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My Background

Areas of Special Interest

 

My Background

I received my Bachelor of Science degree (major in Psychology, minor in Criminology) from the University of Toronto in 1990.  I received the Master of Education degree (Counselling Psychology) from the University of Alberta in 1998 and was Registered as a Psychologist in the province of Alberta in 2000.  From 1990 through 2000 I worked in several positions that mainly involved assisting adults and adolescents with sexual offending behaviours, as well as with survivors of sexual, physical and emotional abuse.   I also worked as an educational consultant, completing assessments and consulting in schools providing support to teachers, students, and parents. 

 

In 2000 I began my own practice, and as a Registered Psychologist in private practice, my focus has shifted somewhat: I continue to work with survivors of childhood abuse, as well as with people who have addictive or problematic sexual behaviours.  However, I no longer work with people who are sexually aggressive.  Between 1995 and 2014 I completed many assessments on children and adults in the school system, focused on learning difficulties, behavioural disorders, emotional functioning, and neurodevelopmental disorders. I currently am not doing assessments (although I have left the assessment pages posted for the sake of general information}. 

I enjoy professional presentations and have led workshops on learning disabilities, ADHD, personality disorders, behavioural management within the classroom, and sexual development in children.  I also have been a Sessional Lecturer at Concordia University College of Alberta, where I taught courses in Introductory Group Therapy and Human Sexual Behaviour.  I have also taught Introductory Psychology, Ethics, and Introduction to Personality.

 

I am currently a professional member of the College of Alberta Psychologists, Psychologists’ Association of Alberta, and International Association on Workplace Bullying and Harassment. 

 

Areas of Special Interest

My interests have continued to evolve over time. I have developed a strong interest in workplace bullying and am an active member of the International Association on Workplace Bullying and Harassment, Therapists' Special Interest Group. I was a co-author of a chapter about the role of counsellors in workplace bullying that was published in 2019. In the last few years I have renewed my interest in hypnosis and became trained as a registered Clinical Counselling Hypnotherapist. I am currently developing a program to train other hypnotherapists in the area of sleep disorders. In addition, in 2019 I completed Level 1 training in Brain Working Recursive Therapy. So I continue to learn and adapt what I know to new areas.

 

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