I was born and raised in the Edmonton area where I have lived my entire life except for a 6-month stint in which I was living and working on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. I love to travel and have been to about 20 different countries, but Alberta will always be my home as my entire family lives here!
I completed my bachelor's degree in science psychology in 2013 with MacEwan University. Originally, I wasn't sure what career I wanted to pursue so I went back to university for an after degree in Biology to round out my Psych degree before deciding to take a break from school to work and travel.
After completing my undergrad, I volunteered at the Zebra Child Protection Centre as a child advocate for several years working with abused children, helping them to tell their story and helping their families through the survivor process. When I got home from work on the cruise ship, I started working as a 911 operator and dispatcher, learning how to interact with individuals in the moments of their crisis situations. Because of what I heard and saw in the dispatch centre from both the callers and the staff, I decided that I wanted to go back to school and complete my Master's degree, noting a need for more mental health professionals who want to work with people in crisis and first responders.
Currently, I am attending Yorkville University, in the Master of Arts, Counselling Psychology program doing my practicum hours! Throughout my coursework, I have found that I naturally lean into Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy as I am more scientifically inclined, looking for patterns in behaviours and ways of changing those patterns. However, I am also interested in getting to know a person and understanding their viewpoint from a person-centered perspective.
I may not look like it, but I am a huge geek at heart. When I am not working you can usually find me checking out the latest fantasy novel, series, or film or doing a deep dive into comic book and graphic novel culture like Marvel and DC. On the other hand, I do keep active by playing baseball in the summer as well as hockey in the winter and finding new mountains to snowboard.
The greatest piece of advice I've received:
Any time you're thinking about giving up, just take one more step, even if you think it again one second later, just take one more step.
Something on my bucket list:
I would love to see the great pyramids of Egypt! I have a special place in my heart of old-world mythologies and have been to the acropolis in Greece and seen the Pantheon in Rome, so Egypt is definitely high on my list of places to go when I can!
My top 3 values:
If I was an animal I'd be...
A unicorn! Because why not be legendary all the time (and no one said it had to be a real animal)! Also, because it's rare to find men in the counselling psychology field.
I have a day totally to myself, with no obligations. Where would you find me?
Being that it's Alberta and winter is the norm, you would typically find me one of two places. The first curled up in my favorite spot with cup of hot chocolate in one hand, a book in the other, and my cuddly (once she gets to know you) dog laying in my lap. The other would be on a mountain somewhere with my snowboard strapped on and good music playing in my ears.
Besides my work, a special skill of mine:
I have learned that I can hum and whistle at the same time! I can even carry a tune!
My Myers-Briggs personality type:
INTP: The Objective Analyst.
Populations I Work With
Adults of all ages
Areas of Practice
Stress and burnout
My Therapeutic Modalities