I am committed to providing support that meets peoples needs through collaborative work that centres compassionate, strengths-based approaches to trauma informed care that are grounded in harm reduction practices. I understand that healing from experiences of violence can take many routes and supporting people as they navigate complex health care systems can be an important part of counselling. I blend approaches like narrative therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, and solutions focused therapy following people’s self-reported needs.
I am a member in good standing of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and regularly participate in clinical supervision, peer supervision, and additional trainings to further my understanding of clinical practices. I obtained my bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy from Queen’s University followed by a Master of Education at York University where I focused on psychoeducational methods for peer facilitated recovery from intimate partner violence.
I completed my Master of Social Work at McGill University and have worked as a researcher and as a counsellor for people who use drugs. My experiences as a researcher for First Nations health care organisations have further emphasized the importance of approaches that honour culture and create strong networks of care within communities.