I have been fourteen working in the fields of social work, mental health, addiction and therapy since 2006. After graduating from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, I attended the University of Calgary and completed a Bachelor of Social Work in Generalist Practice. Following this, I completed a Master’s Degree in Social Work with Clinical Specialization. Most recently, I completed a Clinical Social Work designation within the Alberta College of Social Workers. This is an advanced designation which requires additional clinical hours, supervision, training and examination.
My career has equipped me with a diverse therapy experience working with a variety of populations. I have worked extensively in addictions treatment; in a detoxification unit, several inpatient treatment programs, as well as in an outpatient addiction clinic specializing in women’s mental health and trauma. Additionally, I have worked in the field of domestic violence, as well as in the forensics system within the context of mental health and addiction. My experience working on acute mental health inpatient treatment units has enhanced my extensive knowledge of mental health treatment across the spectrum.
Additionally, my experience in treating active military service members, veterans and RCMP officers as well as other first responders who experience operational stress injuries due to their service, has allowed me to view and treat mental health conditions through an attachment framework and trauma-informed lens. I have extensive experience working in the field of trauma both service related and non-service related.
I am also a wife and the mother of two wonderful children who keep me busy. In my spare time, I enjoy yoga, playing with my two dogs, reading, gardening, travelling, watching baseball and spending time with family and friends.
Working in this field is a tremendous honour and I am humbled by the courage and strength of the clients with whom I work. Attending therapy can be a difficult decision but the journey of self discovery can also be incredibly rewarding and well worth the hard work. I very much look forward to taking this journey alongside you to help you meet your therapy goals and live your life to the fullest.