I am a dog mom to a border collie/husky named Milo. He is named after the dog in my favourite movie “The Mask” with Jim Carrey.
I have a minor in Forensic Studies and have always been intrigued by criminal investigation.
I was a former competitive cheerleader for 7 years and have competed internationally in Australia and California. I also was a part of the Edmonton Oilers Octane Cheer Team.
I am passionate about being able to provide a safe, inclusive and non-judgemental space for clients to have their stories heard and therapeutic journey supported in order to become their authentic selves. The opportunity to walk alongside client’s journeys is a true privilege and I view life and counselling with the perspective that many events, thoughts, feelings and behaviours contribute to who we are and how we interact within the world. By providing clients with unconditional positive regard, empathy, trust and warmth, we can form a therapeutic alliance and collaboratively work together to explore challenges that may arise, rediscover strengths, release potential and work towards positive change and growth. I look forward to meeting you and learning more about your unique story!
I have experience working with children and adolescence with complex mental health needs and developmental disabilities for several years within educational and community settings. Additionally, I have experience facilitating social skills groups for children, adolescents and whole classrooms. Furthermore, I also have experience conducting psychoeducational assessments.
If you are experiencing grief from any of the 40+ different losses that can occur within our lifetime, then there is a chance you may be feeling as though your heart is aching. Mine was as well before discovering the Grief Recovery Method.
It is important to recognize that all relationships are unique, therefore, the grief we experience from loss is unique as well. Whether your grief was caused by a death or another type of loss, incomplete relationships can have a lifelong negative impact on your capacity for happiness and resilience. It took 15 years of grieving the loss of my father before I realized that time does not heal grief, action does!
Recovery from loss is achieved by a series of small action choices made by the griever themselves. In completing the relationship with the loss you have endured, you will be able to say goodbye to any unmet hopes, dreams, and expectations about the future.
As a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, I am honored to be your heart with ears and to walk alongside with you in your journey of small action choices toward healing your heart from grief.
I believe in an integrative approach to counselling as each client is unique. My first priority in session is creating a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship with each client and getting to know them and their unique journey. From there, in practice, I am client-centered and collaborative, utilizing a variety of techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution Focused Therapy and Mindfulness in order to best meet the needs of my clients. It is inevitable that difficult situations, thoughts and emotions may arise in life, however, when we learn to process and accept these parts of our stories, we can live a full and meaningful life.
I am a certified Grief Recovery Specialist. I also have received additional training in CBT, Play Therapy techniques, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Level 1 and 2, Somatic Approach to trauma and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI).
I am currently working towards receiving training in Gottman Method Level 1 and 2 approach to working with couples.