I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing Degree from Brandon University in 2007. Over the last 15 years, I have worked as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse in acute psychiatric inpatient units, outpatient clinics, forensics, assertive outreach and medical psychiatry. I offer therapy for children, adolescents, adults and groups.
My specialty is in behaviour therapies that aim to balance thoughts, feelings, urges and behaviours. Experiencing intense emotions can result in urges getting out of control, feelings of hopelessness and behaviours that often make situations worse (self-harm, drugs, alcohol). My passion is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). DBT is designed to treat individuals who are experiencing intense, sometimes debilitating emotions. A core component of DBT is the individual’s need for both acceptance and change in their life. I use this philosophy not only in my life but in my approach while working with clients.
Whether you are struggling with a life stressor, or a mental illness, one of the largest contributing factors in whether therapy is effective or not is the individual’s readiness to work toward change. Think about an area of your life, what would you like to be different? Would you like to improve relationships, increase feelings of effectiveness or happiness?
I am committed in supporting you to learn about yourself, practice acceptance and understanding while balancing the need to move forward into a place where you want to be. My favorite core philosophy of DBT is creating a life worth living, and I absolutely love being given the opportunity to work with you on this journey.