My Background

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 

For over 25 years I have been Holding Space by offering open minded, attuned presence as a psychotherapist and counsellor, and in 2002 I began my role as a clinical supervisor and team leader. My experience includes a culturally diverse array of clients from children to older adults, with extensive experience working with trauma survivors. My work in Ontario and more recently in BC includes experience in private practice, non-profit community based practice, education, and home healthcare settings.

LIFE EXPERIENCE

I have the patience and fortitude to work with people who may be experiencing excruciating emotional pain  because of my commitment to “walk the talk”. Having experienced and thoroughly processed trauma and loss myself, I’m fuelled by my trust and belief in the power of healing relationships.

My Teachers

I am deeply grateful and endlessly energized by the wisdom of my gifted teachers.  Their perspectives are embedded in the way I think and work, resonating in my very being, and hopefully evident in the pages presented here.

RELATIONAL PSYCHOTHERAPY

After completing my Masters degree in Social Work, I trained for a year at the Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy in 1992-1993.  In 2006 I began consulting in an ongoing way with Pat DeYoung PhD, a founder of that Institute, and author of Relational Psychotherapy, A Primer, and  Understanding and Treating Chronic Shame:  A Relational/Neurobiological Approach. I continue to consult with Pat DeYoung on a regular basis and the experience of this relationship and the learning within it sustains a rich, reliable practice foundation in me that is central to all of my work.

ATTACHMENT THEORY

From 2009 through 2011 I delved deeply into the world of attachment theory and its applications to psychotherapy.  After reading Attachment in Psychotherapy, by David Wallin, I participated in workshops and a group clinical consultation process with the author. Integrating attachment theory at a visceral level was incredibly hard and deep work which has proved invaluable in extending my capacity for attuned connection with people who present with the full range of attachment styles.

INTERPERSONAL NEUROBIOLOGY

From 2010 to present I have been immersed in the study of Interpersonal Neurobiology. Two amazing individuals with whom I have been studying are Daniel Siegel, MD, and Bonnie Badenoch, PhD. Dan Siegel is a New York Times best selling author with titles including Brainstorm, No-Drama Discipline, The Whole Brain Child, Mindsight, The Mindful Therapist, and many other incredible books on Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB). In addition to studying several of Dan Siegel’s books and CD’s, I completed the foundation year of courses with him through his Mindsight Institute, and recently attended the Siegel – Gottman Summit integrating IPNB and Gottman Method couples work in July 2014.

From 2013 – Nov 2015 I participated in group consultation and one on one work with Bonnie Badenoch.  In Nov 2015 I completed her Advanced Application Year long intensive in Interpersonal Neurobiology, which attracted participants from across the United States, Canada and South America.  Bonnie is an author whose writings exude a depth of wisdom and understanding so incisive, heartfelt and profound that I am routinely compelled to revisit and reflect upon her words. She offers explanation for the complex dimensions within us, including managing states, protective/defensive states, and deeply vulnerable potentially dissociated states as parts of the ‘whole’ we know as the relational embodied self. Bonnie’s nurturing presence is always evident in her words as she insists that our own integrative development as therapists is paramount to our capacity to be present and attune with our clients. Her titles include Being a Brain-Wise Therapist: A Practical Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, and The Brain-Savvy Therapist’s Workbook.

In November 2015 I joined the Schore Seattle Seminars, in which Dr. Allan Schore lectures on Shame and Relational trauma.

MBSR MINDFULNESS BASED STRESS REDUCTION

In 2014 I participated in the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program taught by Dr. Stephane Tréyvaud. Dr.Treyvaud is a Swiss Psychiatrist with an inspiring 40 years of meditation practice, who integrates the wisdom of Interpersonal Neurobiology, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Yoga into his teaching of meditation practices.


“The pace of life has accelerated to such an extent that many of us have become deaf to the inner whisperings of our moment to moment experience.”
Bonnie Badenoch PhD.