As a Registered Psychotherapist (supervised by a Psychologist), I was formally trained in couples’ counselling. For the last 20 years, I have worked with individuals in the fields of youth mental health and post-secondary education.
Most of my work focuses on supporting youth and adults with the daily struggles they face: anxiety, depression, school and relationship difficulties, social worries, and wondering if life will ever stop feeling like an uphill battle. It is important for me to be able to meet people where they are at, so I draw from a variety of therapeutic approaches in my work (Internal Family Systems, CBT, ACT, and DBT). I’d be happy to explain more about these models when we meet.
Although I grew up in Lanark and Renfrew Counties and occasionally miss country life, I have made Ottawa my home. I have a quirky sense of humour that helps clients share some laughter with me even while we are working together on the tough stuff.
I am looking forward to hearing your story and seeing how we can work together and focus on the goals that need to be met so you can get back to living the life you deserve.
**Please note that for insurance purposes, I can provide insurance receipts as a Psychologist-Supervised Psychotherapist**
Registered Psychotherapist (RP)
Master of Arts in Counselling and Spirituality, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, ON, 2000.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, 1997.
Canadian Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) – Reg. #2503
Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
I began my career as a Crisis Intake Worker with Open Doors for Lanark Children and Youth, an accredited children’s mental health agency. I discovered that I really enjoyed working with people who were undergoing life transitions. They found that having someone outside the situation step in temporarily to offer support, direction, or guidance really helped address and resolve the challenges keeping them stuck.
For three years I worked as a Residential Counsellor at St. Mary’s Home, a shelter for homeless or street-involved pregnant or parenting youth. It was a privilege working with young mothers to help them heal old emotional wounds, learn new skills, and discover their own strengths. Their commitment to healing themselves and ensuring that the generation they are beginning to raise has the best start possible for healthy and productive lives was so powerful.
After leaving St. Mary’s Home, I opened a private practice in downtown Ottawa. For several years I offered support to clients working through concerns including anxiety, depression, complicated family histories, parenting challenges, substance misuse, and adjusting to unexpected and often difficult life events and challenges.
I closed my private practice so that I could join the Counselling Team as a Counsellor for both the Woodroffe and Perth campuses of Algonquin College. The services I offered included personal, academic, and career counselling. While at the Perth Campus, I created “The Kultural Korner,” a quiet and informal resource area and lending library offering information, resources, and sacred items belonging to Indigenous and alternative spiritualities.
At Saint Paul University, I am a Clinical Supervisor of first-year graduate students who are studying to become psychotherapists. I enjoy witnessing and supporting their journeys as they take their first steps as empathic counsellors supporting and caring for their clients.
I work with adolescents and adults. My training and experience inform my ability to work in the following areas:
Anxiety and Depression: when anger, sadness, and worries interfere with your life
Self-Esteem: feeling confident and capable about who you are and what you can do
Self-Concept: knowing who you are and where you are going
Grief, Loss, Separation: when people or things are missing from your life and you are not sure what life will look like without them
Communication skills: being able to speak up for yourself, satisfactorily resolve disagreements in personal and professional relationships, and feel that your voice is heard and matters to others
Short-term, solution-focused work: practical strategies for changing a specific aspect or area of your life or lifestyle