to mindfully and positively care for their
body, mind, spirit, relationships,
and the earth with loving kindness.
My Passion: Providing holistic counselling for girls & women struggling with self-esteem, body image, food, & self-love. I use a mindful and intuitive approach to counselling and assessment to help guide girls & women towards personal truth, authenticity, and improved health and well-being. I aspire to provide a supportive environment to facilitate deep inner healing.
I believe in healing at the level of the soul, a return to a wholeness of heart.
Education & Training: B.F.A., B.Ed., M.Ed. (Counselling), Ph.D. (Counselling Psychology)
I have a Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology with a specialization in the prevention and treatment of eating & body image issues. I have Fine Arts and Education degrees, and previously worked as an elementary teacher and school counsellor, which gives me an in-depth understanding of girls, teachers, and school communities. My training in theatre, art, dance, yoga, and play therapy enables me to work in creative ways to enhance girls’ and women’s sense of well-being.
Why did I become a psychologist? As an elementary teacher, I once witnessed a group of my little grade one girls starting a diet club “to be like our moms” They were throwing out their lunches and running laps around the playground to lose weight! I knew the life-long struggle of body hatred and struggling with food from the inside out, and vowed to do something about it. I wanted to prevent other girls from experiencing that pain, and help them heal when they did. I am passionate about helping girls and women reclaim their lives and express their true selves, and learn how to fully support each other.
Approaches to Counselling: I am trained in traditional approaches to counselling (CBT, Narrative, Person-Centered), and am excited to share my holistic approaches to counselling through EMDR (trauma therapy), Core Shamanism (a spiritual approach to healing), Hakomi (mindfulness centered therapy), Feminist Counselling (Social justice, equality, & empowerment oriented), and Reiki (energy therapy), which enables me to use a unique and integrated approach to healing. (click on links for more information)
Being a healer is my calling!
Why see a Ph.D. Psychologist? My 2 years Master’s of Counselling degree provided a foundation for general counselling and assessment. However, my challenging 6 year Ph.D. program deepened my theory, knowledge, and expertise to effectively address girls’ and women’s complex life experiences from a broader feminist and social justice perspective. My Ph.D. has taken me from a clinician to an expert in my field, enabling me to be a national consultant for eating and body image issues, and a supervisor/mentor for counselling professionals.
HeArt: I have a passion for integrating art techniques and sculpting into my therapeutic work. Let’s sculpt your story into something beautiful!
Passions: I enjoy writing, yoga, dance, making pottery, playing the piano and guitar, spending time with my family, and outdoor adventures that connect me deeply with nature. I am currently completing Iyengar yoga teacher training and furthering Shamanic studies to bring a holistic approach to the work I am passionate about.
Therapy Dog: I have a beautiful therapy dog, Mira, who may join us during sessions. She has a calming and loving presence, and is a constant source of inspiration for healing. Mira has separation anxiety and will not eat when I’m not home, showing how anxiety & eating issues are biological and can impact self-care – even in animals!
Start your healing journey now! Call (403) 827-8529 or email email@example.com