Children, teens and families come to me with an enormous amount of strength, skill and resilience. I thus work hard to help my clients build on the strengths they already have, as well as discover new ones, so that they can feel ready and able to cope with the challenges they may face. I have helped youth learn how to manage struggles like anxiety, depression, ADHD, adjustment issues and behavioural challenges, so that these struggles no longer have to get in the way of them being themselves, thriving at school, enjoying their relationships, and doing the things they love to do. I also help families experiencing parent-child conflict and parenting challenges, to help them strengthen the parent-child relationship they have worked so hard to build. Lastly, by conducting psychological assessments for Learning Disabilities, ADHD, giftedness, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Intellectual Disabilities, I help youth understand their learning strengths and weaknesses, and help school staff understand how they can be best supported at school.
One thing that children and parents I work with consistently notice about me is how dedicated I am to their well-being. I truly care about my clients and absolutely love what I do. I have always had a very special ability to connect with youth of all ages, helping even the most cautious or hesitant of youth feel listened to, valued and unjudged. Because I respect my clients as unique individuals with unique experiences, beliefs and values, I adopt an integrative approach to my work, using elements from Cognitive Behavioural, Dialectical Behavioural, play-based, Attachment-focused, and Narrative approaches.
I obtained my Ph.D. from Queen’s University. I have worked in various settings, including multiple divisions within hospitals (e.g., mood and anxiety disorders clinic; pediatric oncology; child development centre), private practices, Family and Children Services and the Limestone District School Board. I also completed my doctoral residency at the Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK), which is officially designated as one of the lead mental health agencies in Ontario.