My mission is to inspire girls & women 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 to help guide girls & women towards personal truth, authenticity, and improved health and well-being.
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, families, 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! Because I too have experienced struggles with body image, food, & self-esteem from the inside out, I 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.
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 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 basic 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.
Being a healer is my calling!
Passions: I am a passionate, bad-ass, bellydancing, boxing, yoga-loving, dog-loving, meditating counsellor, shamanic practitioner, writer, musician, & artist! I love spending time with my family and outdoor adventures that connect me deeply with nature and spirit.
Gracenote Pottery: I have a passion for integrating art techniques and sculpting into my therapeutic work, and have created Gracenote Pottery – perfectly imperfect creations focused on creative approaches to healing with a little bit of attitude! Let’s sculpt your story into something beautiful!
Therapy Dog: I have a beautiful therapy dog who may join us during sessions. She has a calming and loving presence, and is a constant source of inspiration for healing. My rescue pup 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!
Feel inspired? Start your healing journey now! Call (403) 827-8529 or email firstname.lastname@example.org