Counselling was not my first profession, but over 30 years of working as a helping professional (humanitarian aid, international education, social services) has led me here. I have experienced my own personal and professional challenges and changes; having reinvented myself numerous times professionally and lived in multiple countries.
As an educator/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. As a humanitarian, I witnessed poor and oppressed people confronting violence and injustices. Yet, I observed staggering resilience.
From my experiences, I am familiar with challenging life changes, cumulative stress, compassion fatigue and feelings of disconnectedness and isolation. I have done my own personal work using creativity 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. It has shaped me to become the person and the psychotherapist I am today.
I admit that I have a passion for learning. 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 also a passionate mental health advocate.