Expertise & Career
Over 10 years working with individuals, groups, and communities to create meaningful change in their lives.
I have worked with & at:
children & youth
public education system (P-12)
Former BC / Yukon Director for the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association
In The Media
I have appeared on CBC’s Daybreak South on this episode: https://www.cbc.ca/listen/shows/daybreak-south/episode/15541698. My segment is from 1:58:38 to 2:05:30.
I was interviewed for a Global News segment on Disordered eating: https://globalnews.ca/news/4015414/kelowna-woman-hopes-personal-struggle-with-eating-disorder-helps-others/.
And I wrote an article for the Network News magazine: http://pub.lucidpress.com/NNSpring17/?fbclid=IwAR1UPbFdQmlNuYH3gZ3HQ3yi1nSrx2FIOhV_uwC5ygZ9VC9-3GkHelcCeK4#cYwom0Gjgvm6
Education & Training
Acadia University, Masters in Education (Counselling)
ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy) Training - 2018 / 2019
MB-EAT (Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training) - 2016
Breathing Space Yoga Studio, 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association Conference (2014 & 2013)
International Association of Facilitators Conference
Radical Acceptance with Tara Brach
I deeply value personal and professional growth. I lived at the world-renowned Kripalu Centre for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts. I immersed myself in self-inquiry, yoga philosophy, meditation, Ayurveda, self-care practices, and learned from world-class leaders in yoga, meditation, and health and wellness. My experience at Kripalu continues to inform my work with clients.
I believe in practicing what I preach - this means, like you, I sit on the other side of the counselling chair with my own therapist. I understand on a deep intimate level that counselling is humbling and tough work ... and that change is possible if we are open to it.
A little bit about me
Hailing from Nova Scotia, I moved to British Columbia in 2014 on gut instinct. There's just something about this magical province. After my Masters, I sold everything but sentimental items and went on the self titled adventure known as the "Great Canadian Hiking and Eating Tour" while job searching for work in BC along the way. It was delicious and beautiful to see this country. As I got close to BC, I had a massive "What did I just do?" moment (after all, no job, no prospects, no finances, no home, no community was a very sobering reality) ... but with the support of friends and family, I moved past my fear to land where I am now - Kelowna!
When I'm not in the counselling office, you'll find me taking advantage of all that is the Okanagan - backcountry camping, skiing, hiking, attempting triathlons, yoga, farmer's markets, wineries, and making meals from our local goods.