Counselling was not my first profession, but years of working as a helping professional has led me here. As an educator, I experienced how creativity is an essential human resource and takes courage. Coaching Internationally Trained Professionals helped me to appreciate acculturation processes and challenges. When working in humanitarian and developing contexts, I witnessed poor and oppressed people confronting violence and injustices. Yet, I observed their staggering resilience despite them fleeing from disaster and war, and experiencing multiple losses. Through this work, I am familiar with cumulative stress, compassion fatigue and feelings of disconnectedness and isolation. I have seen how a person, if open to it, has the capacity to learn, adapt, cope and change with appropriate guidance, support and tools. I am grateful for my experiences and I am forever changed. I have come to realize that helping others has become a way to construct meaning in my life and has shaped me to become the person and the counsellor I am today.
I hold diverse graduate degrees including a Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology and Development Studies, a Masters of Education in Comparative International Education and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. I continue to learn and improve myself as a practicing Psychotherapist.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). I am also a professional member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), am certified with the Certified Coaches Federation (CCF) and have a First-level Medical Qigong qualification. My love for animals is also shown through my certification as a Canine Massage Therapist. For over 25 years, I worked in the non-profit sector both in Canada and overseas in developing and humanitarian contexts.