I am a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and Certified with the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals (OAMHP). I am also a Validated Supervisior through the Validated Supervisor Program with the OAMHP which means I went through a peer validation process that attests to my refined professional abilities, competencies, knowledge and skills in clinical supervision.
I have over 20 years of clinical experience providing therapy in a variety of settings including an addictions treatment center, schools, and non-profit agencies. Currently I work with individuals and families of all ages, however my areas of speciality are working with youth and young adults, and helping individuals working on recovering from an eating disorder.
A more recent addition to my experience is joining Durham College as a part-time faculty member. I have had the pleasure of teaching in the Social Service Worker Program, the Honours Bachelor of Behavioural Science Program, and the Addictions and Mental Health Graduate Certificate Program. The courses that I teach are: Addictions and Mental Health, Family and Family Systems, CBT Applications, ACT and Mindfulness Based Therapies, and Introduction to Counselling Practices.
I hold a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology from OISE at the University of Toronto. I am informed by number of therapeutic modalities, including solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), narrative therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), and emotion-focused therapy (EFT). I also hold a certificate in Solution Focused Counselling.
My interest in supervising alongside clinicians started about 15 years ago when I was fortunate enough to experience clinical supervision in a very different way than I had previously experienced. I was used to a supervisor with a top-down approach, where the supervisor’s knowledge and understandings were more important than my own. With this new experience, my supervisor helped me focus on my knowledge, my skills, my ethics, and my values in how I wanted to work. I felt that she believed in me, that I HAVE the skills and knowledge. She helped me explore and work collaboratively through the dilemmas and questions that I faced in my practice. I became more connected to my values, better understood what fit for me in how I liked to practice, better understood the therapeutic relationship, and better understood my clients. I could see myself grow and become more confident in the work that I was accomplishing with my clients. This helped me feel excited (rather than scared) about the work I was doing. I believe these conversations were transformative and inform the way I approach supervision conversations today.
Part of what I love about therapy is that we have the opportunity to connect with so many different people. This is what we do all day and every day. Clients will tell me how much of a difference I have made in their lives, and I let them know that each and every client has made a difference in my life as well. With every conversation where they feel they have grown, I also know that I have grown from that conversation too. For me, supervision offers the same benefits. I believe every supervision conversation helps us grow and become better clinicians. I am working alongside you so that together we can feel more confident and satisfied with the work that we do every day.