Registered Provisional Psychologist
Director- Edmonton Office
On Maternity Leave
I obtained my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree from The King’s University College in 2012 and I completed my Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Trinity Western University in 2014. I am Registered Provisional Psychologist in good standing with the College of Alberta Psychologists. I have received additional training in sand tray therapy, play therapy, art based therapy, child parent relationship therapy (CPRT), level I training in pivotal response therapy, Trauma-Focused CBT, and suicide assessment/prevention.
I enjoy working with children, adolescents, and adults. I am both honored and privileged to meet with clients and hear their life stories. Each client is unique in the experiences they have had and the journey in which they are seeking support. It is my belief that therapy is both a dialogue and collaborative relationship between the therapist and their clients. I aim to establish a safe, trusting and encouraging environment for my clients; however, I also strive towards building resiliency, raising self-awareness and connecting my clients to a greater sense of community. My therapeutic approach is integrative and largely stems from existential analysis, attachment theory and a relational-cultural framework. I also offer cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, emotion-focused therapy, mindfulness based practices, and systemic frameworks. Working with a diverse age group enables me to integrate play therapy, sand tray therapy and art based therapy in my sessions.
Many of my clients have often asked deep existential questions that are similar to the four existential fundamental motivations (this information was obtained from www.exitential –analysis.org ):
I exist-but can I be as a whole person? Do I have the necessary space, protection and support? We experience these when we feel accepted; which supports us in having an accepting attitude towards ourselves.
I am alive- do I like this? Do I experience fulfillment, affection, or an appreciation of values?
I am myself- but do I feel free to be myself?
This motivation examines whether there are experiences of justice, appreciation, esteem, respect, and self-worth. I am here- for what purpose? This motivation examines whether the present is part of a meaningful whole. Moreover, it asks what do you live for? We are not isolated beings and our relationships strongly influence how we develop and how we feel about ourselves.
Areas of Interest:
Grief and Loss
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Domestic Abuse and Violence
Abuse (Verbal, Sexual, Physical)
Divorce and Separation