Mission Hill Psychology
Qualifications and Clinical Interests
As a psychologist, I truly believe that every single individual has the innate and natural capacity for healing and growth. My first goal is to simply get to know you - and get to know who you are on a very individual level. I seek understanding and connection in order to facilitate this innate capacity we all have for growth.
We reach goals together - and actively work towards them, amend them, and revise them as we go along.
I am trained in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR Level 1 and 2) as well as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Level 1 of Emotion Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT). All three psychotherapeutic modalities have an extensively researched evidence base, which helps drive results in therapy.
As the focus of my graduate research, I became deeply involved in the manifestation, process and outcome of occupational burnout in provincial healthcare employees. I quickly discovered how widespread, yet unacknowledged, this phenomenon is in our Western culture, and sought to determine the evidence-based research that underlies recovery from the three core symptoms of burnout - emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced personal effectiveness. Through systematic analysis, I developed a unique understanding from which I have come to understand the nature of this phenomenon, and it is my professional passion to help you navigate the myriad of complex outcomes that burnout can have on your life and your relationships.
I have several years of experience working in acute adolescent and adult psychiatry, addiction recovery centers, and providing counselling through community agencies. Since 2016, I have worked extensively in acute psychiatry and addictions. This includes my work with forensic populations (individuals awaiting trial or found not criminally responsible due to mental illness (NCR), brain injury/neurocognitive disorders, schizophrenia, schizoaffective, mood and personality disorders. As such, I am competent in bridging the gap between evidence-based psychological services and the medical management of mood, anxiety, and personality disorders.
On a personal level, my favourite past-times include travelling to Europe, connecting with my best friend as we explore nature, riding horses. playing piano, and taking solo trips around Alberta in my Rav4 Hybrid!