Having ancestry from the Mi'kmaq people of Newfoundland and the English people of Bath, I use the medicine wheel as a foundation for both my personal and professional life. As a professional art therapist, I strongly believe that making art can be a practice that supports physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. When we make art, we can create an experience where change and growth is possible. My goal is to create a space where people are able to nourish their relationship with art, and through this, nourish other relationships in their lives including families, friends and communities.
I hold a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology and Art Therapy from Adler University in Vancouver. I’m registered with the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors and I’m a professional member of the B.C. Art Therapy Association. I’ve received additional training in focusing-oriented therapy, a body-centered modality where people are invited to notice what they are sensing in their bodies rather than what they are thinking in their brains.
I work with children and youth, families, and adults living with anxiety, depression, trauma symptoms, grief and loss, addictions, developmental disabilities and issues related to sexual identity, life transitions and self-image. I enjoy providing both individualized support and specialized groups/workshops. As a First Nations practitioner, I’m especially passionate about working with Indigenous people. I have had the honour to work with various Indigenous communities in the Lower Mainland such as the Kwantlen Nation.