My Education, Experience and Theoretical Perspective:
I obtained my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from UBC in 1999. I also have post-masters training in Art Therapy from the Adlerian School of Psychology and am a Certified Parent Facilitator with a Bachelor of Education from McGill University. Having spent many years in the school setting, I have a thorough understanding of school systems. For the past seventeen years, I have specialized in supporting children and families experiencing difficulties such as anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, trauma, separation/divorce, parent-child conflict, sibling conflict, anger management, impaired social skills, attention deficit disorder, high-functioning autism spectrum disorder, behavioural problems, bullying and low self-esteem. I have a broad range of experience culminating in over 9,500 clinical hours working 1:1 with children and families.
I draw on a broad range of psychological theories such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Adlerian Theory, Attachment Theory, Solution Focused Therapy, and Positive Behaviour Support (PBS). I also use Art and Play Therapy to assist children in healing and expressing their feelings.
When working with families, I support the role of parents by coaching them in effective parenting skills and guiding them in understanding the unique temperament traits of their child(ren).