Counselling was not my first profession, but over 30 years of working as a helping professional has led me here. I bring my experiences, here and abroad, as an educator, humanitarian aid and international development professional, trainer and coach into my therapy work.
As a teacher, I experienced how creativity is an essential human resource and takes courage to do. Coaching newcomers to Canada helped me to appreciate acculturation challenges, personal strength and adaptability to major life transitions. While working overseas, I witnessed people in chronic poverty and in crises showing staggering resilience.
The work I have done has forever changed me. I see and experience the world differently. I have seen how a person, if open to it, has the capacity to learn, adapt and cope with guidance and support. I have experienced my own personal and professional challenges and changes along the way and I have chosen to reinvent my professional self numerous times. I am familiar with cumulative stress, compassion fatigue, feelings of disconnectedness and isolation. To heal and process this, I have done my own personal work.
I confess- I love learning. I hold multiple graduate degrees: (1) Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology and Development Studies (Macquarie University, Australia); (2) Master of Education in Comparative International Education (OISE/University of Toronto) and; (3) Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (Yorkville University, New Brunswick).
In the spirit of being a life long learner, I continue to improve myself as a psychotherapist. I have done specific training in EFT, the Hakomi method, ACT, the IFS model and Medical Qigong. I am committed to on-going learning and am a passionate mental health advocate.
Our experiences shape who we are and I am grateful for all of mine thus far. I have come to realize that connecting in a meaningful way and helping others has become a way to construct meaning in my life. It has shaped me to become, not only the person I am today, but also the kind of psychotherapist I am and how I practice.