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My Approach

My approach to therapy is holistic, experiential, and trauma-informed. I incorporate a variety of theoretical perspectives into my work.
 

  • In line with humanistic psychology, I believe people are inherently good and naturally oriented toward health and growth. When things aren’t feeling OK, I trust that something moveable is standing in the way.
     

  • From a systems perspective, I believe no healthy person is an island; rather, the healthiest of us embrace interdependence, meaning we live as unmistakably ourselves while at the same time integrating cozily into a larger whole.
     

  • I work from a feminist or anti-oppressive lens, meaning I acknowledge power dynamics in the therapy room and in society more broadly, hold collaboration and transparency as values, and honor my clients’ wisdom and lived experience.
     

  • Underlying all of this is a foundational belief that supporting the nervous system to find its way back to regulation makes the rest of the healing work possible. Regulation is that state of being where you feel vibrant, satisfied, hopeful, and connected. As a polyvagal-informed therapist, I spend time each session supporting your connection with your whole self—mind, body, and context.

I integrate several schools of therapy into my work with clients. I have training in Somatic Experiencing, Self-Regulation Therapy, narrative therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and Gottman Method Couples Therapy. I have a strong interest in neuroscience and Buddhist psychology. From my personal life, I bring experience with creative writing, social theory, and over a decade of practicing mindfulness meditation. I apply all of these in session in ways that align with evidence-based practice.

 

And I’m learning more all the time! Currently I’m exploring parts work (like Internal Family Systems) and Emotionally Focused Therapy, both of which are helpful for individuals and couples alike. I’m a psychology nerd and love sharing with my clients the tidbits of information I’ve been privileged enough to have collected over the years.

 

WHAT IS A PROVISIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST?

 

In Alberta, provisional psychologists have completed at least a master’s degree from an accredited institution. They then complete 1,600 hours of client work under supervision before being permitted to practice independently. Provisional psychologists must also complete two exams before they can become fully registered—one on law and ethics, and the other on foundational psychological knowledge.

 

I became registered as a provisional psychologist in March 2023. I work under the supervision of two fully registered psychologists: Laura Kennedy supervises my work with individual clients, and Miriam VandenBrink supervises my work with couples.

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