Education

More details about my clinical training and ongoing personal and professional development are below.   Other information about me, including personal and cultural background is here.

Doctor of Education (EdD) – Counselling Psychology, University of Toronto
Master of Education (MEd) – Counselling Psychology, University of Toronto

Registered Psychotherapist (RP) (College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario)
Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) (Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association)

Other degrees:

Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) – Film Production, Concordia University
Bachelor of Arts (BA) – Philosophy & Sociology (minors), University of Toronto

My graduate and doctoral coursework, clinical practica and internships in psychology included process experiential emotion-focused (PE/EFT), relational (e.g. interpersonal, intersubjectivity, and relational-cultural) approaches to psychotherapy in general, mixed psychotherapeutic approaches to working through complex (relational) trauma in particular, and theory and practice of clinical supervision.  

My clinical practica and internships have taken place in hospital, community health care, and post-secondary settings.

My doctoral research focused on counsellor (therapist) development and the dynamics of power and intersubjectivity in clinical supervision relationships. My doctoral dissertation is entitled: Who Lives in Us and How? How Beginning Counsellors Experience Internal Representations of People who were Significant to their Clinical Development.

Select Extra-curricular Training & Development

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

Affect Dysregulation, Survival Defenses & Traumatic Memory  (SP – level one)
Advanced Training in Complex Trauma & Dissociation (SP specialty training)

Narrative Therapy 

Narrative Therapy (certification) – Narrative Therapy Centre of Toronto
Responding to Trauma  – Narrative Therapy Centre of Toronto

Yoga

I have been practicing yoga since 2012.   I have received training in pranayama (focus on breath work), pratyahara, and nada yoga (yoga of sound) from Toronto-based registered yoga teachers who studied in the Sivananda Vedanta tradition.  For the past 7 years, I have also received regular one-on-one instruction as part of my own yoga therapy from Toronto-based certified yoga therapists who studied in the direct lineage of T.K.V. Desikachar.   I bring this knowledge to the ways in which I listen in therapy, to the somatic resources I develop with clients, and to help identify and understand somatic countertransference as part of the clinical supervision I offer.

Ongoing Development:

  • Biweekly clinical consultation in relational psychotherapy
  • Monthly webinars, workshops and discussion boards with sensorimotor psychotherapy community (formerly Applied SP)
  • Year long practices for Restorative Yoga Teacher Training

In addition, I am part of a consultative network and referral base of queer and trans therapists in private practice.