My passion for working with kids has developed through the extensive experience I have gained working with children and adolescents through various occupations. These include counselling, early development care, teen coaching, tutoring, and behavioural intervention with kids who have Autism and other developmental challenges. Families have commented on my ability to connect with and relate well to their children and teens due to my age, warmth, and enthusiasm. When I am not seeing clients, I enjoy traveling, hiking, camping, photography, surfing, volleyball, being at the beach, drawing, horseback riding, and spending time with my husband, sons, friends, and family.
Many of the key issues I work with are those I have experienced first hand, giving me an added sense of understanding and empathy for my clients. It was through these life experiences that I developed the aspiration to become a therapist. Once I finished my Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology, I immediately began my Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy because I knew this was the path I was meant to take.
Everyone is unique. Therefore, I use a variety of techniques that will best suite the particular needs of each client. Cognitive-behavioural therapy, family systems therapy, play therapy, and art therapy are a few of the approaches I use. I have undergone intensive training in the Satir Family Systems Therapy model, which explores how a person's emotions, behaviour, perceptions, and expectations are impacted by the whole family dynamic rather than merely looking at the individual alone.
I strive to be aware of each individual’s unique values, and respect these values to create a warm, safe, non-judgemental environment in the therapy room. You will be treated with equality no matter your socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, culture, gender, education, or religious/spiritual background. It is my aim to help you discover a sense of peace; with greater confidence, communication, and ultimately healthier relationships.