I have been working with adults, adolescents, children, and families in schools and various mental health settings both in Canada and internationally for over 20 years. I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology from Simon Fraser University and my master’s degree from Adler University. In addition to my formal training, I have undergone further training in play therapy, couples counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), divorce mediation, and trauma incident reduction (TIR). Aside from working with individuals, I am also a trained Adlerian Parenting Educator and Parenting After Separation Facilitator who has facilitated parenting and couples groups.
I identify both my counselling style and my value system as most in line with the Adlerian approach, which holds that when people feel connected to others and are actively engaged in a healthy, shared activity, their sense of inferiority decreases. Adlerian therapy encourages clients to explore their lifestyle and to identify misperceptions and misdirected goals. Through this awareness, clients will often gain great insight, self-compassion, a new ability to reframe previous mental obstacles, an increased sense of belonging, and a higher level of social interest. In short, this approach encourages self-awareness, challenges harmful perceptions, and motivates clients to act to meet their life tasks and engage in social activities.
As a wife and mother of two elementary aged children, I understand first-hand the challenges that today’s busy families face. With the exponential growth of technology, many families struggle with finding the time to connect mindfully with each other and tune in to the healing power of nature. My connection to nature has led me to establish a practice that combines nature and counselling to create the most optimal environment for healing to take place.About