I have been a practicing psychologist for over 25 years. I was born and educated in a farming community in Simcoe County prior to University. I obtained my undergraduate degree in Psychology from Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario and both my Masters and Doctorate from the University of Alberta. My areas of research were learning, counselling, psychophysiology, pain, and therapy for migraine. In Edmonton, I worked for a number of years as a Psychologist at the Glenrose Hospital, followed by service as Chief Psychologist and then Director of a Provincial Rehabilitation Facility.
Returning to Ontario I have maintained a private practice treating a variety of mental health disorders including anxiety and depression, as well as serving as Senior Psychologist and Mental Health Lead at the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board for a number of years.
In 2012 I was honoured to be recipient of the Award of Merit from the Ontario Psychological Association for a “significant and sustained contribution to the profession.” In 2014, I was further honored with being elected to the status of “Fellow” with the Canadian Psychological Association. Over the years I have published, presented at Conferences and provided workshops on Well-Being right across Canada, in the Northwest Territories, and internationally including Switzerland, Japan, England and The Netherlands during the past decade.
I have been a course instructor at 3 different Universities teaching courses in learning, psychopathology, diagnosis and assessment. I have also supervised internships and post-doctoral training of numerous graduate students. I am presently supervising graduate students who are completing their University training in Counselling Psychology.
In 2015 I authored a book for educators entitled “Well Aware – Developing Resilient, Active and Flourishing Students” through Pearson Canada, which became a best seller for books in education. Pearson has since published a series of 20 “Well Aware” books for children written by accomplished Canadian authors. In 2020 I co-authored an e-book chapter 15 in “Living Schools” on sustainable well-being through the University of Manitoba.
With many years of experience at direct therapy, and serving in a number of high profile environments, I am happy to offer my cumulative expertise in providing a strength-based approach to support individuals and families in meeting the many challenges modern life brings.
Fee schedule ranges from $150 to $225 per hour, depending on the nature of the service provided. Fees are consistent with the guidelines set by the Ontario Psychological Association.