My Story

  • Born and raised Anglophone in Montreal.
  • First work: waitress, bartender, assistant manager, manager of Steak n Burger Tavern in Toronto.
  • Adventurer: followed the hippie trail up to northern tip of Vancouver Island, BC. Drove 170 ton truck in a copper mine for a year.
  • Traveled the gringo trail for over a year through Mexico and Belize.
  • Transit driver, taxi driver, Sarnia, Ontario 1979-1980.
  • First female provincial bus driver in Ontario (Gray Coach Lines) 1980-1987.
  • Adopted 5 year old daughter from Toronto Children’s Aid Society in 1997.
  • Active member of the Neighbourhood Universalist Unitarian Congregation from 2004 to 2018.
  • Enjoy walking, cycling, reading, gardening, travelling.

Experience / Training

  • Opened psychotherapy / counseling private practice (1985 – present).
  • Toronto Institute for Human Relations: group specialist / therapist trainer – inter-subjective approach. Therapist use of ‘self in relation’ as model for growth / change.
  • CAMH (Canadian Association for Mental Health). Internship in addictions training with focus on families of substance abusers.
  • Women’s College Hospital Brief Psychotherapy Clinic. Externship in Brief, Solution Focused Therapy. Emphasis on goal setting and short term counseling.
  • Centennial College. Professor of Psychology and Stress Management (1999 – 2009).
  • Shepell: Employment Assistance Provider. Brief, solution focused telephonic counseling to workers across Canada (2005 – present).
  • OAMFT (Ontario Association of Marital and Family Therapy). Training, studies, supervision in couple / family therapy using family systems approach (2005 – 2011).
  • Completed Externship and Core Skills training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT).
  • Ran psychotherapy/counseling private practice in Toronto from 1985 to 2018.

Education

  • High honours from Seneca College’s Social Service Worker program (1980). Nominated valedictorian.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from York University, Toronto (1983)
  • Bachelor of Social Work from York University, Toronto (1987)
  • Masters in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario (1992)

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