychology Group
When I entered the field of Psychology nearly 20 years ago, I was both surprised and delighted in the path that unfolded before me. Gaining experience in a variety of settings, I developed skills in assessment, counselling and working with children with disabilities. Since then, I found a way to weave my interests and skills into an eclectic and unique practice. I now devote care toward children, parents, couples and families struggling with the most complicated life situations. Through the use of assessment, diagnosis, counselling and training workshops, I have the pleasure of seeing growth and change in each of my clients. You have the potential, let me help you discover the possibilities. Growth is in your hands.
My training and experience have included clients ranging in age from preschool to adulthood, with much of my 20 years of experience being with school-aged children and their families. I completed my undergraduate and Masters’ degrees in Psychology at UNB and then continued my studies at the University of Calgary where I completed a Ph.D. in Applied Psychology (School and Community Psychology). I have worked as a Clinical Supervisor at the University of Calgary with graduate students completing practicum placements in psycho-educational assessment and have been a Sessional Instructor working with educators learning how to incorporate evidence-based interventions (academic, socio-emotional, and behavioural) into their teaching practices. In my own professional practice, I provide assessment, consultation, and counselling/therapy services for a broad range of issues including attention-related difficulties/ADHD, learning disabilities, stress and anxiety-related issues, depression, developmental issues, autism spectrum disorder, giftedness, intellectual disabilities, behavioural challenges, family issues/conflict, and self-regulation/emotion regulation issues. My therapeutic interventions include cognitive-behavioural, mindfulness, strength-based, and solution-focused approaches. “Sometimes we are tested, not to show our weaknesses, but to discover our strengths!”
My philosophy and approach centers on the concept that effective assessment requires a comprehensive and thorough evaluation of the individual's strengths and areas of need in order to provide an individual with the fundamental tools, recommendations, strategies, community resources and supports that he/she needs in order to perform, grow, and be successful at school and in daily life. I specialize in conducting psycho-educational, gifted, and emotional/behavioural assessments. I have had practical and clinical experience as a psychologist at a public school board, a special education school, a university clinic, and in private practice. I am also a sessional instructor within the field of psychology. I am passionate and dedicated to the profession of psychology, and more importantly, to the children and families that I support and work with.