I am originally from Alberta, but have lived in Guelph for almost 20 years and am grateful to call it my home. I am married and the proud mother of our daughter.
In addition to being a member in good standing with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), I am also a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and have worked as a counsellor at Kitchener Waterloo Counselling Services. I work with individuals, couples, and families of all ages, configurations, and backgrounds. My therapeutic approach is client-centered and tends to focus on client strengths and connection. My approach to therapy is primarily rooted in person-centered therapy, and I tend to incorporate elements of mindfulness based work, narrative therapy, and solution-focused therapy as well. I occasionally draw from other models, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, as needed.
My goals in a session are to make the client feel safe and understood. From there, we can work together to find ways to move forward. I do this by listening closely to where the client wants to go and offering observations, questions and guidance along the way. I continue to grow and work on my own personal and professional growth so as to bring my most honest self to my clients.
I have a bit of a unique background in that, prior to becoming a therapist, I was a clinical veterinarian for almost 10 years. As an emergency room veterinarian, in addition to helping animals, I helped people deal with decision making, grief, couple/family disagreements, and a myriad of other challenges. Also, for several years at the University of Guelph, I taught communication skills and boundaries/assertiveness, before becoming a qualified therapist.
Some of the values I hold dearly include open-mindedness, honesty, community, and connection. By working together, we can achieve more than by working in isolation - I have learned this the hard way in my own life many times, and it is the cornerstone of any talk therapy. I work from an anti-oppressive framework and am inclusive of all people/families regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and so forth. I am also a vegetarian/vegan friendly counsellor.