I integrate approaches from various leading schools of thought into my counselling and psychotherapy work including contemporary relational psychotherapies, EMDR, Brainspotting, feminist, anti-oppressive, somatic and trauma-focussed approaches, cognitive behavioural, expressive arts approaches and mindfulness and other perspectives from a number of spiritual traditions.
I believe all people have innate strengths, gifts and creativity, and can benefit from an empathic, curious, and safe therapeutic relationship through which to explore the material of their life. I am passionate about supporting people of all ages to deepen their relationship to the wisdom within, and to grow and give voice to their experiences.
I hold a undergraduate degree in English Literature and Women's Studies from McGill University, a Master’s degree in Social Work with a Certificate in Palliative and Supportive Care from the University of Toronto and a graduate diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy from CREATE (Toronto). I also spent a year at OCAD and have been a mindfulness practitioner for over two decades. As a lifelong learner, I have pursued extensive training in trauma, attachment, mindfulness, EMDR, Brainspotting and end of life and bereavement care.
Based in Toronto, I hold more than a decade of experience working in both private practice and various paediatric, youth and adult health, mental health, and palliative care settings, including over a decade working as a grief and palliative care counsellor with the Dr. Jay Children's Grief Centre and six years at the Hospital for Sick Children.
I incorporate mindfulness and somatic approaches into a trauma-informed, attachment-informed, relational, intersectional and eclectic approach.
I have delivered over 70 training sessions to professionals in the fields of health, mental health and education across North America and offer supervision and consultation.
In addition to my private practice and agency work, I currently serve as faculty in the Mindfulness & Compassion Professional Training Program for Healthcare & End-of-Life Care with Sarana Institute and SickKids Hospital, and as an instructor in the Children's Grief and Bereavement Certificate Program at the SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health (formerly Hincks Dellcrest) and in the Death, Dying and Bereavement Certificate Program at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Feel free to contact me if you would like to inquire about supervision, consultation, teaching, workshop facilitation or writing.