I have a Master’s in Counselling Psychology, am certified with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and am a graduate of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute in the Treatment of Trauma. Recent research and courses have focussed on the clinical applications of Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). I am certified by the British Association of Counsellors (BAC), have studied at the Lacanian school of psychoanalysis in Barcelona and have training in expressive play therapy for children. My thesis research identified best counselling practices for adults whose development was characterized by a lack of secure attachment. I have provided counselling for women and men dealing with issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, parenting challenges, career transitions, addictions and grief. I have also provided therapy to children dealing with traumatic loss and separation anxiety. Other experience includes facilitating social support networks for adults with disabilities and working in palliative care. I stay current with the latest clinical methods by participating in conferences and workshops led by the top researchers and clinicians in their fields, such as the following:
- Advanced Intensive Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Charles Swenson, M.D., Kelly Koerner, PhD.
- Motivational Interviewing for Anxiety and Depression, Dr. Henny Westra.
- Anxiety Management Techniques, Dr. Margaret Wehrenberg.
- Supporting Survivors by Supporting Staff: working with women who have experienced abuse and their children. Organized by the Woman Abuse Council of Toronto.
- Early Recognition and Effective Treatment for Anxiety in Children and Adolescents, Dr. Aureen Pinto Wagner.
- Expressive Play Therapy Methods: Course Levels One & Two, Justice Institute of BC.
- Healing the Broken Bonds: Treatment of Traumatic Attachment and Affect Dysregulation in Adults, Dr. Janina Fisher.
- The Narrative Therapy Annual Conference, 2011.
- Stress, Resilience and Mental Health: What We Learn from Infant Research, Dr. Ed Tronick