I believe that good therapy helps people become experts on the topics of their own psychology and mental health so that the benefits of therapy are transformative and long lasting.
You can expect me to be consistently genuine, caring, attentive, available, respectful, and non-judgmental. I will always listen carefully and do my best to understand your experiences deeply and help you come to a clearer understanding of yourself. I take a fairly practical approach to therapy and will help you identify goals and work towards learning new skills and strategies that foster change. My approach is primarily mindfulness-based but I integrate principles and strategies from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindful Self Compassion, AEDP, CBT, and person-centred therapy into my work. I infuse therapy with a good dose of warmth, deep care, and dedication to the process and I love my work.
Who I work with
I have helped many people experiencing anxiety, negative thinking, low mood and motivation as well as people feeling overwhelmed or chronically stressed. I specialize in helping those who are facing challenging life transitions or decisions, work or relationship difficulties, and people who want to improve their communication skills and boundaries. I love working with people in creative fields who are grappling with challenges around direction, self confidence, and productivity. I work frequently with people struggling with emotional eating, perfectionism, self criticism, and low self esteem.
More about me
I was raised in Vancouver and moved to Montreal in my teens in search of excitement. I moved back to Vancouver and later to Edmonton in 2016 where I currently live my husband and our son. We have a sweet dog named Luna.
I'm a curious person who typically has a dozen interests/projects/books on the go. Philosophy, art, music, science and nature excite me and learning (almost anything), playing music (bass), dancing, riding horses, and spending time in nature bring me joy. I'm a sociable introvert who loves spending time with people, getting to know them, and bringing them together in community.
I have a passion for mindfulness, meditation, and yoga that stems from the immense benefits they've brought me over the last 15 years. I use these practices daily and I'm grateful for the peace, balance, and resilience they bring. These practices quite literally changed my life and I feel honoured to witness the transformation they bring to the lives of my clients as well.
I have a PhD in Clinical Psychology from McGill University. I completed post-doctoral training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) at the DBT Centre of Vancouver and Simon Fraser University.
I'm a licensed to practice as a psychologist in Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario (CAP 4935, CPBC 2272, CPO 7366).
I am trained as a clinical psychologist and researcher and as a mindfulness and trauma-informed yoga teacher.
I have training in empirically supported therapies such as CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and mindfulness-based therapies (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness Integrated CBT, and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy), AEDP, Hakomi, ACT, and DBT. I have worked with people experiencing a broad range of difficulties including anxiety and mood disorders, OCD, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, eating disorders, and trauma.
I continually update my expertise through consultation, self-directed study, and continuing education and I have recently completed training in Hakomi.
My research has focused on neurobiology, adult attachment, stress, maternal and pediatric health and mental health, and the mind-body connection.
I've worked for over 12 years as a therapist in hospital, private practice, and research settings in Montreal, Vancouver, and Edmonton:
If you would like to learn more about my training, credentials, and experience please visit my professional linkedin profile or contact me.