Clients often feel alone, stuck and as if it's all in their heads... Well, your head isn't detached from your body and your body isn't detached from your head. I encourage clients to understand the emotional, physiological and cognitive symptoms that they are experiencing as a result of their difficulties. With this understanding, they are able to focus on the underlying issues and use an integrated approach to change their situation. I used a number of approaches including CBT, DBT, Systems approach, mindfulness and also tend to use psycho-education.
I attended York University initially for Kinesiology and Health Science. After 2 years in the program, I realized that I was enjoying my psychology courses, which were electives, more than I was enjoying my "Kin" courses. I switched my major and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. I worked with Sunnybrook on a study of Quality of Life with individuals with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and then went to Baycrest Centre where I worked in the world class Rotman Research Institute. There, my interest in the brain, behaviour and cognition was incredibly fed! I began my Masters in Counselling Psychology at the Adler School, in Chicago.
I then went to work with Toronto Rehabilitation Institute where I worked for several years (while completing my Masters) on a study examining the quality of life of both patients with Alzheimer's and their caregivers. I finished my Masters and opened my private practice. I then decided to return to school to do a PhD in Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Sciences at York University.
Currently, I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario) and a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP). I also work as an Associate under the supervision of Licensed Psychologist - Dr. Jon Mills.
The only normal people...
are those you don't know very well!
- Alfred Adler