I am a registered social worker and psychotherapist in Ontario in private practice since 2001. I received my B.S.W. with honours at Ryerson University and my M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto where I also completed all but my dissertation in the Ed.D. in Counselling Psychology program. I completed additional certification in Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy with The Focusing Institute in 2008.
As a life-long learner, I continue to participate in professional training. Currently, I am a teacher-trainee in Mindful Self-Compassion with the University of California San Diego Centre For Mindfulness. As well as my private practice, I have facilitated Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) groups with Dr. Lucinda Sykes at Meditation For Health since 2006.
Prior to this, I facilitated groups at Sheena’s Place and practiced individual psychotherapy at The Women and Body Image Project, Women’s College Hospital, a program for women with disordered eating and physical differences. I have additional training in diversity and multicultural practices with an emphasis on inter-racial/inter-religious families, an area I have researched, presented and published on.
I am registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), and a member in good standing of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW), a professional associate of the Focusing Institute, New York and a professional member of Mindfulness Toronto.
Before becoming a therapist, I studied painting in New York City and completed a certificate program in Magazine Journalism from Ryerson University.