I'm married, with two imaginative and busy boys, and have lived in Alberta for 11 years. I pursued my interest in counselling and psychology here in Lethbridge, and after earning a General Studies Degree in Psychology and Sociology, I continued towards a Bachelors and Master's Degree in Social Work, with a clinical specialization.
I've particpated at AHS creating a research-based pilot program to provide support to children with ADHD and their parents/guardians, spent three and a half years as a counsellor with Family and Community Support Services providing individual and marriage counselling, and eventually decided to open my own practice in Coaldale.
Counselling is a unique way to connect with people, and offer personalized support. It has been wonderful to participate in my community in this way, and I hope I can continue to be of service.
People are amazing, and I'm honored when individual's allow me to journey with them through the sacred places of heart and mind.
There is a respected therapist by the name of Virginia Satir who once commented,
"As a therapist, I am a companion. I try to help people tune into their own wisdom".
You are the expert of you! Even if you feel lost or dis-empowered, you have a lifetime of knowledge, skills, experience, insight, hopes and ideas that you bring with you, into the counselling space.
Together, with a collaboration of knowledge, we can work towards emotional health and well being.
My overall practice framework is a client-centered, strengths-based approach focused on promoting client reflection and self-determination. The inclusion of neuroscience, and a trauma-informed approach, help to normalize many of the experiences a client may be having.
Some of the theoretical approaches I utilize include:
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Gottman Couples Therapy
There are a many, many therapeutic models available for therapists to utilize in practice. However, research has shown the most important factor determining effectiveness is the relationship between you and your counsellor. I invite you to contact me and see if I can be of service.