B.A., MSc. Psych, HDip Ed, PhD, GMBPsS, PCBT (Foundation), DBTAccred. (AAAC).
William Glasser Institute:
Certificate - Choice Therapy
British Psychological Society Approved:
Level 1 (Foundation) Accreditation in ACT
Level 1 (Foundation) Accreditation as a CBT Practitioner.
Level 2 (Advanced Assessed Academic Competence) Accreditation in DBT
Certificate - CBT for Couples
Graduate Member - British Psychological Society.
Graduate Student Member - American Psychological Association.
International Affiliate: Canadian Psychological Association
My background is rooted in education and counseling. I have been involved in education for almost twenty years, specializing in special education support and counseling. I have worked with students with various issues, including emotional challenges, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and learning challenges. I worked with at-risk teenagers to help them succeed educationally and socially. I developed outreach programs for schools to allow students with severe anxiety and attendance problems to gain their high school diplomas. I have also worked at an administrative level in schools.
Since 2012 I have focused on counseling and worked with adults and teenagers with anxiety, depression, cultural challenges, personality disorders, and bullying. I have also worked in educational counseling, focusing on university applications, international schooling in Japan, and career guidance.
My focus is on the following areas:
Sexuality and gender identity
CBT for couples
Special Educational Needs
My therapeutic approach integrates aspects of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), choice therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. I continue to work on professional development and broadening my therapeutic skills to ensure that I can maximize my skills for my clients. As part of that practice, I participate in supervision to ensure that best practices in therapy are followed.
My philosophy when approaching therapy has taken me many years to comprehend fully. Through my own study and training, I feel that it can be best expressed through the Latin "Temet Nosce," which roughly translates as "know thyself." This phrase takes such an important place in my approach to therapy because it is at the heart of all work done with a client. Helping the client truly understand and know themselves allows them to face the challenges that are a part of them and come to terms with those challenges. As a result, they can build the skills needed to overcome their mental health concerns.
I have also come to understand that no single therapeutic approach will work with every client; each person's unique life experience influences the approach that should be taken with them. As such, I approach each client through various modalities to ensure that we can find the best one that fits their particular needs and help them know themselves.
I look forward to working with you for mental health, special needs consultation, or educational needs.
If you wish to know more about me, please do not hesitate to reach out.