Connecting through relationship and supporting individuals in their own healing journey has always been a passion of mine. My work has lead me from community development work to grass roots community based counselling. The common thread has been about building relationships. Recognizing the importance...
of relationships, I have been drawn to attachment based therapy that offers me a framework that matches my interest in human connection and how our relationships influence our development in childhood and throughout our lives.
My experience over the last 12 years includes working with military families, children, youth, veterans, and couples. I utilize a variety of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy for individuals and couples, Circle of Security Parenting, and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy involving horses in conjunction with mental health treatment. I have supported people experiencing challenges with anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, relationship breakdown, child and youth behaviour, post-partum psychosis, and disabilities.
In my private practice at Clannad, I hope to continue to inspire healing through healthy connection and supportive relationships.
I began my practice in 2000 with at-risk parents and children, not knowing the impact this work would have in shaping me. Driven by a desire to connect with people in need, I have been blessed to learn from the stories of many who have overcome extraordinary challenges. Among the people I have been privileged to meet are:
My experience has included work as an Early Interventionist, service as a Social Work Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, Pediatric Social Worker with the IWK Health Centre, and a Child and Family Therapist with New Directions Parenting Centre in Manitoba and Greenwood Military Family Resource Centre.
I use a variety of therapeutic approaches rooted in attachment theory. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, EMDR, Emotion Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, Family Systems, and Circle of Security Parenting. I also have training in play based therapies including Theraplay. My areas of specialization include trauma (developmental/attachment and complex trauma/ PTSD), parenting difficulties/disruptive behaviour, couple therapy, treatment of anxiety, adjustment, and depression (including Post-Partum), and exceptionalities including ADHD and Autism.
The common thread in my work, and my daily inspiration, is the hope of relationship and healing.