I have had the opportunity to work with a diverse range of adults, kids and families over the last 13 years in London, UK and the Toronto area in child and youth mental health agencies, school boards, child welfare, the nonprofit sector and in private practice.
I specialize in helping with parent-child relationships, facing anxiety, self-esteem and self advocacy, understanding ADHD and learning differences in a non-pathologizing way and difficulties with school or the school system.
I learn and grow everyday in my role as loving and imperfect mother of two school-aged humans.
My qualifications include a Master of Science in Social Work from London South Bank University in the UK; training in Emotion Focused Therapy and Emotion Focused Family Therapy from the York University EFT Clinic; a certificate in the Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts from the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education in London in the UK and a certificate in Play Therapy from the Canadian Association of Play Therapy.
I am a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.
I practice from a systemic perspective, drawing on emotion-focused therapy, interpersonal neurobiology and attachment theory. This means that I make sense of challenges in terms of relationships and relationship dynamics rather than rooted in individual pathology.
I am inspired by research outcomes on how mindfulness changes the brain. Mindfulness practice in various forms has been part of my life for over 15 years, including dance, meditation and contemplative spiritual practice. My practice informs my work.
Depending on individuals needs and preferences, I draw on expressive arts, play therapy and mindfulness techniques with a focus on process rather than product.
I work from a feminist, inclusive, trauma-informed and LGBTQ positive perspective.