I became a psychologist because I have always been passionate about helping others achieve healthier and more meaningful lives. For as long as I can remember, I knew that this was what I wanted to do. This is simply who I am and what feels right for me.
My belief is that everybody is able to make sound decisions and constructive changes to live the life they want. Counselling allows me to offer my support so that people can grow and change. Counselling is an opportunity for people to address whatever is most important to them, and to tap into their inner strength and wisdom to overcome difficulties.
An authentic therapeutic relationship is the foundation for progress. Therefore, I continually strive to create a supportive and non-judgmental environment for my clients. My clients are provided a space where they can feel endorsed, respected, and safe.
Being sensitive to issues of diversity, I am respectful of people’s age, gender, ethnicity, culture, religion, sexual orientation, family composition and socioeconomic status. In other words, I do not make any assumptions. Because every individual is different, it's important to take people’s unique experience into account when establishing a treatment plan.
I can’t think of a better field to work in than psychology. It is very inspiring to witness people’s progress. It’s always new, and it’s deeply rewarding. I feel honored that my clients open up to me and put trust in me to help them with what they are going through in their lives.
My Counselling Style
Trust, respect, warmth, and empathy are characteristics that serve as the foundation of my counselling style. I approach counselling from an integrative view (utilizing techniques from different therapeutic orientations to best suit clients needs).
I consider counselling to be a partnership. It’s a team effort. I find it important that clients take an active part in the sessions for the experience to be valuable. Both clients and I contribute, but in different ways. Clients are not expected to do the work all by themselves, but I can’t do it for them either. Therapy should feel like collaboration.
As a collaborator, there are times when I am more passive and non directive in my approach, whereas other times I am more assertive. I believe that my clients are the experts of their lives and have what it takes for change to occur. I help them in taking the steps that are necessary to make positive change.
I primarily ground my work in the Humanistic-Experiential Approach, the Attachment Model and the Emotionally Focused Therapy.
I completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology Summa Cum Laude, followed by a Master’s degree in Counselling from Saint Paul/Ottawa University where I obtained specific training on couples counselling.
- Master of Arts (M.A.), Counselling and Spirituality (with specialization in Couples Counselling), Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Ontario, 2013
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Honours with Specialization in Psychology, Graduated Summa Cum Laude, University of Ottawa, Ontario, 2011
- The College of Alberta Psychologists
- Saskatchewan College of Psychologists