It is my goal to provide children and adolescents with a safe space to express themselves in any way they need, the opportunity to work through any past traumas, and to give them the tools to cope with the stressors in their lives. I also strive to support parents with practical ideas to use at home. I believe strongly in the healing power of community and culture, and I have worked closely with Ottawa’s Aboriginal community.
I use play, art, sandtray, and other creative methods to help children and adolescents express themselves in verbal and nonverbal ways. I believe every child should be given the opportunity to externalize their inner world in a safe, non-judgmental space, so that they can more easily achieve their potential. Drama, play, art, storytelling, and other such creative tools help children, adolescents, and adults process traumas and deal with difficult feelings in non-threatening ways, and without having to find words to describe their complex emotions.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist and a Creative Arts Therapist, originally from Nova Scotia. I completed my Masters degree in Creative Arts Therapies at Concordia University before settling in Ottawa in 2012. I have additional training in Sandtray-Worldplay Therapy, The Power of Family for At-Risk Youth, and Aboriginal Focusing-Oriented Therapy & Complex Trauma. I specialize in working with children and adolescents who have behavioural and emotional disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, first-hand and intergenerational trauma, and developmental disabilities, as well as with those from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.