I didn’t come to be a registered psychologist in the typical way. My PhD from Simon Fraser University is in Developmental Psychology where I specialized in the study of infants, toddlers and pre-school children’s development. I was particularly interested the relationship between children’s temperament, behaviour problems, and parenting stress. My early training and studies gave me the desire to work therapeutically with children and their families, and so after graduating with my PhD, I returned to SFU to obtain a second Master’s degree, this time in Counselling Psychology. My internship was completed with children, youth and their parents, and I continue to counsel children and families, as well as individual adults, couples and families in my private practise in Chilliwack. As a service provider for The Employee and Family Assistance Program since 2004 I have worked extensively with health care professionals in the Fraser Valley.
In addition to my private practise I have provided psychotherapy on a First Nation’s reserve, and an agency specialising in the support of families experiencing divorce. Since 2005 I have worked as the Early Childhood Psychologist for Child and Youth Mental Health in Chilliwack where I do psychoeducational assessments, individual therapy and lead parenting groups. For the past 12 years I have been a faculty member with the department of psychology at the University of the Fraser Valley. I teach child, adolescent and adulthood & aging courses, in addition to abnormal behaviour and child psychopathology. My research continues to relate to temperament, parenting stress, parenting programs, and behaviour disorders as well as attachment and early childhood trauma. I am blessed to be able to teach, do research and do clinical work.
My qualifications and experience aside, there are two important things I would like to convey in this small space where you learn a little about me: one, I have a wealth of experience and am comfortable with many different people; and two, I’ve been there. I’ve had a very rich life with diverse experiences, losses and change. Change is often distressing, and my hope is to come along side you unconditionally, without judgement, disapproval or approval, as you engage in the complex and dynamic process of change.
I am registered with the College of Psychologists of BC # 01977.
I am a member of the BC Psychological Association and the BC Play Therapy Association.