I support young people in their unique journeys of self-discovery, helping them to further develop their emotional, social and coping skills and self-esteem. I work with a variety of concerns, including delays 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 2SLGBTQ2IA+ youth, particularly in the area of gender identity. I have significant experience affirmatively supporting gender diverse youth and young adults . 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 young people and have extensive experience with this population. I lean towards a developmental, relationship-focused and strengths-based approach to this work.
In my work with youth, I draw on cognitive-behavioural, mindfulness, EMDR, narrative and feminist approaches and often incorporate expressive arts and other activities into counselling sessions, taking the youth's individual interests, preferences and strengths into consideration.
Areas worked with include: