Having completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology by a Canadian Psychological Association accredited program, I have extensive and broad clinical training helping diverse populations (4000+ supervised hours of psychotherapy and assessment). I also have special experience working in the correctional (prison) system and completed my thesis on Correctional Staff.
I pride myself on being warm, non-judgmental and easy-going. I take my clinical work seriously and am dedicated to ongoing professional development in evidence-based practice. I employ diverse theoretical approaches and a collaborative, integrative style, to help my clients achieve their individual goals for wellbeing.
I have a B.Ed. degree from McGill University, and an M.Ed., Counselling degree from the University of New Brunswick. I am currently a practising Canadian certified counselling therapist in Hampton as well as a counsellor and teacher at a French school in Saint John, NB.
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Theoretical influences include Person-Centered with an emphasis on acceptance, empathy, and client empowerment as well as Family Systems involving ‘inner self psychology’, the tenets of which assert that a core component of being human is the continual striving for growth, transformation, and connection with self and others.
While not an exhaustive list, my primary client base consists of work with individuals who suffer with anxiety and panic, depression, chronic pain, marital and family, relationships, grief/loss, addictions, spirituality, life-transition, and death and dying.
I have spent more than 20 years listening to people who are struggling to cope with issues in their lives. What is the difference between the ones who end up in a better condition and those that don’t? Work. The ones who end up in a better condition are the ones who put effort into change. Some have to work really hard and some less so. The question is this: What will You do? Are you ready to do the work to be in a better condition? Let me know if you are.
My work is a blend of: Play Therapy, Art Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Humanistic Psychology, and Jungian Archetypes and Symbols.
Practice specialties are anger management, separation/divorce,domestic violence. I have developed group programs, facilitated groups for men and women, with the above noted issues, worked in probation services where I supervised a caseload of men convicted of domestic violence or sexual assault, published a book on anger management.
I provide supportive, therapeutic interventions using a broad variety of clinical approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Narrative Therapy, and Person Centered Therapy.
My clinical approach is strongly rooted in attachment theory. This orientation provides me with an understanding of clients’ emotional needs, how they cope with these needs alone and within their closest relationships. I use techniques from a variety of different evidence-based therapeutic approaches to address client concerns.
My past academic research in psychotherapy guides my assessment of how clients progress through therapy. I engage in regular consultations with other eating disorder professionals, and I am an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at Mount Allison University.
I received my Bachelor of Science in biology and Master of Science in fish ecology and ecotoxicology from UNB. After all the science, I obtained an Associate of Theological Studies from Maine, USA. Ultimately, I decided to pursue counselling and received my Master of Education in counselling from UNB.
Since graduating I have become a Licensed Counselling Therapist (LCT) through the College of Counselling Therapists of New Brunswick (CCTNB) as well as a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) through the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).
working with diverse populations providing services in crisis management, family issues, acute mental health issues, anxiety, and depression, I have developed a unique sense for creating an environment that promotes positive change and growth for my clients. I am also a Certified Yoga and Ayurveda counselor.
I have a passion for working with adolescents & young families. Supporting them in this confusing time with everything from relationships issues, emotional abuse, alcohol and drug abuse , eating disorders and body image. Together we strive to make healthy emotional connections to others as well as a stronger sense of self