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 15 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.
I am a registered psychologist who offers extensive experience and expertise to clients who are in the midst of a life changing transition and/or existential dilemma. My approach entails creating a safe, open, engaging relational space and then acting as a catalytic companion by using strategic questions to probe and coax the client to the meaningful discoveries and adaptations that will make a difference for them. I use Narrative/Constructivist Therapy, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, Emotion-focused Therapy and Gottman-informed Couple's Therapy to provide counselling to adults for their concerns about Depression/Moods, Self-esteem, Stress, Anxiety-Panic, Social Anxiety, Interpersonal Relationships and Death/Dying & Grief.
As a Psychologist, I am passionate about supporting my clients in their journey to heal the past, find joy in the present, and embrace the future. Time and time again, I am amazed by how a little change can make a big difference. My practice includes a combination of therapy and assessment for children, adolescents, adults, and families. I have training and years of experience supporting clients with anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, high risk adolescent behaviour, family dynamics, as well as academic, cognitive, and social emotional assessment and diagnosis. My experience in these areas comes from working within a variety of educational, treatment, and community based settings. In my therapeutic practice, I provide an eclectic approach that includes EMDR, family therapy, cognitive behavioural and solution focused practices. I strive to build safe, supportive therapeutic relationships and work collaboratively with clients to select therapeutic approaches based on the specific needs and goals of each person.
Providing useful psychological services to children, adolescents and their families as they develop is at the heart of my practice. My therapeutic approach includes understanding a family or individual’s existing expertise and providing the context for desired change. Work in an inpatient treatment centre, public and private schools and crisis counselling, has provided rich experience with a range of clients including those dealing with acute mental health concerns to those wanting to make changes within their everyday lives. Practice areas include anxiety and mood difficulties, attention and learning concerns, parent-child relationship difficulties, adjustment and family based intervention. Assessment, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Family Systems Therapy are utilized to support clients in moving toward their goals.
I am a registered psychologist who provides individual, adult clients with counselling that focuses on helping them navigate the life cycle challenges and transitions they experience. With decades of life experience and professional development, I assist clients dealing with parent/child relations, learning strategies, professional identity issues, stress management, self-esteem/confidence, anxiety, depression, ageing, loss, dying, death and grief. Using the power of the therapeutic alliance and the art of asking strategic questions I aim to coax and guide clients toward realizing and living the change they are seeking. My primary therapeutic intent is to create a safe, open, engaging narrative space whereby clients can explore, edit and rewrite the stories of their lives. My therapeutic training and approach involves the theories and techniques of: narrative therapy, emotion-focused therapy, relationship coaching and mindfulness-based practices.
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.