I’m a Registered Psychotherapist, yoga teacher, and meditation guide. I feel honoured to support you and bring a balance of thinking and feeling, head and heart, to the table to help you in a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental way. My first goal as a therapist is to help you feel comfortable with me, with yourself, and with taking steps to improve your mental and physical health. I recently completed an M.A. in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University.
My path didn’t start with therapy or yoga. I began my career after 10 years of post-secondary education in ecology as a field ornithologist, studying birds across North America. I published two scientific papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and wrote numerous reports for the government. In many ways, that was unrelated to therapy, but it helped me cultivate a strong scientific mind and critical thinking skills that translate to the ability to help me help you figure out what’s best for you.
Field work mysteriously led to working in a high-stress provincial government office for several years as a planning biologist, habitat biologist, project coordinator, and policy analyst. I know the mental and physical challenges associated with stress and prolonged sitting well.
I left my permanent government job in 2013 and became a yoga teacher. I’ve taken more than 600 hours of yoga teacher training and have taught over 3,300 classes and workshops since 2013. I love teaching. In addition to yoga, I’ve taught extensively across a range of disciplines for 25 years, including as a university-level teaching assistant and lecturer, teaching English as a second language in Japan for two years, and teaching community-level bird watching courses. Again, this is perhaps seemingly unrelated to therapy, but all this teaching experience has refined in me the ability to explain things in ways that are easily understood.
I look forward to supporting you on your journey to mental wellbeing.