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Hi there!

I’ve always thought that “people just need to talk more!” We all struggle with something at some point in our lives.  For some it’s a short period of time, while others, it travels alongside them for life. If people just talked more, perhaps struggles wouldn’t feel so debilitating, desperate and lonely.  The thought “I’m the only one” would not stay stuck in people’s minds.  The sense of stigma around mental health issues, and asking for help, would not be so strong.  By talking, taking a leap of faith, and opening up, one can begin to heal.  Life isn’t always a barrel of monkeys, and it isn’t always bad.  I can’t promise what you’re struggling with will go away forever, but I am willing to listen and walk with you as you learn skills, build a healthier lifestyle, engage in meaningful relationships and more. 

Specializing in the treatment of eating disorders and distorted eating, I also work with those struggling with body image issues, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, self-injury, boundaries and assertiveness. I often tell my clients that what they hear from me will be counter cultural.  It is counter cultural in the sense that I talk about self-acceptance and worth regardless of size.  I believe hope exists even when you can’t see it, that mental health issues are not a sign of weakness and that I practice in a way that believes in change.  

Education:

  • Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Lakehead University
  • Masters of Divinity from Heritage College and Seminary
  • Palliative Care Certificate from Lakehead Univesity

Workshops and Continuing Education