Hi there! I am a registered social worker, having worked in clinical research in mental health and addictions for over 2 decades. I started my journey in the field of Attachment, specializing in adolescent depression and, more broadly, the impact of early childhood on later interpersonal relationships and mental health. Throughout the years to follow, I worked primarily in large teaching hospitals, local mental health facilities, and within a variety of community settings. My later work focused on the development of interventions for improving mental and physical health in persons living with chronic diseases (including diabetes). Over the years, my work has allowed me to engage a broad range of partners, including persons living with serious mental illness, children and adolescents, survivors of trauma, healthcare workers, members of the LGBTTQ2+ community and immigrant women, to name a few.
Although grounded in attachment theory, and experienced in cognitive behaviour therapy, motivational interviewing and other therapeutic modalities, my focus remains client-centred: I work with you to explore your needs, wants and goals for therapy. In doing so, I acknowledge your own lived experiences within a broader world in which biological, psychological, sociological and social factors all interact and intersect to contribute to your uniqueness as a whole human being. Throughout my career, I have strived to maintain a primary focus on relationship development and nurturance within the therapeutic setting, moving beyond the therapeutic modality employed, toward a partnership built on respect. You are the expert in your own life, and I, a partner accompanying you on your journey towards improved mental health and well-being.