I had the rare opportunity to begin working with Indigenous individuals in 2014 in remote communities in Northern Quebec. Our goal was to begin to understand how ancestral cultural identity is associated with academic achievement in youth and emotional well-being across the lifespan. As I completed my Master of Arts I travelled to Alberta and continued to work with indigenous communities, I learned that the struggles to fairly access support and services are not limited to Indigenous individuals strictly in remote communities.
I provide counselling with a strong emphasis on flexibility, safety, and maintaining a client centered approach. My focus is to work with clients as they work to overcome their challenges and pursue their goals. As we work together, we may engage in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Self-Regulation Therapy. Most notably, is to establish a framework that focuses on the fundamentals of counselling. Assessments and therapy are effective tools, provided cultural safety, respect, power imbalances and rapport have been firmly addressed.
I work to remain mindful of my responsibility when working with individuals who have experienced significant challenges in accessing services and who require support that is trauma supportive, culturally congruent, and consistent with an individual’s ways of knowing. Regarding both indigenous and non-indigenous individuals, my secondary focus is in supporting individuals with atypical developmental profiles, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and behavioral challenges. This includes an emphasis in rebuilding foundations, meeting clients where they are at, and breaking down large challenges into achievable tasks.
Areas of Practice: Addiction, Anxiety, ASD, Behavioral Challenges, Depression, School, Self-Esteem, Stress, Trauma-Informed Care
Qualifications and Training:
McGill University - M.A. School/Applied Child Psychology – Education & Counselling Psychology.
CPI - Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training & Suicide Prevention
Indigenous Awareness Canada - Indigenous Awareness Training
Assessment Training: Psychoeducational assessment, Capacity Assessment, Court Assessment, Refugee Assessment, ADOS/ADIR Clinical Certificate.
Availability: Daytime M-W-F(9am-5pm)
Evenings: T-T (5pm-7pm)