I am a registered psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists. I provide individual counselling to individuals aged 13 and up. I have a wide range of professional experience, having worked in mental health settings, post-secondary settings, hospitals, community agencies, and private practice. I am a strong believer in the psychotherapy process; I see it change people's lives every day. I have spent 30 years working in Calgary with adolescents and adults in community crisis agencies, post-secondary university and college settings, and psychiatric inpatient units and outpatient hospital settings. (For more detailed information about my educational and employment background, click the link below to open my linkedin profile.)
I am warm, supportive, and I hold clients in the highest regard. It is a privilege to be part of clients' process of growth, change, or reduction of suffering. My way of working is also influenced by my life experiences: a child of the have-not Maritimes, my 20+ year relationship; my role as a parent. It is also influenced by my varied career; I have worked as a therapist, outreach worker, mental health clinician, psychometrist, and counsellor to promote personal wellness and development in a culturally-respectful manner. I have several years experience counselling immigrant, refugee, First Nation, and generally otherwise under-served populations.
In counselling, I use an integrated model of therapy, which includes strengths based, relational-cultural, solution-focused, and cognitive behavioural therapies. These are theoretical approaches to counselling, and describe ways that psychologists approach, think about and work with client concerns. I am happy to tell you more about my theoretical approach. I completed my studies at the University of Calgary, and received my master’s degree in Applied Psychology, in counselling. I am happy to explain my approach to counselling during our first session together.