“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can”.
The words above sound simple enough, but they can be challenging when everything inside of us is telling us that we are nowhere, have nothing, and will never do enough. While our brains can be wonderful tools for progress, they can also be tremendous foes. My passion in life is working with others to explore the ways in which their brains are no longer their friends, and head towards a less conflictual path.
For the past 20 years I have had the privilege of working with persons struggling with challenges related to anxiety, depression, grief, conflict, 2SLBQTQ+, and disability barriers. My approach to counselling is one grounded in utilizing existing strengths and resiliency. My theoretical approach draws strongly on Cognitive-Behavioral, Attachment, Solution-Focused, Emotional Focused and Mindfulness theories.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (2000) and a Bachelor of Social Work (2001) from Memorial University of Newfoundland, as well as a Masters of Social Work (2014) from the University of Waterloo. I have had further education opportunities in the areas of mental health resiliency, emotionally focused therapy as well as cognitive behavioral therapy. I am registered with the Newfoundland and Labrador College of Social Workers.