Isabelle has a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology and has been a Canadian Certified Counsellor (#8770) since 2004.
Isabelle is passionate about creating hope and empowering change in client’s lives. She has worked in variety of settings and with various clients, including children and youth, adults, couples, and families. Isabelle has expertise and specialized training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), trauma therapy, attachment therapy, play-based therapy and parenting interventions. Recently, Isabelle was trained in Collaborative Divorce practices with the goal of providing assessment, therapeutic services and advocacy for children of divorcing/separating families, as well as therapeutic coaching for divorcing/separating parents.
Isabelle’s journey in the human service field began in the 1980’s when she first trained as a nurse. She then continued to study psychology and work in various settings with mentally ill and mentally challenged adults and youth. Isabelle realized that support and therapeutic interventions offered to young children and their families is crucial as early years are the most influential years of our lives. She specialized in the field of Infant Mental Health and Attachment and has been providing attachment-based interventions since 2003.
Isabelle has worked in Child and Youth Mental Health since 2005. She has worked as a general clinician offering services to children and youth from birth to 19 years of age, as well as their families. She also worked as an Infant Mental Health clinician for 5 years providing services to children from birth to 6 with behavioural, emotional and mental health issues. Isabelle further had the opportunity to work as an Integrated Practice Clinician providing therapeutic services to high risk children and children in care of MCFD, as well as providing consultation to social workers and lawyers regarding the best interests of children. She wrote reports for courts and testified as a specialist in the field of Child and Youth Mental Health.
Isabelle was born and raised in Croatia, lived in Germany for a year and immigrated to Canada in 1987. From her experience, she understands the challenges of adapting to a new culture. She speaks English, Croatian, Italian and some German. Isabelle is a Christian and strives to live the Christian values in her everyday life. She is able to offer Christian-based counselling upon client’s request, but values and respects everyone’s ideologies and life values.