Registered Psychologist and Registered Play Therapist
I am a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists (#4246), and I have specialized training in child assessment and therapy. I am also a Registered Play Therapist with The Association for Play Therapy (APT).
I have worked as a psychologist, consultant, and mental health therapist in school, community, and clinical settings. I have also been fortunate enough to gain experience in infant and preschool mental health. I have a special interest in working with preschool and school-aged children (ages 3-16). I believe that children do well when they can and that with strong relationships and coping skills, any child can succeed. I most often integrate Cognitive-Behavioural, Dialectical Behavioural, and Narrative approaches, with play, art, and sand tray activities to help children and teens learn and grow from the difficult events and feelings experienced in their life. I may also incorporate trauma-based therapy protocols (e.g., EMDR) to help strengthen children’s adaptive neural networks and to support their coping with challenges faced in their world.
In addition to working individually with children, I work collaboratively with parents and schools. I help caregivers gain insight into their child’s underlying areas of difficulty and support them in using therapeutic, neurobiological, and behavioural principles to promote child resilience and adjustment. Although I use an integrative approach, my foundation is always relationship-focused, and strength-based. As well, I consider not just the individual child, but the surrounding social contexts and the influence these have on child functioning and development.
I additionally complete psycho-educational assessments in order to help understand and address the learning needs of children and teens (ages 3-16). I aim to provide recommendations that can positively impact their success across home and school environments.
“We are always in a perpetual state of being created and creating ourselves.”
— Dan Siegel
Helping resolve challenging life experiences and give space for healing.