I have been working with children, youth and adults with a variety of educational and mental health needs for the last 10+ years. My work experience has allowed me to have a wide variety of opportunities in supporting people with diverse needs.I am passionate about the field of psychology and enjoy empowering clients in many ways. I support clients using several modalities including humanistic theoretical foundations, cognitive behavioural strategies, positive psychology influences and mindfulness practices. I have received certification in Prolonged Exposure therapy for working with trauma. Additionally, I have been trained to use SandPlay Therapy which is based in Jungian psychology and Kalffian theory and has beneficial applications for all ages and am currently working toward my Advanced Candidate Certification in SandPlay.
I obtained my undergraduate degree with a major in Psychology from the University of Alberta in 2008 at which time I added a year of cooperative work experience to my degree so that I could have practical time working with children as a Behavior Interventionist. In between my educational endeavours I had the opportunity to volunteer and work with the Zebra Child Protection Centre where I gained a wealth of experience in child advocacy and court preparation and also supported children and families. I went on to complete my Masters of Counselling with City University of Seattle in 2012. For my Master’s level practicum I had the opportunity to work in the Stollery Children’s hospital in Pediatric Oncology providing therapeutic supports and assisting with neuropsychological assessments. Following my graduation and practicum I helped to co-develop a program supported in the Not For Profit Sector assisting children and families with pediatric cancer with reintegrating into the community.