I completed my Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology at the University of Alberta in 2007, and have also completed additional training in Play Therapy with the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy (CACPT), The Play Therapy Institute of Colorado and with the Canadian Association for Sandplay Therapy (CAST). I have also completed additional training in Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) and Theraplay, as well as Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy. In addition to my clinical work, I also provide supervision to many mental health professionals and am also currently a board member with the Canadian Association for Sandplay Therapy. I am a Certified Child Play Therapist Supervisor in Canada and the United States and specialize in Play Therapy with preschool and school-aged children, Family Therapy, Individual Therapy with adolescents and adults, and Sandplay Therapy.
I consider myself a depth psychologist. Meaning, I work collaboratively with my clients to address the deeper reasons for their concerns. Typically, people enter therapy presenting with “symptoms.” These “symptoms” usually have a deeper rooted cause, which is what I focus on addressing in the therapy to help establish long-term change for my clients. I also believe there is an integral connection between our mind and our body. In my therapeutic work, I work holistically with my clients to help them establish the internal resources required to live a healthy and balanced life.
My counselling perspective is rooted in Attachment Theory and I believe that early relationships profoundly impact our development and behaviour in life. I practice using a cutting edge model of therapy designed to re-pattern the disorganization in the lower brain centers, areas that are often un-addressed in many current therapy models. It is the first therapy approach to blend together neuro-science, attachment to self, therapist authenticity, brain development, affect attunement, physics, emotional congruence, nervous system regulation, the projective process, which helps get to the heart of the healing process for clients.
When working with children, I expect the caregivers to have an active involvement in the therapeutic process. Initially, I meet with the caregiver(s) involved before beginning my therapeutic work with the child. Additionally, throughout the therapy I encourage the caregivers to remain involved, as I see them as an integral part of the therapeutic process. I facilitate regular “parent/caregiver” sessions through out the therapy and even, at times, have the caregiver(s) involved directly in the therapy sessions with the child, depending on the needs of the child and the family. Overall, this helps to establish a positive change in the family system as well as in the parent-child relationship.
Specializations: •Synergetic Play Therapy •Jungian Sandplay Therapy •Art Therapy •Family Therapy •Attachment Parenting •Attachment-based Therapy (Theraplay) •Filial Play Therapy (Parent-Child Relationship Therapy) •Parent-Teen Conflict •Trauma/EMDR •Divorce/Separation •Grief and Loss •Anxiety/Depression •Behavioural Concerns/Anger •Identity Issues/Self-esteem •Relationship Issues