My therapeutic style is relational, compassionate, collaborative, direct & structured. I care deeply about establishing safe and trusting relationships with each person I work with.
My approach to therapy is integrative and trauma-informed, meaning I draw from different therapy models to guide my work and I’m sensitive to the impact of trauma.
In my practice I integrate psychodynamic, emotion-focused, and cognitive-behavioral models into working with individuals, couples, and families.
Early in my career, I completed comprehensive training and supervision at Felton Institute in San Francisco in the clinical application of: cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI), and multifamily group psychoeducation (MFG).
My clinical focus has since shifted to deepening my understanding and practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy as well as integrating various approaches to trauma healing such as Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST), Internal Family Systems (IFS), & Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP).
Master of Arts (M.A.), Clinical Mental Health Counselling, Fairfield University—Fairfield, CT (2016)
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Journalism, Concordia University—Montreal, QC (2010)
Advanced graduate coursework in: Human sexuality; Marriage & family therapy; Grief & loss; Clinical supervision & consultation (Fairfield University, 2015)
Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp) intensive training & supervision (Felton Institute, 2016-2018)
Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-5 (SCID-5) intensive training & coaching (Felton Institute, 2016-2018)
Multifamily Group Psychoeducation (MFG) training & coaching (Pier Training Institute & Felton Institute, 2016-2018)
Motivational Interviewing (MI) intensive training & coaching (Felton Institute, 2016)
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) in Community-Based Settings (Felton Institute, 2016)
Psychopharmacology (Alliant International University-SF, 2016)
Understanding Issues in the Queer Experience (San Mateo County BHRS, 2016)
Addiction & the LGBTQIA Community (San Mateo County BHRS, 2017)
Structured Interview for Prodromal Symptoms (SIPS) & the Scale of Prodromal Symptoms (SOPS) (The PRIME Research Clinic, 2017)
Native American Mental Health: Historical Trauma & Healing Practices (San Mateo County BHRS, 2017)
eCPR Practitioner training (Emotional CPR & Felton Institute, 2017)
Addressing Trauma with Youth (San Mateo County BHRS, 2017)
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) (LivingWorks, 2017)
Trauma-Informed Care: Sexual Abuse (San Mateo County, BHRS, 2018)
The Therapeutic Community Model (Our Place Society, 2018)
Indigenous Cultural Safety Training: Core ICS Mental Health (BC Provincial Health Services Authority Indigenous Health Program, 2020)
Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) Immersion - Level 1 (AEDP Institute, 2020)
Neuroplasticity: Neurofeedback & Mindfulness (Trauma Research Foundation, Pre-Conference Workshop, 2022)
Psychedelics & Neuroscience (Trauma Research Foundation, Pre-Conference Workshop, 2022)
Treating Complex Trauma with Internal Family Systems (IFS) (Frank Anderson/PESI, 2022)
Healing the Wounds of Trauma (Gabor Mate/Psychotherapy Networker, 2022)
Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST) - Level 1 (Janina Fisher/Academy of Therapy Wisdom, 2022-ongoing)
Certificate Program in Traumatic Stress Studies (Bessel van der Kolk et al./Trauma Research Foundation, 2022-ongoing)