I am originally from the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation of the Anishinaabek Peoples, and today gratefully acknowledge my living and working in the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples.
At the heart of my practice is the belief that the origins and healing of most of our problems are relational in nature—that is to say, it is disruption to our relationships with ourselves and other people that lie at the heart (literally and figuratively) of most problems with our well-being. Over the past decade, a body of evidence popularized by thinkers such as Sue Johnson, Gabor Maté, Bessel Van Der Kolk, and Peter Levine has awakened us to the knowledge that healing necessarily involves the conscious renegotiation of these relationships, first and foremost with ourselves.
My education includes a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of British Columbia, together with undergraduate studies at the Universities of Guelph and Waterloo. Over the years I’ve refined my practice with training in Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Positive Psychology, and Emotion Focused Therapy, amongst other areas.
Before then, and since, I have learned extensively through my own lived experiences, and steadily more alongside the people I’ve worked with.