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 and Sandplay Therapy with the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy and with the Canadian Association for Sandplay Therapy. I am a Certified Child Play Therapist Supervisor and specialize in Play Therapy with preschool and school-aged children, Family Therapy, Individual Therapy with adolescents and adults, and Jungian Sandplay Therapy. I am also trained in EMDR.
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.
I believe in working collaboratively with my clients to empower them and also to help them develop new awarenesses based on their inner strengths and wisdom. I believe people possess an inner potential for growth and healing and during the therapeutic process I help my clients access this within themselves.
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.