Counseling 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 to do. Coaching newcomers to Canada helped me to appreciate acculturation challenges and personal strength. Working overseas, I witnessed poor and oppressed people confronting violence and injustices. Yet, I observed their staggering resilience while fleeing from disaster and conflict, and experiencing multiple losses. Through this work, I am familiar with cumulative stress, compassion fatigue and feelings of disconnectedness and isolation. I have done my own personal work using creative experiential methods to process this. 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 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 clinical counsellor I am today.
I hold multiple graduate degrees: (1)Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology and Development Studies; (2) Master of Education in Comparative International Education and; (3) Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. In the spirit of being a life long learner, I continue to improve myself as a Psychotherapist. I have done specific training in EFT and am currently doing on-going training in Hakomi.
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. For over 30 years, I worked in the non-profit sector both in Canada and overseas in developing and humanitarian contexts. On a personal note, I have a love for animals and am a certified Canine Massage Therapist.