owner & trauma specialist
Registered Psychotherapist, MA
I grew up in St. Catharines, ON and I was 8 yrs old when I first said I wanted to be a ‘psychologist’. Even at that age I knew I wanted to help people who were struggling with difficulties in their lives and who wanted to feel better.
I began volunteering in the psychiatric ward of the Niagara Falls hospital when I was 18 years old. I then went on to do my B.A. in Psychology followed by an M.A. in Counselling Psychology in Toronto. During my years doing my M.A. I worked at the ADD Centre in Toronto doing neurofeedback on clients with ADD, anxiety and depression. Shortly after I graduated in 2000 I moved back home to Niagara where I joined the team at the Niagara Region Sexual Assault Centre counselling clients who were dealing with trauma. This is when I really honed in on my niche to work with people who have lived through traumatic experiences. My specialty is working with adults who experienced childhood abuse, including physical, verbal, emotional and sexual abuse as well as neglect.
In 2008 I decided to go into private practice so I could work part time and be with my children as much as possible. I went into practice with a partner and co-founded Reclaim Counselling and Wellness Centre. After a decade with a partner I decided to open my own practice and delve into the exciting challenge of opening a group practice with Peaceful Minds Psychotherapy.
In 2005 I became trained in the use of Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) as a means of helping my clients heal from trauma. I took the second level of training in 2008 followed by supervision by an EMDR certified trainer. Please see my page on EMDR for more information.
I am a fully registered psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
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I have completed a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Windsor and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a minor in Women’s Studies from Brock University. I have enjoyed working for over 20 years in the community as a leader in non-profit organizations, such as Victim Services Niagara and Powerhouse Project, serving youth and families across Niagara. These years have provided diverse and rich experiences assisting people find their path to wellness.
My strengths-based approach to counselling is eclectic and client-centered, and some of the treatment models include DBT, narrative therapy, emotionally focused therapy, and solution focused therapy. My goal is to provide a safe, honest, and non-judgemental environment to work together to assist you in finding peace and managing difficult emotions. Using gratitude and humour in my practice, I believe everyone has the capacity to make the kind of changes they want to live a life of happiness and balance.
I am a registered social worker with the College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and the Canadian Association of Social Workers.
I hold a master’s degree in Social Work with a Specialization in Clinical Practice from the University of Calgary, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. Helping others navigate through life challenges has always been a passion of mine. I have over twenty years of experience in working with people in a variety of settings, including correctional, educational and community mental health environments, as well as working with out-patient clients struggling with mental health and addictions issues. I feel honored to provide therapeutic services to teens and adults in the Niagara region.
I enjoy working with diverse populations and believe in providing a safe, non-judgmental healing place where voices are heard and strengthened. My practice is an individualized eclectic approach; some of the modalities I draw principles from include Narrative therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Solution Focused therapy, and CBT. I like assisting people to build from existing strengths to live their best possible lives. I also have a passion for running and have completed over 30 marathons/ultra-marathons.
I am a registered Social Worker with the College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, and the Ontario Association of Social Workers.