In 2007, I graduated from the University of Michigan School of Social Work with an MSW and a specialty in Child and Family Counselling. I joined an infant mental health program as a home-visiting therapist in the city of Detroit, supporting the city’s most vulnerable parents, infants and young children. My position there inspired a deep passion for helping families through the early years of parenting, and a strong belief in the innate desire of each parent to do the best they can for their children.
After moving to Hamilton in 2008, I began working with families in Halton Region and spent the next decade providing psychotherapy at a local children's mental health agency, where I continued to work with parents of infants and young children, while also providing therapy to school-age children and their parents.
During this time, I provided mental health screening and therapy to women through the Breastfeeding Clinic at the Burlington EarlyON, the first breastfeeding clinic in Canada to offer walk-in therapy sessions in addition to lactation consultation. I also received training in perinatal mental health, narrative therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, attachment-focused therapies (including Circle of Security Parenting) and complex trauma treatment. As I began to meet more and more moms who had experienced birth trauma, I completed my training in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), a research-based form of therapy which assists with the healing of traumatic experiences.
I am a registered member in good standing of OCSWSSW (the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers) and CASW (the Canadian Association of Social Workers).
When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three children, having a run while listening to a good podcast, and drinking a warm cup of tea.