About Me

I am a graduate of Lakehead University practicing as a Registered Social Worker with 13 years of experience working in the field of mental health, addictions and health care.  I provide a warm, compassionate and welcoming environment in a private and confidential space. By combining my social work practice along with my background in recreation therapy, fitness and art, I can incorporate these innovative modalities into your wellness plan while ensuring it is parallel to your goals.  I have much experience providing solution-focused counselling to a diverse clientele who are the experts within their own situations.  I utilize a strength-based person-centered eclectic approach with a distinction on the here and now as well as quality of life. While celebrating your success I facilitate opportunities for you to recognize your internal and external strengths as well as generate your own strategies to overcome obstacles, strengthen resilience, and drive transcendence. 

I offer an inclusive and accommodating approach including in-person or virtual services I will liaise with other supports at your request as well as provide outreach/mobile services to meet you where you are at. Client autonomy and self-determination is the utmost importance in our partnership placing you in the driver’s seat of your own wellness plan. In addition, I am a strong advocate and can assist in the areas of human rights along with navigating complex systems.

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Relevant Training & Professional Development

Registered Social Worker – Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers

Honour’s Bachelor of Social Work Degree     Lakehead University

Trauma Counselling for Mental Health Professionals – Sick Kids CCMH Learning Institute

Certified Personal Trainer – International Sports Sciences Association

Recreation Therapy Diploma – Confederation College

 

Family Intervention Therapy

Certified Expressive Arts Coach

Cognitive Processing Therapy – The National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center

Attachment Centred Play Therapy

Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

Concurrent Disorders Training – Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Training