Education & Training

“Imagination is more important than knowledge,” said Einstein.

My education and training reflect my commitment to provide exceptional services in the pursuit of personal transformation.

Education

Master of Counselling – City University of Seattle

Bachelor of Arts, Women’s Studies (Hons) – University of Alberta

Sexual Health Educator Certificate (SHEC) graduate – Options for Sexual Health

Traditional Chinese Medicine (2.5 years of a 5 year doctorate) – Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences. I include this because it informs my worldview in important ways. In Chinese Medicine, the body and the mind are connected at the physical level, so when someone is angry, for example, I wonder what is going on in the body. And when someone is physically ill, I wonder what is going on for them mentally, emotionally, spiritually.

Training

Somatic Study with Mariah Moser

Rekindling Desire with Esther Perel

Motivational Interviewing with Paul Burke

DBT Online Training with Marsha Linehan

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy with John R. Wagner

Core Addictions Practice with Interior Health Authority

Trauma-Informed Practice with Interior Health Authority

Indigenous Cultural Competency with Interior Health Authority

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Consultation with Christine Padesky

Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR) with Options for Sexual Health

Beyond Addiction – The Yogic Path to Recovery with Sat Kaur Khalsa

Narrative Therapy – Foundations Level Training with Stephen Madigan

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

I have extensive training and experience in leading Dialectical Behaviour Therapy groups, both for adolescents and adults. Based on both acceptance and change, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy offers skills to help with mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is helpful for a wide range of mental health issues, including eating disorders, addictions, and overcoming trauma. It was developed to help people who struggle with intense emotions and mood swings; suicidality and self-harm; impulsive behaviours; loneliness and fear of abandonment. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy offers practical skills which can be taught both in individual sessions as well as groups. Below is a list of all the groups I have facilitated.

Group Facilitation

Life Beyond Bipolar

Overcoming Anxiety

Survivors of Violence Solidarity

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

Girls’ Empowerment Movement (GEM) – Guest Facilitator

Core Skills for Stress Management, Anger Management, & Self-Esteem

Board Positions

Nelson & District Women’s Centre – Coordinating Collective (2014-2017)

BC Association of Clinical Counsellors – Editorial Advisory Committee member for INSIGHTS magazine (2017-present)