My education and training reflect my commitment to provide exceptional services in the pursuit of personal transformation.
Master of Counselling – City University of Seattle
Bachelor of Arts, Women’s Studies (Hons) – University of Alberta
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.
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
Beyond Addiction – The Yogic Path to Recovery with Sat Kaur Khalsa
Narrative Therapy – Foundations Level Training with Stephen Madigan
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.
Life Beyond Bipolar
Survivors of Violence Solidarity
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
Girls’ Empowerment Movement (GEM) – Guest Facilitator
Core Skills for Stress Management, Anger Management, & Self-Esteem
Nelson & District Women’s Centre – Coordinating Collective (2014-2017)
BC Association of Clinical Counsellors – Editorial Advisory Committee member for INSIGHTS magazine (2017-present)
Learn about my clinical interests here.
Work with Deirdre here.