I am a Registered Psychotherapist licensed with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (license #001543). My therapy education is based in the Gestalt methodology, which required 4 years of study, followed by 2 years of supervised clinical practice. I have been leading groups and seeing clients privately since 2009. I am an active member in good standing with OACCPP (Ontario Association of Consultants, Counselors Psychotherapists and Psychometrists) and have studied Humanities at the University of Waterloo.
As a lifetime learner, I continue to expand my knowledge and experience through numerous continuing education programs including Art Therapy, Anger Management, Couples Therapy, Sensory Awareness, Adlerian psychology, Child Development, EFT (Emotion Focused Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) . I also belong to an active professional reading group with peers.
Prior to choosing to study Psychotherapy, I was a management consultant, working primarily in the financial services sector. It was in this capacity that I began to see how essential healthy inter-personal dynamics were to engaged employees and successful initiatives. I wanted to be able to make a difference in this area, that seemed to be so important, yet avoided by management. So I decided to take the One Year for Professionals program, and just kept going.
I held a wide range of management positions across diverse functions in large Canadian companies over the past 20 years. I played key roles in multi-million dollar Strategy Development initiatives, led acquisition-driven Change Management programs, and facilitated numerous Strategic Planning sessions for a variety of industry sectors. My broad experience enables me to relate easily to most people, and offer insights that demonstrate understanding of the internal implications of strategic choices and the impact on those they will affect. I keep a steady yet flexible hand on the rudder as I navigate groups through demanding challenges.
I have 15+ years experience working with executive teams and key stakeholders; yet I have a unique ability to connect with people at all levels and roles, which stems from having come through the ranks. I am known for my open, honest approach and living my values. I am exceptionally skilled at seeing the dynamics at play within people and groups.
I have been an active volunteer in my profession having worked to support my school through the process of regulation and also to lobby on behalf of all Registered Psychotherapists to have our services covered widely for our clients who have 3rd party insurance benefits. I also sat on the Board of Ontario Sailing, the Outer Harbour Sailing Federation, the St Jamestown Sailing Club and the East Toronto Climate Action Group. I held a public seat on the Canadian Advisory Committee for Social Responsibility which put forward the Canadian position for the ISO 26000 standard on Social Responsibility.