Work Experience: I have been working as a therapist in the concurrent disorder (substance abuse and mental health) field for the past 19 years, starting as an Addictions Counsellor with the Alcohol and Drug Referral Centre, followed by the Personality Disorders Service at Providence Care, through to the present day. As of January 2019, I will be seeing clients on a full time basis.
My work in my private psychotherapy practice focuses on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Complex Trauma, but I also see many clients with anxiety, depression, grief, recovery from accidents,and situational life stress. (The wear and tear of everyday life that sometimes keeps us stuck.) I use an integrative therapy approach, blending techniques from a variety of treatment modalities including Cognitive Behaviour therapy, Dialectical Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, and trauma specific approaches such as EMD. I consider underlying psychodynamic perspectives (basically, I believe that early life experiences colour a person's view of the world, and are sometimes at the heart of interpersonal struggles and difficulties with how they experience themselves and their problems.) I am a Blue Cross provider, and see military veterans and their families (with a referral), as well as clients who are involved with the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board. My services are covered by some insurance plans. (Always double check that your coverage includes social work, or social work supervised by a clinical psychologist before the first appointment.) Skype appointments are available depending on client circumstances.
Education: I have a Master's Degree in Counselling Psychology. My undergraduate degree is in Social Development Studies with an emphasis on Psychology and Social Work.
Credentials: I am a Registered Social Worker and am registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists in Ontario. I have EMDR certification, and am taking part in the Mount Sinai Psychotherapy Certification program for further training and supervision. My services are TEMA approved.