I provide individual therapy and assessments to adolescents and seniors under the supervision of Dr. Judy Makinen, C. Psych. In both assessment and therapy, I strive to create an environment that fosters safety, empathy, and interpersonal connectedness, and I and can help clients derive meaning from their lived experiences.
I use an integrated approach to psychotherapy based on my training and experience with Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), including Prolonged Exposure (PE) for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and other evidence-based approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). Regardless of the approach, I believe a compassionate therapeutic relationship is essential in creating a safe environment where clients can express their emotional pain. The first few sessions involve getting to know the client through the telling of their personal story. I collaboratively work with them to identify their personal values, unique needs, and treatment goals. I seek to help clients move towards their goals while remaining true to themselves. When traumatic experiences are the focus of therapeutic work, we follow trauma-informed care principles in going at the appropriate pace.
Psychologist (Supervised Practice)
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University of Regina (2018)
M.A. in Clinical Psychology, University of Regina (2014)
B.A. (Honours) Psychology, Concordia University (2011)
B.A. Relations Internationales & Droit International, Université du Québec à Montréal (2008)
Year Abroad: Tel Aviv University – Middle Eastern Studies
College of Psychologists in Ontario (CPO)
Ontario Psychological Association (OPA)
I completed my pre-doctoral residency in clinical psychology at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre (ROMHC) and subsequently worked as a clinical psychologist in the Inpatient and Partial Hospitalization Youth Programs. Throughout my residency and other clinical experiences, I provided individual and group therapy and psychological assessments to youth, adults, and seniors with a variety of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, dissociation, personality disorders, intellectual disability, learning disorders, and dementia. I have also gained experience with trauma-related disorders across the lifespan through my training in outpatient community mental health programs at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Depot Medical Treatment Centre, in a specialized military mental health clinic, and in a medical burn unit.
In addition to my clinical work, I have a keen interest in research on the accessibility of trauma-informed care services. For example, I was a therapist for a randomized controlled trial examining the benefits of exercise on posttraumatic stress disorder and I recently completed a research project on trauma-related needs on a Schizophrenia Inpatient Unit. I was also involved in the first national survey of mental health needs among Canadian public safety personnel (e.g., police, EMS, firefighters, correctional officers).
To remain current, I participate in continuing education programs through conferences and workshops and reading scientific literature. As a scientist-practitioner, I also continue to be involved in research projects. I have published several peer-reviewed journal articles and completed several presentations on anxiety and trauma-related disorders at local, national, and international conferences.
At Saterra, I provide psychological treatment and assessment services under the supervision of Dr. Judy Makinen, C. Psych.
I provide treatment to adolescents and seniors with the following concerns:
Anxiety (Social Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety/Worry, Phobias, Panic)
I provide the following psychological assessment services:
Psychoeducational assessments (adolescents)
- Learning Disorder
- Intellectual Disability
ADHD assessments (adolescents)
Psycho-diagnostic assessments (adolescents and seniors)