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     I believe that the most challenging times can become the motivation to making positive changes in your life. If you are struggling with worry, stress, parenting challenges, divorce, relationship issues, codependency, loss or grief, you are not alone. I provide a supportive, non-judgemental and safe space, meeting you where you are in your life and your relationships, with the focus on developing greater self-awareness, understanding of your emotions, learning coping skills, and improving your relationships with others and yourself. When you are ready to reach out, I am here to listen and support you to achieve your goals.

     I offer a compassionate, non-judgmental, open-minded, ethical and attentive approach to my clients using a mindfulness, self-compassion, emotion-focused, person-focused, attachment-based approach. My experience includes supporting adults with anxiety, depression, stress, abuse, parenting and relationship issues and working with abused women in family court. You can find out more information under "Services". 

     I also work as a Collaborative Law Family Professional, bringing several years of family law experience from my previous position as a Family Court Support Worker (FCSW) and Legal Support Worker, my current work as a social worker/therapist, and through my work as an information referral coordinator at the Durham Family Law Information Centre. You can find more information about this under "Services". 

My qualifications include:

  • Master of Social Work Degree: Children and Families, University of Toronto. 2018

  • Level 1 & 2: Collaborative Law training 

  • Masters level course: Family Mediation, University of Toronto. 2018 

  • Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree: Women’s Studies & English Literature, Trent University. 2010 

  • Social Service Worker Diploma, Durham College. 2008

  • Trained in Intimate Partner Violence and Family Law

  • I continue my education through workshops and webinars

My work experience includes:  

  • having worked with adults struggling with anxiety, depression, abuse, co-dependency, stress, coping, and parenting and relationship issues. 

  • having worked with women involved in the family court process, after they have left relationships that involved intimate partner violence.

  • having worked with adults, through the group process, teaching assertiveness skills and mindfulness skills

  • having co-facilitated groups for women learning to manage their emotions related to their family court process

  • Information Referral Coordinator at the Durham Court House Family Law Information Centre

  • having co-facilitated a group for teens with issues related to childhood sexual abuse

  • online teaching for the Durham College social service worker program

Most recent trainings:

  • Psychodramatic Bodywork -Intermediate Workshop

       Susan Aaron - March 31st - April 2nd, 2023

  • Psychodramatic Bodywork - Introductory Workshop

       Susan Aaron - February 24th - 26th, 2023

  • Adult Attachment in Clinical Practice

      Annette Kussin - October 3rd -4th, 2022

  • Fundamentals of Trauma-Informed Practice

       Karine Silverwoman - October 7th, 2022

  • EFT (Tapping) Coaching 

       Leigh Anne Andrew - May - August, 2022

  • OACP Domestic Violence Protocols Training

       May 5th, 2022

  • Productive Emotional Processing in Psychotherapy

       Dr. Les Greenberg & Dr. A. Pascual-Leone

       May 27th - 28th, 2022

  • Clinical Supervision Skills for Developing Counsellors

       CTRI Vicki Enns - January 12th, 2022

  • Mental Illness or Adaptation 

       Gabor Mate - January 7th, 2022

  • Eating Disorders From Image to Illness

       CTRI Kimberly Enns - December 1st, 2021

  • Screening for Power Imbalance and Domestic Violence

       Family Mediation Training Canada - November 1-3, 2021

  • Grief Literacy Training 1 & 2

       OASW York Region - October 12th and November 17th, 2021

  • Helping Clients Through Separation, Divorce, Co-Parenting and Blending 

       Dr. Joseph Tropper - May 27th, 2021

  • Working with Separating Parent: Age and Development Stage Issues to Consider when Developing Child Centred Parenting Plans

       C. McGhee, A. Beck, S. Guthrie - April 22nd, 2021

  • Becoming an Adult Attachment Focused Therapist

       Annette Kussin - March 30th, 2021

I am a member in good standing with:

  • the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW)

  • the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW)

  • Ontario Association of Collaborative Practice (OACP) and Collaborative Practice Durham Region

  • International Association of Collaborative Practice (IACP)

  • Chi Delta, the University of Toronto’s chapter of Phi Alpha Social Work Honour Society


     On a personal level, I embrace the joys and challenges of being a parent, stepparent, and grandparent. I look forward to hearing from you. 

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