Theoretical Approach & Areas of Special Interest
I believe that therapy is a safe place for individuals to be heard and explore their own strengths in working towards positive changes in their lives. Everyone comes to therapy with their own unique perspectives, beliefs, and coping abilities which when combined with current research, allows me to draw upon approaches that best match each client's needs and goals for therapy.
I firmly believe that a natural and relaxed environment that I can provide at Country Counselling Services, enables my clients in overcoming barriers they may feel in regards to intimidation about the counselling process. While a majority of my practice is traditional office therapy in a relaxed country setting, some of my work includes equine partners for the duration of treatment, or as an adjunct experiential treatment opportunity for my own clients. I do also accept referrals from physicians or other therapists for their clients, to assist them through "stuck points" which happen often in the therapy office, and for Integrative Medicine for Mental Health consults and biofeedback treatment as this is a specialty practice area which I offer.
I frequently utilize mindfulness, somatic trauma therapy, biofeedback strategies, cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, equine assisted interventions, hypnosis, and solution-focused therapy as preferred treatment modalities. I also have a passion for understanding mental health from a "whole person" perspective with mind and body as one and not separate. As a Certified Integrative Medicine Provider for Mental Health, my treatment plans will frequently include assessment and recommendations of nutrition, supplements, referrals to complimentary providers, and other integrative medicine treatments that are evidence-based in contributing to mental wellness. These protocols are specific to your situation and can be booked during your treatment if that is of interest to you.
When I not working out of my home facility with clients, you can find me providing mental health services for First Responder (Ambulance/Fire) organizations, and for Indigenous communities and private businesses that require psychological support for staff members, across Alberta. I have also participated in Crisis Response for mental health which has taken me from Alberta to Eastern Canada. In addition, I can be found speaking at conferences, providing training, and consulting on program planning for organizations throughout Alberta. Another one of my passions is utilizing psychological practices to enhance equestrian training and competition not only in my own arena with my own horses, but in arena's throughout Alberta. Additionally, I provide pain management therapy using psychological practices and biofeedback in my private practice, and off site in a holistic pain assessment and management clinic.
I have a strong passion for continuing education and seek specialty training/post-masters training in a variety of areas to continually increase my skill set and increase benefits for my clients. I am currently enrolled full-time in a Doctor of Psychology program and am excited to contribute doctoral level psychology training to my current and future clients.
Professional Registrations & Areas of Practice
Registered Clinical Counsellor (13594)
Registered Therapeutic Counsellor (2555)
Registered Counselling Therapist, Psychotherapist (1203)
Certified Family Trauma Professional
Certified Integrative Medicine Provider for Mental Health
Areas of Practice: Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorders, Trauma/PTSD & First Responder Treatment, Relationship/Couples, Grief, Stress, Workplace issues, Life Transitions, Self-Esteem, Pain Assessment & Management, Crisis Response, Equine Assisted Therapy, Indigenous Health and Wellness, Finding meaning in life/personal growth, Insomnia, Psychological therapy for Equestrians, Testing & Assessment Services, Hypnosis, Integrative Medicine for Mental Health, Biofeedback.
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)- STUDENT
Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology
with academic distinction, 2012-2015
Bachelor of Human Resources and Labour Relations
Certificate in Information Access & the Protection of Privacy
Certificate in Animal Assisted Psychotherapy
Registered Counselling Therapist
Association of Counselling Therapists of Alberta
BC Association of Registered Clinical Counsellors
Registered Clinical Counsellor
Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada
Registered Therapeutic Counsellor
Certificate in Hypnosis Treatment for Trauma & PTSD
Certificate in Nutritional & Integrative Medicine for Mental Health
Certificate in Nurse Practitioner Post-graduate Training: MH Prevention, Promotion & Diagnosis
Certificate in Nurse Practitioner Post-graduate Training: Advanced Concepts- Medications, Therapies, & Special Populations
HeartMath Training & Certification for Health Professionals
Psychopharmacology Intensive Course- Dr. Buffington, PhD, M.S.
Post-Masters Continuing Education
Grief & Loss
Trauma & PTSD
Psychological Testing & Assessment
Mindfulness in Therapeutic Practice
Managing Chronic Pain
Supporting the Suicide Bereaved
Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder
Suicide Risk/Self Harm
CBT with GAD
Web & Telephone Counselling
Supporting Clients through Life Transitions
Wellbriety Medicine Wheel & 12 Step Program for Indigenous Men & Women
Solution Focused Therapy
Couples Counselling Models & Interventions
Treating Depression in Older Adults
Health Psychology/Behavioural Medicine
Gottman Couples Counselling (6 week program)
Somatic Trauma Therapy (Dr. P. Levine)
The Therapeutic Use of Medicinal Cannabis
DSM-5 Differential Diagnosis
Certificate in Nurse Practitioner Post Graduate Training in Mental Health Prevention, Promotion and Diagnosis
Certificate in Hypnosis for Trauma & PTSD (Drs Kershaw & Wade)
Certificate in Nutritional & Integrative Medicine for Mental Health (Dr. L. Korn)
Certificate in Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Training in MH Advanced Concepts: Medications, Therapies, & Special Populations.
HeartMath Interventions for Health Practitioners