I grew up in England and moved to Canada in the late 1980's. After receiving a Bachelor's degree in Acting from the University of Guelph, I found my passion for therapy while working and training as an actor. The exploration and techniques I learned to develop a character on stage were skills I felt all people could use in their lives to cultivate self-awareness and healing. With a strong desire to understand this more I pursued an education in Expressive Arts Therapy and Psychotherapy, which uses drama, art, music, movement to foster growth and healing. I received my Master's Degree In Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. Following this I completed an intensive three-year diploma program at the Toronto Institute of Relational Psychotherapy. Relational Psychotherapy focuses on attachment and deepening one's ability to have satisfying mutual relationships including one's relationship with oneself. From there, my learning and experience continues to expand. I have continued training in Non-Violent Communication, Internal Family Systems and other alternative ways to navgiate our emotions and relationships. Based on the latest scientific theories of neuroplasticity, quantum physics and health, that I continue to explore, I use specific tools to equipt people to change their brains and become more empowered. I am a clinical member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists and a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.
I work as an online registered psychotherapist for people all across Ontario. I provide consultation and psycho-education worldwide. I have been in private practice in Guelph for over 18 years. I draw from rich experience in my work with children and adults in hospice and bereavement centres in Canada and the US. In addition to my work in private practice, I worked at CMHA as a therapist in the children's mental health department. I also worked at the Woolwich Interfaith Counselling Centre in Elmira, working primarily with people who had experienced incest, sexual abuse, grief or trauma. I continue to provide consultation for local agencies, such Family and Children's Services and several local foster agenciesaddressing issues around trauma and attachment. I have been the guest speaker at various community events, TV shows and workshops. I'm passionate to speak about ways to navigate emotions and relationships so we can feel better.
I am the founder of Upside Down Cancer, an inspiring and supportive website that offers hope, empowerment and information to people dealing with a serious health challenge and often am invited to public speaking events to share a passion for health and healing.
I am committed to the process of healing and growth my own and yours! I believe psychotherapy and psycho-education are valuable tools that can empower people to accept all of who they are and make the world a better place.