Education and Associations
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of the Fraser Valley, and Master of Science in Psychology (Counselling Specialization) from Capella University, and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). I’m also a member of the Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance (CADDRA).
My career began 11 years ago in residential addiction treatment and has included private practice. I have been at LYFS for 1.5 years. I’m an accomplished speaker and teacher in the field of mental health.
Areas of Focus
All impulse control problems, including: ADHD, OCD, Autism, Anger and aggression, addictive behavior, as well as attachment trauma, and anxiety
My focus is on psychoeducation, i.e teaching clients to understand what is going on inside the brain and how that directly impacts behavior. As a person who struggled in school due to undiagnosed (and therefore unaided) ADHD and depression, my goal is to help people celebrate or at least accept and tolerate their uniqueness and to help them see that there is an underlying logic to the problems they are experiencing. I’m solution focused and practical in my approach, but I’m also not in a rush to “make it better”.
I come from a large family (7 kids) and I have a large family (5 kids). Amongst that large crew, 81% of us have ADHD. It’s kind of our thing.
I’m a musician and a trail runner, and I love sports and good movies.