I am a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists (#3201). I obtained my Master of Education in Counselling Psychology Degree at the University of Alberta. My area of practice focuses primarily on psycho-educational assessments for children and adolescents referred due to academic, social, emotional, and/or behavioural concerns.
I was a classroom teacher for a number of years and I recognized how important it was to understand students’ learning abilities and challenges as well as emotional well-being. Becoming a psychologist enabled me to learn more about the ways in which students could be supported both in the classroom and at home. Much of my teaching and psychology experience involved working with indigenous students in primarily rural communities. I learned from all the students I have worked with, and their parents and caregivers, the importance of learning about and respecting different cultures and traditions. I also learned about the challenges of combining current educational practices with traditional ways. These experiences allowed me to understand children and adolescents’ issues and struggles from a variety of different perspectives and develop my skills completing psycho-educational assessments for learning, behavioural and emotional concerns. I believe that providing psycho-educational suggestions and strategies to families, and collaborating with the family and community is very important to a child’s success. I value the opportunity to collaborate with parents/caregivers and other important people in a child’s life. It is very important to be able to use this information to assist educators, parents and partners in developing appropriate enrichment, supports and interventions for students. Finally, I also have extensive experience supporting preschool-aged children with learning, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties, their families, and their educational teams.