I believe that all children have enormous potential, regardless of their circumstances. I support children in developing their emotional, social and coping skills and self-esteem. I work with a variety of concerns, including delays/differences in development, struggles at school, anxiety, depression, behavioural concerns, difficulties with attention, grief and loss, trauma, sexual abuse, and adjustment to foster care and adoption.
I am passionate about working with 2SLGBTQIA+ children, particularly in the area of gender identity. I have significant experience affirmatively supporting gender diverse children. I am a member of WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health) and have completed WPATH GEI foundations training as well as advanced training in child/adolescent care, advanced mental health, identity evolution and ethics. As a registered practitioner with Alberta Health, I am able to provide referrals to the medical system for gender-affirming care.
I enjoy working with autistic and other neurodiverse children and have extensive experience with this population. I lean towards a developmental, relationship-focused and strengths-based approach to this work.
I have experience and training in various types of play therapy including sand play therapy and nondirective play therapy. While primarily attachment and relationship oriented, my work with children also draws on narrative, cognitive-behavioural, mindfulness, EMDR and expressive arts techniques. I meet children where they are at developmentally, and draw on their individual interests, preferences and strengths.
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