Born and raised in Alberta, I’ve learned that nothing is ever as it seems. We can experience spring, summer, fall, and winter all in one day! Alberta has definitely taught me to be flexible and to look for the individual strengths in people. With this in mind I spent a lot of my youth volunteering at day camps and learning everything that I could about people. Eventually, through a family connection I ended up working with a child with autism. From here I fell in love, I had found my passion. Since that time, I’ve dedicated my life to learning about developmental disabilities. I use a SCERTS model mixed with CBT and play based interventions. I like to be flexible, using a client centered approach, because I’ve found that even though two people can go through the “same” situation the way they process it is unique to them.
I have two amazing children who are my pride and joy. They make me laugh but they also make me cry. I remember countless hours of tears, both mine and theirs. I remember the times of hopelessness where I felt like a failure and had no clue how to move on. I had absolutely no “me” time and I cringed every time someone told me that I needed “self-care”. As a parent of two children who never slept I was the last one standing, if I didn’t get things done then they didn’t happen and I felt that the family suffered. I came to a place where I realized that I needed a little help. Sometimes we just need a little help. My passion is for those families who feel as I feel. I have spent years specializing in working with behaviour challenges and helping families come together. On top of that I have worked hard to learn and understand developmental disabilities such as autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, etc…so that I can provide support that encompasses the unique challenges that come with every family. Whether there are challenges with listening, head banging, hitting, kicking, biting, transitions, being told “no”, anxiety, confidence/self-esteem, emotional regulation, sensory regulation, rigidities, and/or communication I can help. Through this journey I’ve learned to celebrate all victories, especially the “little” ones as I’ve often found that it was the little victories that kept and still keep me going.
When I’m not at work I can be found hanging out with my family. Family time is the most important aspect of my life. We enjoy going to the park, anything outside really, and crafts. We are a musical family and are often found singing, dancing, and playing instruments in our studio. I also enjoy oil painting. I’ve been taking lessons and I can paint mountain scenes and I am currently learning how to do animals and people. I love movies, I’m a huge movie buff. Prior to kids I loved shows like Start Trek, LOTR, and The Avengers. Since having kids Paw Patrol has become a household favourite.
Starting a new journey is never easy. Especially when we know that change can be hard. However, when someone is walking with you it can make everything a little brighter. Let me walk with you and together we can work towards building a future full of possibilities.
The greatest piece of advice I've received:
Come see me and I might tell you...
Something on my bucket list:
I want to take my kids to Disney World. I would also love to go river rafting down the Grand Canyon
My top 3 values:
Love: this is the core value of who I amove sees through all things and surpasses all challenges. With love everyone matters.
Hope: which is a confident expectation that good things are coming and change is possible
Courage: this encompasses boldness, confidence, and strength to make a change, to make a stand, and to know that even though the situation may be terrifying at times that we too can walk through the fire and come out the other side
If I was an animal I'd be...
I would be a horse. Horses are very in tune to emotions and intentions of others and they take care of the most vulnerable members of their group. They have a special intuition that allows themselves to move and communicate with the herd. Horses are honest, dependable, cooperative, responsive, and creative. These are all of the qualities that I strive to be.
I have a day totally to myself, with no obligations. Where would you find me?
I’m such a nerd. I’d probably want to play old school video games (Mario all the way), watch some sci-fi/fantasy, read a book, get a massage. In general, just relax. I have two little ones at home which make for a busy house so if I had it all to me I’d take advantage of the quiet.
Besides my work, a special skill of mine:
I am learning to paint with oils. I just love painting. I’m pretty good with animals but my goal over the next year or so is to learn how to do portraits of people….YIKES!
My Myers-Briggs personality type:
Interesting question. I love personality assessments and I did a number of courses on it back in university. I am actually an Ambivert, which means that I fit smack dab in the middle of 2 personality types. During my personality assessment courses I had to do a number of personality assessments on myself and no matter what test I did I always got the same answer back.
I am an INFJ/ENFJ. That means that I can move easily between introversion and extroversion. Although if were being honest I tend to refresh myself in an introverted fashion ( a good book and a bath).
Populations I Work With
Children and youth age 2 and up
Couples with children for the purpose of parenting or navigating separation
Areas of Practice
Child and Family Counselling
My Therapeutic Modalities
- Positive Behaviour Interventions
- Triple P: Stepping Stones
- Play Therapy
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)