Counselling and Psychotherapy

I have been working full time as a psychotherapist since 1998 after coming from Annapolis Valley Health Services. I have been involved with Social Work since 1988 and specialize in Stress and Trauma recovery. Over the years I have researched, written about trauma and coordinated groups and community actions. In 1990 I spent 8 months in India. I worked with social workers who support women who have experienced violence, rape and torture. I stayed at a women’s shelter for many months working with some of the women’s husbands and speaking to women regarding the differences between western and eastern culture re: trauma. At that time, I also witnessed extreme poverty, neglect and abuse especially while volunteering at Mother Theresa’s home for the dying in Calcutta. In 1998 I was part of a group in auditing the first domestic violence court in Ottawa, Ontario. In 2005 I was in Colombia, South America involved in trauma recovery work with those experiencing torture, kidnapping, violence, death threats and the destruction of basic human rights. I am a Registered Social Worker and trained in numerous approaches to Mental Health and trauma recovery work.

I work primarily with adults, teens, families and groups. I work with those who experience extreme stress, trauma and loss, anxiety, depression and other mental health concerns.

My specialties include:

-Prolonged Exposure Therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Emotional Processing of Traumatic Experiences
-Stress/Trauma, abuse and torture recovery specialist
-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
-Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
-Acceptance Commitment Therapy
-Suicide and homicide prevention
-Crisis intervention-early response, critical incident stress management and bereavement counseling skills
-Case management, assessment, advocacy and broker skills
-Education/awareness, training and prevention experience
-Extensive knowledge and experience in community development
-Marital, family, group and community presentation/facilitation
-Certified in auricular acupuncture and Ericsonian medical hypnosis, meditation
-Knowledge of both internal and external community resources
-Experienced in community health and substance abuse issues (harm reduction/relapse prevention)
-Mindfulness Meditation
-Numerous other psychotherapeutic and counselling approaches

I am also trained in First Aid and CPR.