I am a registered psychotherapist with over a decade of experience working with children and youth, both as a counsellor and teacher. I am coming from working with high-risk youth in both residential, secure treatment, and school-based settings. Prior to working as a psychotherapist, I was a teacher of both elementary (grades 2-4) and middle school/high school (grade 8/9) students. I enjoy working with families and have done work with parents and collaborative teams during my time at the Roberts/Smart Centre, an accredited children’s mental health facility in Ottawa.
As a type-1 diabetic since the age of 4, I have extensive experience helping people cope with the battles that come from living and working with a chronic illness or adjust to major life changes from an injury or accident. Additionally, I completed my master’s research on the impact of non-nociceptive pain (i.e., pain from nerve damage rather than from tissue damage).
I understand that the best counselling work happens in a safe and non-judgmental space. Confidentiality and trust-building are of utmost importance to me so that clients feel heard and understood. My teaching background provides me with knowledge of educational demands and development stages as children transition into adulthood. It has also highlighted the importance of individual learning styles and preferred methods of communication, which transfer to the counselling context. I work hard to find the best form of communication for each client I see and test different methods (art, sand tray, writing/journaling, etc.) that help them feel comfortable communicating about tough topics.
I believe in providing evidence-based treatment, which means that the treatment has been scientifically evaluated and shown to provide beneficial outcomes. Using my clinical judgment and experience, I will also customize psychotherapeutic interventions depending on client concerns, personality, and goals. Some of those interventions may include cognitive behavioural, collaborative problem solving, emotion-focused, interpersonal, narrative therapy, acceptance and commitment, and mindfulness-based techniques.
**Please note that for insurance purposes, I can provide insurance receipts as a Psychologist-Supervised Psychotherapist**