“I believe that everyone has the ability to overcome even the toughest challenges…”
It’s inevitable that you will face challenges in life, but you have the power – within you – to choose how you deal with those challenges. I truly believe that everyone has the ability to overcome even the toughest challenges; I also know that sometimes you need some support to work your way through them. Asking for – and getting – support from others is a sign of strength and an opportunity for growth.
I am a Registered Social Worker, with a Bachelor of Social Work degree and a Minor in Law from Carleton University. I also have a Master of Social Work with a specialization in Addiction Studies. I also have a wide range of working‐knowledge and experience, gained in my over 16 years of practice. During that time, I have helped many people with complex challenges to overcome the barriers that prevented them from reaching their goals and have supported them towards achieving their aspirations. No matter where my clients are in their journey, my compassionate, empathetic, genuine, and non-judgmental nature helps to create a safe space, from where we can start therapy and work at their pace.
My own first experience of seeing a counsellor about my challenges was both eye‐opening and empowering. I discovered that taking that first step, and allowing myself to be vulnerable, actually helped me to recognize that I already had the force within myself to face the challenges before me and to deal with them.
This experience also shaped the type of counsellor I became. My personal experience helped me understand that counselling, support and advocacy are the keys to working through traumatic and stressful life events, confidently. I want to give you the same genuine, compassionate, culturally sensitive and judgement‐free guidance that I once needed.
I work with individuals, groups, children, youth, families, community agencies, the legal system, schools and the public. I have extensive experience of working with individuals in conflict with the law; both within the community and while incarcerated. I have counselled and supported individuals and families in disability‐related challenges, barriers to employment, group homes and treatment centres. In particular, this has included work with people, who are experiencing mental health challenges, emotional distress, anxiety, depression, trauma, abuse, interpersonal challenges, anger management issues, disabilities and various forms of oppression. My field of experience also includes, but is not limited to, crisis intervention, legal education and support, life skills, and emotional, anger and behavioural management. I also offer respite support and education for parents/caregivers.
I will draw upon my own personal experience, my education, and my wide‐ranging professional experience to tailor my support to your individual needs. I do this through collaborative approaches that include strength‐based, client‐centered, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); Solution‐Focused Therapy; Mindfulness; Motivational Counselling; and Harm Reduction.
I believe the human connection is one of the most powerful tools available. I would love to work with you to develop a safe, trusting and non‐judgemental space where you will be empowered to build on your skills and strengths. I would love to walk alongside you as you find your own inner strength and discover that you have the strength to overcome your challenges and to live the life you want.