I began my career as a teacher at the high school level in Terrace, BC working with youth facing adversity and presenting with a wide variety of behavioural challenges. As my students and I made incredible connections, my students began to teach me so much about human courage and capacity. I became fascinated with the human spirit and began to further study psychology at the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Vancouver. I graduated with a Masters in Counselling Psychology in 2007 and began working as the Manager of the Family Program with Crescent Beach Community Services in White Rock, BC. In this role I had the privilege of working with parents while supervising and collaborating with other staff working with their children. Beyond providing individual therapy for adults, I developed and co-facilitated many unique programs including parent skill building groups, combined parent and child communication building groups, early literacy intervention groups with parents and infants/toddlers, and parent lead support groups.
As my family grew, I was called to return to my home roots in Northwest Ontario and Eastern Manitoba, and settled in Oakbank, MB employed with Sunrise School Division as a School Counsellor for 12 years at the elementary and middle school level. I was fortunate as a School Counsellor to support many students and their families with various challenges in a one to one capacity, small groups, and whole classroom instruction. Again, these students taught me much about resiliency and determination. As a School Counsellor in rural Manitoba, I noted very few options for families regarding service beyond the school level and thus, in 2014 began providing therapeutic supports to individual children, adolescents and adults. I now solely operate Closer Connections Counselling and Consulting from my home office in Oakbank.
My varied background including counselling individuals, teaching experience, understanding the dynamics of school settings, working with infants through to adults, and facilitating numerous and varied educational programs from early childhood through to university level, provides me with rich experiences to draw from when working with diverse clients as individuals or organizations.
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