"Life is busy and yes, stress comes with this reality. By exploring a client's stress triggers and providing strategies that build their coping response, I really enjoy seeing a client progress from ‘survive’ to ‘thrive.’"
Registered Psychologist | BSc MAppsPsych MAPS
Hart Psychologists Certified
1. How many years’ experience do you have practicing / helping clients?
I have over 25 years combined corporate and counselling experience, with the last nine years dedicated solely to counselling.
2. What do you find most rewarding about working with people who have depression?
Depression can take away one's joy and motivation for life. You can feel very isolated and not sure how to move forward. When working with a depressed client, I seek to facilitate insight and to provide strategies that enable a client to take steps towards wellness.
Their recovery is what I find most rewarding.
3. What do you find most rewarding about working with people who have anxiety?
Anxiety and related feelings of uncertainty and helplessness can be crippling. What I enjoy about this work is helping a client understand what they feel and how to manage their emotions in a way that is workable for them.
4. What do you find most rewarding about working with people who are stressed?
Life is busy and yes, stress comes with this reality. By exploring a client's stress triggers and providing strategies that build their coping response, I really enjoy seeing a client progress from ‘survive’ to ‘thrive.’
5. How do you help clients feel comfortable and supported?
I help my clients feel comfortable and supported by meeting a client ‘where they are at.’ I strive to be authentic and non-judgemental, while injecting humour and lightness where I can.
6. What methodologies and/or approaches do you find most helpful?
I have completed additional training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy and Couples work. In drawing on my diverse experience and training, I tailor the treatment plan and related interventions to the needs of the client.
7. What have clients said about how you have helped them most?
Clients regularly share that 'I get them' and that their experience with me as their Psychologist has been positive and practical.
8. What is the best or most heart-warming feedback you’ve received from a client?
The most heart-warming feedback I receive simply comes from a client 'thank you.'
When I hear this word, I too thank my client. It take courage to come to counselling, to show up in your vulnerability and to do the work.
9. List 3 things that your friends and family would describe you as….
My family and friends would describe me as warm and wholehearted. They would say I am prepared to have a go, do my best and give something a try. In the face a challenge, I find a way with good humour and perhaps a few tears.
10. List 3 strengths that you have as a psychologist…..
My strengths as a Psychologist lie in my ability to build rapport, create trust, understand a client and in turn offer practical and sustainable interventions.
11. Why do you love doing this work?
I love my work as a Psychologist as it is all about empowering people to lead the best life they can in the face of their challenges and struggles. No session is ever the same and I am continually inspired by people's journey and recovery.