Trail in Woods

About Me

I worked on my Master's in Counselling Psychology after raising my five children, including identical triplets. I was anything but a stay-at-home mom, volunteering or working whatever part-time gig that would add to the family finances. All along, I have been learning about all things psychological. I grew up with a lot of adverse childhood experiences and spent my early adult years learning how to 'fix' myself and get healthier. When I was able to return to work, the choice to become a psychotherapist was clear. My interest in how we think, feel, behave and adapt has been a constant thread of curiosity. 

I've always been an optimist and when I studied the science behind how we behave, think and feel, I knew that people who were suffering could be helped. Even the devastating effects of trauma are because our mind, body, and heart are piggybacking on each other, making sure we don't get harmed again. Trauma is a learned response and we can un-learn that reaction or learn a new reaction. We aren't the 'damaged goods' like shell-shocked soldiers were treated during the world wars. Research into trauma has given us great techniques that I am excited to share. 


My goal is to work myself out of a job. Peoples' ability to heal themselves will help others to heal. Hope will ripple through families, communities, and the world. It's a big dream but we know that in this time, anything is possible.

Work with me to realize your innate worth and how dynamic you are. The world needs the beautiful YOU.

 

Credentials

Registered Provisional Psychologist #3060p

Primary Supervisor: Aspen Gowers, M. Ed., C/RPT-S, R.Psych., #3509

Secondary Supervisor: Margaret Taylor, B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed., M.C., R.Psych., #3385

Canadian Certified Counsellor

Master's of Counselling

City University of Seattle in Calgary with practicum at Third Academy. Thesis was Natural Restoration: Nature Therapy to Heal from Sexualized Assault
Dean's List (3)

Bachelor of Arts

Humanities: Religious Studies & Applied Ethics Minor: Psychology

Studied the nature of religion, what people value & why, and philosophical thought; undeclared minor in health education

Professional Credentials

Level 2 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy
Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy 
Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals
Member of the Disaster Response of Network of Alberta impacted by Covid-19
EMDR Therapist
Member of Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association
Member of Psychologists Association of Alberta
Vulnerable Sector (Police) Clearance
Brain Story (Trauma) Certification
Red Cross Psychological First Aid Instructor 
Applied Suicide Intervention Training
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Threat Assessment Training
Basic Clinical Hypnosis Training/ Trauma Protocol
Child Abuse Prevention Training
Past Women's Group Facilitator
Past Triplet Parent Support
Past Parent Crisis Line Support
Past Membership Secretary for C.G. Jung Society of Calgary

Additional Credentials

First Aid Instructor
Paddle Instructor: Canoe Intro Moving Water Tandem

Advanced Wilderness & Remote First Aid

Avalanche Safety Training

Beekeeping

Permaculture Design Course

 

What To Expect At Your Visit

Guiding You On the Path of Self-Healing

You deserve a beautiful life. Things that have happened to you do not need to weigh you down anymore. If you are not living the life you were meant to lead, I am here to support you. 
We will get to know each other to see if you like my style. A big part of this is about our relationship; you need to trust me, or feel like I can earn your trust. You will feel safe with me and yourself.
We will explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, clarifying the gap between how things are and what you want them to be. 
Therapy is a process of growth and self-discovery through self-compassion. I have the tools and professional experience to help you get back on track.
Life is going to get so much better.

 

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