We are located in Guelph and online throughout Ontario, Canada.
With a Master of Arts in Child Study and Education (MA) and a Master of Social Work (MSW) I have worked as a registered Social Worker for 3 years now and am experienced in both in-person and online therapy. I began my career in the health care field and moved to working in mental health. As a psychotherapist in private practice, I am focused on mental well-being for women, mental well-being for men, postpartum, couples, families, and grief and bereavement. I am also part of a consultation group on gender, identity and sexuality.
Early learning throughout our childhood can greatly impact how we manage later in life. It can impact how we see ourselves, how we see others, the world and the choices we make. However, the depth of this impact is not always so obvious. It is through deep reflection that we can learn perhaps why we manage the way we do.
As such, I believe we all have many stories to tell. Each story being unique, meaningful and worth telling. It is through this process of telling these stories that we begin to heal wounds and find ourselves again. The many stories of my life led me through loss, grief, stress and pain but also joy, connection, meaning and love.
First and foremost I work from a person-centred approach and incorporate narrative therapy, mindfulness and brief solution focused therapy. Telling our stories of grief, pain, love and triumph can release the grip they may have on us or build us up as we so deserve. I also utilize aspects of cognitive behavioural therapy throughout my sessions as our thought processes can strongly impact our story writing and how we interpret ours and other’s stories.
Your mental health matters and you are the author of your present and future stories. Through our sessions, I hope we can work together to discover your stories, help you build new, positive ones and prepare you to think, act and feel more adept in the face of difficult stories.
I will be expanding my practice into working with couples and families as well as focusing on grief and bereavement.
- Master of Arts in Child Study and Education
- Master of Social Work
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Family and Child Studies
Professional Activities and Memberships
- Registered with the Ontario Association of Social Workers
- Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers
- Community Reinforcement and Family Training for individuals and couples with substance issues
- Introduction to Problem Gambling
- Grief and Bereavement Counselling
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
As a psychotherapist with 9 years of experience, I have grown to know that I have a passion for witnessing clients discover the values they cherish, and utilize those to achieve their goals. I know that people flourish in therapy and counselling when they have a good relationship with their therapist. I am devoted to creating and maintaining a safe, non-judgemental, calm, and sensitive therapeutic space in which you will receive appropriate support.
I am a registered psychotherapist and a registered marriage and family therapist who has worked in a variety of settings offering specialized support to individuals confronting unique circumstances. I utilize an integrative therapeutic approach drawing from multiple disciplines and modalities to offer clients a service tailored to each person or relationship.
I look forward to working with you.
- University of Guelph, Master of Science in Family Relations and Human Development (Couple and Family Therapy)
- University of Western Ontario, London, Bachelor of Arts Honours Program (major in Sociology, minor in Psychology)
Certificates / Professional Affiliations
- Canadian Association of Marriage and Family Therapy – Registered Marriage and Family Therapist
- College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario – Registered Psychotherapist (RP)
- Advanced Brief and Narrative Therapy Certificate with the Windz Institute
- Prevention and Management of Aggressive Behaviour (PMAB) Certificate
- Child and Youth Mental Health Assessment (ChYMH) by interRAI certification
- Family Connections Leader Training Program with Alan E. Fruzzetti Ph.D.
- John Howard Society’s Restorative Justice Skills and Process Training certificate
Some of the concerns I often help clients on include: depression, anxiety, psychosis, trauma (of many kinds), self-endangerment, self-esteem, relationships, grief and loss, LGBTQ2S+, sexuality and gender identity, and more. Wherever you might be in the process of working through those issues (or others) is where we will pick up.
For 5+ years I have worked as a registered Social Worker in the field of mental health for five years. I have been fortunate enough to work with clients in various settings, including community mental health and private practice. It is a privilege to learn about and share in the journeys of others. I am passionate about providing hope and helping clients to reexamine limiting beliefs in a way that helps them achieve their goals.
I have extensive experience in supporting individuals with a wide range of mental wellness concerns using a client-centred and recovery-oriented approach, both in-person in Guelph and virtually (online). I use the Gottman Method, attachment theory, and emotion-focused therapy as my guiding framework for couples counselling – but you probably will not notice, because at root our sessions are a conversation between me and you. I try to keep it light and easy to discuss what is on your mind, while staying focused on your goals.
I look forward to getting to know you in a comfortable and non-judgmental space that allows us to work together on your challenges and help you find a sense of inner calm.
If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you or someone you love is suffering in some way. But the good news is that things will get better, and I hope to help you (or them) get to better times.
I work mainly with young adults, youth, and children, and have for the past decade (and it’s been the best decade of my life so far). The challenges we work on include depression, anxiety, childhood trauma, coping with life changes, and many more.
If any of those age groups describes you or someone you love who could use a friendly ear and a helping hand, you may find (as my clients and I have) that art therapy, play therapy, or family therapy modalities (like dyadic developmental psychotherapy) – or some combination – can help.
As a therapist, I have training in and enjoy continually learning more about developmental psychology, neuroscience, and psychotherapy in general. I am also familiar with talk-modalities like CBT, DBT, EFT, narrative, existential, solution-focused brief therapy, and spiritually-integrated psychotherapy, which also can help clients who are interested.
For younger clients, my less-verbal techniques can be helpful. Complex or painful emotions can be hard to put into words – for adults and especially for children – and so play often offers an easier and fuller way to communicate. I practice non-directive play therapy, and use the play therapy room (virtually, during COVID) to create a safe relationship and opportunity for children to express themselves freely, develop autonomy, and work through difficult thoughts and emotions.
In my experience, and according to research, the biggest factor in how well therapy works is the client-therapist relationship. That’s one reason you can expect me to be genuine, empathetic, positive, and affirming. Also, I don’t have a “one size fits all” approach to therapy. Instead, I will work with you to custom-fit a therapy experience based on your unique needs and expressed concerns.
I’ll get to know you soon enough, but what am I like as a person? I have been described as a “human Labrador.” I’m a people person in general, and have a particular rapport with young people, with all their potential, curiosity, and enthusiasm – whether those qualities are have been realized or stifled. That often comes out in talking about or “geeking out” about creative pursuits and hobbies – some of which we probably have in common.
I believe people are generally good and try their best amidst often unfair and extremely difficult circumstances. That’s why my approach to therapy is all about you, your family, and/or your child, and helping you see your – or each other’s – best qualities and strengths again.
I have 7 years (and counting) of experience in helping children, youth, and families in-person and in an online therapy setting. My interest in working with kids goes back to the beginning of my professional career: I got my Bachelor’s degree in Child and Youth Care (BACYC), followed by a Master’s in Social Work (MSW). Since then, I have worked within school board settings and in private practice. Though I can help clients of all ages, my affinity for children / youth has been a constant.
Some of the many challenges that I can help with include:
- Trauma, including childhood trauma, intergenerational trauma, and racial trauma
- School issues
- Coping skills
- COVID-related challenges, affecting children and youth in particular
- 2SLGBTQ+ -related issues
I can also help with race-related concerns and challenges often faced by individuals who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous or Person of Colour), whether you have experienced them first-hand or a loved one has. In my practice, I work from a strength-based, client-centered, and anti-racist, anti-oppressive approach that may employ Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. Providing support to people who have experienced racial trauma of all kinds is a common thread throughout my personal and professional life.
In my experience, people’s default state tends not to be one of happiness, harmony, or lack of serious challenges to one’s mental well-being. Rather, we are constantly torn between sometimes-conflicting emotions, needs, obligations, and identities, and navigating them takes constant and proactive discussion and reflection. That is especially true in kids and families. I look forward to getting to know you, learning about your unique situation, identifying challenges that we both might have experienced, and working to make the challenges smaller and smaller over time.
I am a registered psychotherapist specializing in individual, couples and family therapy and the owner/clinical director of Spacious Mind Counselling. I am trained and experienced in the delivery of online therapy for the past ten years.
I believe you are the expert in your life and even though you may not know it, you have all the answers within you. Unfortunately sometimes life can make accessing these answers difficult. Trauma, mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, work, family, and relationship pressures can all impact our ability to connect to peace and happiness.
I have found through personal experience that talking to a trained professional in psychotherapy who is kind, caring, non judgmental and emotionally attuned can support the process of being able to listen to ourselves and work towards living a life that is free of suffering. I am passionate about providing quality therapy to people I work with.
I was born in Ireland and qualified initially as a mechanical engineer. I became interested in psychotherapy through personal growth and engagement in my own journey. It was following a significant crisis due to overworking, anxiety and low self esteem that I decided to engage in personal therapy 15 years ago. I benefited so much from therapy that I decided to study it formally. This led me to gaining a masters in community work with an honours bachelors degree in psychotherapy and becoming a registered psychotherapist.
I moved to Canada in 2014 and have been lucky enough to study with leaders in the field of psychotherapy. I have found therapy helpful in my own life to manage symptoms of depression, compulsive behaviours and anxiety which has led to increased happiness, less reactive habits and improved personal relationships. I am grateful to be able to teach these skills to the people I work with.
I have worked in the areas of mental health and family services for over ten years. I have trained internationally in several areas of humanistic and integrative psychotherapy including dialectic behavior therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, narrative therapy, emotionally focused therapy, motivational interviewing, family systems therapy, couples therapy and gestalt therapy. The type of therapy that was a significant game changer for me however was MiCBT. Although it required more personal work, it reaped greater peace and calmness of mind than other modalities and is now part of my daily routine and greatly informs my work.
- Master of Arts in Youth and Community Work
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychotherapy
License, Certifications & Awards
- Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario(CRPO).
- Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
- Emotion Focused Therapy for individuals (EFT)
- Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples
- Emotion Focused Trauma Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- Narrative Therapy
- Sex therapy intensive University of Guelph
- MiCBT foundation and applied program.