Social Worker Therapist · Master's (Wilfrid Laurier University, 1991)
Psychotherapy Provider (Social worker (clinical))
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Member of Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW)
My career spans 28 years of practice, initially in child protection services, where my clinical skills were in high demand working with families in crisis. My masters level education in social work focused on working with individuals, families, and groups, and regular training throughout my career has kept me current and broadened my knowledge and skills. Since my transition to private therapeutic practice in 2010 I have pursued ongoing professional development and am active in the local professional community.
I believe firmly that the provision of a safe and nurturing environment for guided self-reflection, as individuals, couple or family, is the key for exploring those realities that hinder optimal growth and fulfillment in life. Whether it is a critical incident or an accumulation of experiences that brings one to seek counselling, the opportunity to honestly explore the dynamics of life, supported and challenged by a qualified and caring professional, can lead to the achievement of one’s personal goals. As an experienced professional, my commitment is to provide this environment to my clients. I approach service provision in a holistic way, respecting my clients’ beliefs and values, and choices in life. Having studied in a multi-faith setting, I welcome the inclusion of matters of faith and spirituality where this is important to my clients. My approach is solution focused and strengths based.
Primary Practice Location
128 Lake Street
Saint Catharines, Ontario L2R 5Y1
Phone: (905) 650-1577
Fax: (905) 988-6051
Extended office hours: evenings
Though my general practice welcomes all people, I have extensive experience and interest in working with matters related to men and masculinity, including emotional regulation and anger, mental health, relationships, parenting, custody of and access to children, shame, stress, careers and aging. A respectful and welcoming environment encourages men (and those who live in relationship with men) to consider their unique experiences and needs for maximizing their well-being and in turn positively impacting those they love.
As a provider with Health Canada's Non-insured Health Benefits Program and Indian Residential School Resolution Health Support Program, I am able to access funding to provide counselling services to the Indigenous community in Niagara. With 10 years of relationship with service providers and individuals within the Indigenous community, I am honoured to be able to provide such a service.
Years of Experience