I believe that the most challenging times can become the motivation to making a positive change in your life. And that can be difficult to do on your own. When you’re ready to make that change, I’m here to listen with compassion in a safe and welcoming space. Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, parenting or relationship issues, divorce, grief, or stress? I want to help you to live your best life by supporting you to make sense of what has been challenging you by exploring and understanding how the issue is affecting you and your daily life, and then start to make the positive changes you are looking for.
My previous experience includes working with adults with mental health issues and working with adults, teens, and children coping with anxiety and depression, parenting and relationship issues, grief, co-dependency, and stress. I also have several years’ experience supporting women through the family court process, after they have left relationships that involved intimate partner violence. I have taught adults to use assertiveness skills and adults and teens to use mindfulness skills. I have also co-facilitated groups for women learning to manage their emotions related to their family court process and teens with issues related to childhood sexual abuse.
Though new to the role of Collaborative Law Family Professional, I bring several years of family law experience from my position as a family court support worker at a local non-profit agency supporting abused women involved in the family law process. As a neutral member of the collaborative team, I help families identify and settle issues that can be emotionally and financially draining, support parents in creating and implementing effective parenting plans, when needed get the views and preferences of the children, foster effective co-parenting relationships, and support you to be your best self through the process.
I am a graduate of the University of Toronto Master of Social Work program with a focus on Children and Families. I have completed Level 1 & 2 of the Collaborative Law training program along with a Masters level course in Family Mediation, and have completed several trainings related to Intimate Partner Violence and Family Law. I am a registered social worker in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers as well as with the Ontario Association of Social Workers and Collaborative Law Durham Region. I have also graduated from Trent University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies and English Literature and a Social Service Worker Diploma from Durham College.
On a personal level, I embrace the joys and challenges of being a parent, step-parent, and grandparent, and in my spare time I enjoy kayaking, crocheting, gardening and reading. I look forward to hearing from you.