My Therapeutic Approach

My approach is trauma-informed and combines cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) and music-integrated therapy (MIT).

The basis of my work is to create a safe space for you to tell your truths, help you identify your core challenges and setbacks and discover coping mechanisms and thought and behaviour patterns you can choose to change. Change is not easy or comfortable; however, when you are working with someone you trust, it is possible, less intimidating and empowering.

I have extensive expertise in brief and long-term therapy and help children to elders and first responders with mild to severe mental health conditions, including:

Education & Credentials

Bachelor of Pure & Applied Science (Environmental Science) with Honours (BScH)

Acadia University

Medical Degree (MBBChBAO)

Trinity College, University of Dublin

Master of Journalism (MJ)

University of British Columbia

Residency in Rural Family Medicine (MD)

McMaster University

Therapy Certificates & Courses:

Transference and countertransference: Training for mental health professionals (Natalie Zlodre Choy)

Trauma recovery: Processing guilt and shame (Natalie Zlodre)

Navigating the Nervous System: A Polyvagal Approach to Working with Complex Trauma (Deb Dana)

In the Know: A mental health awareness program for farmers and the agricultural community (CMHA Ontario)

Certificate in trauma counselling for mental health professionals: Level 2 (Ian Robertson)

Group Music-Integrated Therapy Training Program (Deborah Seabrook)

Certificate in DBT for eating disorders: Level 3 – Group Consultation (Anita Federici)

Supporting Indigenous clients: Understanding the neuroscience of trauma and resilience (Jennifer Mervyn and Dwight Ballantyne) 

Becoming an adult attachment-focused therapist (Annette Kussin)  

Certificate in DBT for eating disorders: Adolescents – Parts 1 & 2 (Anita Federici)

Certificate in DBT for eating disorders: Adults – Parts 1 & 2 (Anita Federici)

Certificate in trauma counselling for mental health professionals: Level 1 (Natalie Zlodre)

DBT Skills Training – Intensive Track (DBT House)

OSRP Mentorship Program (Ontario Society of Registered Psychotherapists) 

Understanding the Fire Service for Mental Health Clinicians (International Association of Fire Fighters)

CMCBT (Certificate in Medical CBT) (Greg Dubord, CBT Canada)

Core Indigenous Cultural Safety Health Training (Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre)

CBT Boot Camp (Christine Padesky)

Yoga Therapy (YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka)

The Body Keeps the Score: New Frontiers in Trauma Treatment (Bessel van der Kolk)

Overcoming Low Self Esteem: A Transdiagnostic CBT Approach to Break the Cycle of Anxiety & Depression (Melanie Fennell)

6th Annual North Simcoe Muskoka Dementia Network Conference: Whose Decision Is It, Anyway? Consent & Capacity in Dementia Care (North Simcoe Muskoka Dementia Network)

“Communicating with Patients/Clients Who Know More than They Can Say” Based on Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (SCA) – Aphasia Institute (Brenda Liddle)

Anxiety in Older Adults (Cindy Grief)

Professional Practice and Jurisprudence e-Learning Module – the legal, ethical and professional obligations of a psychotherapist (CRPO)