Who am I? Such a great question to explore and of course something that will evolve and change with Life’s Journey. But in the context of this website, I believe it is important to provide some essentials.
I hold a few degrees and spent many memorable years at fine Educational Institutions.
- Masters of Education, Counselling Psychology – UBC, Canada
- Bachelor of Education – Western University, Canada
- Bachelor of Science – SFU, Canada
Beyond my education, life provided opportunity to work and engage with children and youth in a variety of settings. My early experiences included Counselling for two summers at YMCA outdoor camps engaging youth in the opportunity to develop skills through canoe trips, camping, hiking and a variety of outdoor experiences. Following this I spent five years Lifeguarding and teaching swimming lessons to all ages from 6 months to 60+ as well as teaching teens and young adults to become swimming instructors. These years laid the foundation for my ongoing work with young people. The next 25 years I lived in four provinces from coast to coast in my beautiful home country of Canada and spent time operating a home childcare service for children 18 months through 10 years old, raised my four children and held a variety of teaching positions in both public and independent school systems. My counselling experience is with youth and families and I work from a perspective of curiosity. This enables me and the individual I have the privilege of working with to discover their unique qualities while providing support and insight in a collaborative manner. Establishing a safe and trusting relationship is priority and once established the work begins. I work from a person-centered, humanistic perspective and draw upon mindfulness, CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy) and positive psychology to provide potential tools that can enhance life experiences. This is a journey and I believe that meaningful connection and collaboration will support you in self-discovery.