I am a Registered Social Worker (#09850) with the BC College of Social Workers and have been practicing as a therapist and social worker in a number of different settings since 2001.
I have a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Youth Care. I am also certified as a Craving Change Facilitator, which is a cognitive behavioral intervention for problematic eating. In addition, I am certified in Sexual Abuse Therapy for Children through the Justice Institute of BC.
I launched my career in Northern BC with Child and Youth Mental Health and the Children’s Sexual Abuse Intervention program. This work included: individual, group, and family therapy, general mental health treatment for children and youth, outreach counselling to rural communities, facilitating suicide risk assessments and responding to crisis intervention.
I then moved to Central BC where I provided sexual abuse therapy to adults and teens. I developed a real passion for supporting people on their journey through trauma and I find the experience, as a therapist, both rewarding and a privilege.
In 2012 I relocated to Kamloops where I have had the opportunity to support children, teens, and their families as they increase their knowledge of health, wellness and improved lifestyle. I provide counselling and group intervention support to families struggling with obesity and problematic eating. Through this journey I have gained specialized skills in binge eating, dealing with cravings/triggers and emotional eating.
My other areas of practice are working with children, youth and adults that are dealing with trauma, neglect, abuse/assault, anxiety, depression, personal and workplace stress, self-esteem, parenting challenges, post-adoption support, family’s dealing with complex medical issues and working with individuals with brain injuries.
I am a gentle and reflective therapist and my hope is that clients are empowered through the process of therapy but are also able to move forward with practical strategies. I work from a generalist therapeutic approach interweaving in several different treatment modalities; depending on what works for the client. I strive to help clients connect to their core sense of self by helping to link them to their bodies, minds, feelings and emotions. The therapies I utilize most are motivational interviewing, solution focused therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy with a strong base in a person-centered and strength-based approach.
On a personal note, mindfulness and being grounded is important for me. I spend a lot of time long distance running through the trails and roads of Kamloops. This is a time for me to reflect, be thoughtful and have inner peace.