I completed my Honors Bachelor Of Social Work Degree from Kings, University of Western Ontario before going onto graduate studies in Western Canada. I received my Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work for the University of Calgary in 1996. I was first employed in Child and Youth Mental Health in Nova Scotia where my family of origin is from. I loved being back home with my huge extended family after so many years of studying away, but my fiance and I spent much time driving in order to get to good skiing, hiking, and rockclimbing. We moved to Nelson in 1998 where I secured another position in Child and Youth Mental Health. I worked in this position for 20 years before transitioning into private practice. I am still passionate about this work.
I have specialised skills in the areas of Attachment, Parent Education/Consultation, Family Therapy, Infant Mental Health, and assessment and treatment of Anxiety using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I am a Provincial Trainer for teachers for the FRIENDS Anxiety Program. I've been a volunteer La Leche League Leader for over ten years now which is a non profit organisation that supports breastfeeding.
Ten years ago (2005), a new "Clinical" designation for MSW's became available upon securing a liscence. I was one of the first to obtain this liscensure as a Registered Clinical Social Worker (RSCW). Like psychiatrists and psychologists, registered clinical social workers can also provide a legally recognised diagnosis from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-V). Having this desgination means that clients are GST exempt and Revenue Canada will reimburse the costs of clinical services as a medical expense on tax returns.
My husband and I married in 1998 and have two children, ages 18 and 15. We have a dog and a cat. I love spending time with my family enjoying many of the outdoor adventures this area has to offer. I remain humble as a parent recognising it is of the most challenging work I have done. Living life to the fullest is not always easy. I have often said working in this field keeps me mindful of the personal work I need to do on an ongoing basis.