Clinical member of the Ontario Association for Marriage & Family Therapy
Clinical member of the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy
Master of Divinity (M. Div.) with a Marriage and Family Therapy focus.
Numerous professional training seminars and externships such as AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), EFT for Couples, Focusing, Anxiety Disorders, Prepare and Enrich, Counselling Teenagers in the EAP Setting, Depression, Violence in Relationships and High Conflict Divorce
Many years leading depression and single mother support groups
20 years of Pastoral Care and Counselling
Experience counselling an ethnically diverse clientele at Tyndale Counselling Services and Catholic Community Services of York Region
Experience working for EAP companies Shepell, Solareh and Human Solutions/Homewood
Working with Emotions in Therapy
As a singer and a former voice coach, I was well aware of the role of emotion in voice performance. What would a musical theatre or operatic production be without a dramatic expression of the full spectrum of human emotion? To feel is to be alive. However, when negative emotions become problematic we often try to repress or cut ourselves off from our feelings. As an emotionally focused therapist, I believe that all emotions, even those we consider to be negative, can reveal important clues to our healing. Once we are able to reduce the fear of feeling negative emotions, we can listen to and learn what they are trying to tell us. Once we learn to process these emotions a transformation to a more positive emotional state can occur.