People and the ups and downs of life have fascinated me since I was a kid pouring over ‘triumph of the human spirit’ books from my small town library. I felt such heartfelt kinship and inspiration as heroes and heroines faced blizzards, droughts, poverty, immigration, bullying, prejudice, war, and genocide as well as inner struggles with shame, sadness, fear, despair and loneliness. The capacities of ordinary people to get through and emerge from tough times with courage, resilience, compassion, generosity, gratitude and connection captivated me. My belief in cultivating these core values continues to ground my work to this day, and is the foundation of my life’s intention to help heal human suffering and support growth and flourishing.
It followed that psychology was a natural field of study for me. I went on to earn three degrees, finishing with a Ph.D. in 1994 and full licensure as a Registered Psychologist in 1995. Prior to venturing into full-time private practice in 1998, I worked on teams at Kingston General Hospital and Student Services at Queen’s University. Ongoing interest in human growth and development, including my own as I made many shifts to lose weight and regain fitness and vitality, drew me back to school with Integral Coaching Canada in 2005. Here I added to my ways of understanding people’s strengths and challenges, and how to effect sustainable change. I also became adept at providing services over the phone and via secure video-conferencing, allowing me to work with people around the world and broaden my cross-cultural perspectives.
I believe I can serve you best by being warm, nonjudgmental, frank, supportive, challenging, honest, humorous and respectful. I am also very practical and keen to use your valuable time effectively. Clients and colleagues have described me as energetic and naturally down-to-earth. People also comment that my office in Ottawa is cozy and light, like a living room, which I hope helps them relax into a place where they can share their struggles, vulnerabilities and dreams. The office is wheel-chair accessible and I am open to working with deaf clients through an interpreter. Clients who access my services through secure video conferencing are amazed by how I am able to connect with care and perceptiveness. People of all backgrounds, races, religions, gender identities and sexual orientations are welcome in my practice.
Outside work, I enjoy spending time with my three young adult children and Airedale terrier, as well as family and old and new friends. I still love to read and write, and have recently been having fun re-exploring visual art, sewing, knitting and singing. Making music playlists, teaching indoor cycling, running, biking, lifting weights and being in nature also contribute to a vibrant and joyful me.