My Education and Experience
My formal education/experience includes an undergraduate degree in kinesiology, a master's degree in exercise and sport psychology and a master's degree in clinical psychology (all from the University of Victoria). I have worked as a kinesiologist in cardiac post-rehabilitation and general adult exercise leadership and moved in exercise and sport psychology as I began working with people in larger bodies navigate exercise environments. I have served as an international speaker on fat-phobia and diet culture and continue to offer presentations on these and other health topics including eating disorder prevention and workplace sexual harassment prevention. I hold a certificate in life coaching and have over 30 years of coaching experience in the areas of exercise, health promotion, retirement, academics, and corporate leadership.
As a therapist I am formally trained in Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, EMDR for Dissociative Disorders, and have completed a two year training in Somatic / Attachment Therapy. I integrate parts work but have yet to become a certified Internal Family Systems therapist (TBC). I continue to pursue continuing education in trauma therapy, dissociative disorders, and EMDR strategies for coaching and performance. I approach therapy through the lens of neuroscience and do not medicalize mental health. I am registered as a clinical counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) and my registration number is 13179.
As an educator, I present topics relating to the neurophysiology of trauma, exercise prescription for mental health and eating disorder prevention and awareness. I have worked as a presenter and facilitator for over 30 years in areas relating to leadership, health, nutritional/exercise psychology, and sexual harassment/assault prevention. I developed and facilitated a one-day course for the Canadian Armed Forces at 19 Wing in Comox related to the prevention of sexual harassment and assault within the ranks (which went national and continues to be taught today across all bases and wings within Canada). I continue to facilitate courses and workshops for a number of municipalities on the mainland of BC and various athletic groups. If you are interested in booking a talk for your group or organization drop me a line via email or phone and we can create something specific to your needs. OR..check out my "Corporate Speaking" page under "Groups".
My Therapeutic Approach
I can't promise you a singing bowl or Himalayan salt lamp, but I can promise a welcoming approach and respect for where you are in your life. I provide a safe space free of judgement or agenda no matter what the issue(s). Therapy shouldn't feel awkward or be something you have to fit in to. It is important to feel comfortable and safe. That is why most of us offer a free 15 minute consultation so you can assess the fit before you make this important decision. If you feel I am not a good fit, I'm happy and able to refer you to a therapist who is.
And as you are toying with the idea of booking your first appointment with a therapist remember this....
It's okay to fall apart sometimes. Tacos do it and we still love them.