Registered Licensed Clinical Social Worker
I began my own journey into this field with a deep interest in trauma and spent 10 years volunteering with Victim Services before begin working in the field of youth work, then into Addiction and Mental Health in 2001. Throughout my experience, I have had the honour of working with victims, offenders, youth and adults. Through a private practice (since 2011), I have also had the pleasure of providing numerous trainings and workshops around the area of trauma and vicarious trauma (from 1 hour to 2 days). I am trained in numerous modalities as I find that one approach does not meet the needs of all trauma survivors. I am registered as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Unlike many people in private practice, my practice focuses specifically on supporting people to heal from trauma and trauma related experiences. I have also begun to offer consultation groups around specific approaches: EMDR and NMT.
When we think of “trauma”, many of us often think of significant events that cause difficulties with coping. However, the experience of trauma is much more than an event. The experience of abuse, neglect or living with prolonged exposure to stress can have a significant impact on physical, emotional and spiritual health. There are now numerous resources to promote healing. I have been trained in EMDR (certified), Prolonged Exposure, Play Therapy, and NMT – which are all valuable trainings in approaching and working with trauma across the lifespan. Certification in EMDR includes a dedication to on-going training in this approach. NMT (neurosequential model of therapeutics) is a way of understanding trauma and the way it impacts a person as a whole – including brain development. I have also begun training as a trainer in this approach as I believe it is critical to continue learning to meet the needs of complex issues.