I pursued a career in clinical psychology because I am passionate about helping people to discover how they can have the most fulfilling lives possible.
I obtained my Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in the Honors Psychology and Cooperative Work Experience program at the University of Alberta in 2000. My publications from this period reflect my interest in what motivates people to engage in leisure pursuits.
I also had the privilege of working with women inmates at a forensic institution, where I conducted evaluations of an anger management program, a trauma and abuse program, and a peer support team program.
I completed my Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Clinical Psychology at Queen’s University in 2003, where I also earned my Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in 2008. My publications from this time reflect my interest in understanding depression, hopelessness, and suicide risk.
While I was completing my graduate studies, I also worked part-time as a psychometrist. My job involved administering and scoring tests of intelligence, reading, math, spelling, and writing achievement, memory, executive functioning, attention, and personality to help college and university students to better understand their learning needs.
In 2008, I completed my post-doctoral residency training in Calgary. I did rotations at an inpatient hospital setting, as well as at three community-based sites within Alberta Health Services that offered treatments to adults with chronic mental and physical health conditions, including depression, anxiety, diabetes and metabolic disorders, and chronic pain. I gained valuable experience with providing accurate diagnoses and assessing personality and psychosocial factors that impact people’s health. I also integrated different therapy approaches, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, and mindfulness, to tailor my treatments to meet clients’ needs.
I have worked as a registered psychologist in Calgary since 2009. Because I completed my training here, I am familiar with the programs available to clients and can assist them to navigate the healthcare system and access resources. I have worked primarily in a community-based setting offering treatments to adults with both physical and mental health concerns. I also have a great deal of experience in collaborating with a wide range of professionals, including administrative staff and managers, dietitians, doctors, kinesiologists, nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physical therapists, and social workers to enhance client care. I always aim to provide the best quality of care to my clients, whether I am engaging in individual therapy or facilitating a group. I also offer lectures and presentations at different venues as part of my work.
I have always loved reading, writing, art, and creative pursuits in general. I also enjoy swimming, Tai Chi, seeing friends and family members, and spending time in nature. Finally, I regularly practice mindfulness meditation and I plan to offer a mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) group soon!
I am registered with the College of Alberta Psychologists (#3535).