Education and Experience

  • Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists, 2001
  • Master in Education in Counselling Psychology, 1997
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, 1994

Working in settings (e.g., walk-in counselling, school environments) with individuals dealing with life stressors that create anxiety, depression, family conflict and social challenges since 1997.

Working with young children, school age, adolescents, and their families in various settings (e.g., child care, schools, clinics, private practice) since 1981.

Working with individuals with disabilities, their caregivers and educators, since 1998.

Working with institutions in educating staff and providing consultation to support their own emotional needs as well as the individuals who they interact with since 1998.

Career Path

My career has been a process of redefining and refining. I initially graduated with a Diploma in Early Childhood Development from Grant McEwan College in 1981. Even back then, it was clear that my passion lay in working with children and their families. Having moved to Calgary, I landed a position with the University of Calgary Daycare Centre and spent several years there. That exposure kindled my desire to become a psychologist. In 1994, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, and three years later with a Master in Education Degree in Counselling Psychology, both from the University of Calgary. I became a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists in 2001, having completed my chartering hours at a walk-in counselling clinic operated through Wood’s Homes and counselling high risk adolescents. Following that, I began working with special needs children and those within the autism spectrum with the Calgary Catholic School District. I remained with CSSD until 2003, at which point, I joined the REACH organization under the umbrella of the Calgary Board of Education.

Since being associated with REACH for nearly a decade, I have offered consultation, counselling, professional development, and assessment services to school staff, students, and parents throughout southern Alberta in the field of special needs and autism spectrum disorders while, in addition, developing a private practice. Suffice to say that the counselling side of my practice is, essentially, dual. It is designed to accommodate those with specific concerns related to their special needs or autism spectrum disorders, as well as, individuals with general mental health issues. Presently, I see a number of clients seeking treatment for anxiety, depression, life change stressors, interpersonal conflicts, confidence issues, social anxiety, and bullying.