Raised in Ottawa and having worked first-hand with children and families for over fifteen years, I’ve seen the substantial need in our community for mental health services. I believe child and play therapy services are especially needed.
My goal is to provide high-quality services in order to support and enhance the family bonds, peer relationships, self-esteem and mental health of children and families.
- Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).
- Canadian Certified Counsellor (C.C.C.) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).
I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree with Specialization in Psychology at the University of Ottawa. I concentrated my studies on child, adolescent and family development, and accumulated hundreds of hours volunteering and conducting research in the fields of attachment theory, family systems and cognitive development.
I continued on to complete my Master of Education degree in Educational Counselling (now Counselling Psychology) at the University of Ottawa. During this degree, I completed internships providing clinical services in school and community agency settings.
My subsequent professional experience at a non-profit community agency allowed me to provide individual counselling and play therapy services to many children, youth, families and young adults. I also founded a Children and Youth Social Skills Group to help children develop the self-regulation and social skills necessary for healthy peer relationships and friendships.
In addition to my education and training, I have experience working with children and families in various settings: with at-risk children and youth in recreational programming, with children and families in palliative care, and with supervised access for separated caregivers.
I am currently working part-time as an independent practitioner with Village Professional Services, providing counselling and psychotherapy services to children, youth and families. I work in an office with a number of clinical psychologists who also work primarily with children and families.
In addition to my clinical work, I work part-time at the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) in the area of professional credentialing. In the past, I also volunteered as a Board Member with the Anxiety Disorders Association of Ontario and Canadian Toy Testing Council.
I often work with children and families who face complex and challenging concerns, who have already seen a variety of professionals before they meet with me. I’ve chosen to provide all of my clients with the opportunity to have my work with their child supervised by a clinical psychologist with expertise in child and family mental health.
Although this opportunity is purely at the client’s discretion, I strongly believe in the value of supervision and consultation. I find that it and enhances the services that I provide by offering fresh and alternative perspectives to often very complex challenges. Many parents see this as an opportunity to have a number of professionals invested in the well-being and growth of their child through therapeutic intervention. There is no additional fee to supervision, and all information remains strictly confidential between myself and my supervisor.