I am a Registered Social Worker of nearly 20 years and I love working with people. I hold a Bachelor of Science (with Honours) in Psychology, as well as a Nursing degree from the University of Alberta, and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Calgary. As a result of my education and experience, I have a holistic perspective, with a loving emphasis on body, mind, spirit, family and community in my therapeutic approach.
For the past 14 years, I have been committed to supporting the recovery of individuals of all ages with severe and complex eating disorders in both inpatient and outpatient settings at the BC Children’s Hospital Eating Disorders Program, as well as at the University of Alberta Eating Disorders Program. I deeply understand how eating disorders can affect caregivers and families, and inversely how families can affect individuals with eating disorders, as well as the unique challenges and intricacies of becoming a young autonomous adult within the context of an eating disorder and recovery. I have extensive training in family therapy practices that are very effective at helping the entire family navigate what is often a very stressful and challenging time for all.
My foundational training in therapy was Milan Systemic Family Therapy, and later, advanced training in Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy and Emotion-Focused Family Therapy. I also use Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Collaborative Problem-Solving, CBT and DBT – depending on the unique needs and goals of the client. I draw on these frameworks to support inner shifts that open up possibilities for growth and healing.
In our work together, we can:
- Identify negative thought patterns and behaviours related to food and body
- Explore triggers that lead to binging, purging, over-exercising or avoiding food
- Learn healthier ways of coping with overwhelming emotions and difficult situations
- Compassionately work on your journey to recovery
- Include family therapy as part of your path (if you desire)