My therapeutic style is compassionate, affirming, relational, and collaborative. 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 traumatic life experiences.
In my practice I integrate cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, gender-sensitive therapy, family systems theory, and recovery-oriented care principles to working with individuals and couples.
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).
More recently, my training focus in Victoria has been on trauma therapy. I participated in monthly individual and group supervision while working at the Men's Trauma Centre, and I have completed training in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP).
Currently, I engage in monthly private supervision with a local clinical psychologist who specializes in sex therapy, couples therapy, mood issues, addictions, and trauma.
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; trauma & crisis intervention; grief & loss; clinical supervision and 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 behavioral 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) Training (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 & San Mateo County BHRS, 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 Course - Level 1 AEDP Therapist (AEDP Institute, 2020)