Be what we do." - Rumi
I have been working to help individuals since 2009 to move through difficult times, to heal the past, to embrace and feel empowered in their unique and authentic self. Prior to this, I worked with charitable organizations to meet their community or national goals for health and for the environment.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist and a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).
I hold a Masters of Pastoral Studies and a certificate in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy with a focus in Buddhist approaches to mental health from Emmanuel College in the University of Toronto. I loved this program of study and practice and graduated with two scholarships, the Charles Plaskett Scholarship for Pastoral Theology and the Emmanuel College General Proficiency Scholarship.
Previously I had earned diplomas in Spiritual Psychotherapy; Spiritual Direction; and in Holistic Health, Energetic Studies from Transformational Arts College.
My areas of interest in holistic, body-centred and in evidence-based modalities are reflected in continuing education certificates in Body-Centred Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Applied Mindfulness Meditation.
I have additional training in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Committment Therapy (ACT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Informed Therapy and Mindful Energy Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Energy Psychology for Trauma and Couples Therapy.
I am a Member of the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals (OAMHP).
I have integrated mindfulness-based interventions following the completion of a Specialist Certificate in Applied Mindfulness Meditation from the Clinical Mindfulness and Psychotherapy program at the University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work.
Since 1999 I have been practicing meditation under the guidance and teaching of a number Tibetan meditation masters and Western meditation teachers. I have had the opportunity to study and receive teachings in retreat in Canada, the United States, India and Nepal. As part of my personal practice, I am currently in the seventh year of a nine year meditation program in the Tibetan Buddhist monastic tradition.
I have experienced great personal growth through the practice of mindfulness and meditation. It is an honour to integrate my personal interest into my professional work for the benefit of others.
Sound as Meditation
Through practice and study, I have witnessed the power of sound, body-centered therapy and energetic approaches to healing and awakening to one’s divine potential.
During my Masters studies at Emmanuel College at Victoria University in the University of Toronto, I developed an integrative theory of practice that includes mindful sound as a psycho-spiritual intervention and spiritual practice.