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MFA, GIT., MS. Psych
Gestalt Therapist  
Clinical member OACCPP
CRPO College of Registered Psychotherapists

I am a mature multifaceted psychotherapist coming from a diverse experiential background of fine arts, business, and agriculture.
I am a trained Kryia Yoga instructor, Satyananda Ashram, and a Reiki practitioner. I have trained in Satir Family therapy, Alexander Technique, Energy Psychology (EdxTM), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Sexual Addiction with Patrick Carnes, Rogerian client-centered therapy, Chi Kong, and Art Therapy. 
I am a graduate of the Four Winds, Healing the Light Body School headed by  Dr. Alberto Villoldo (author, Shaman, Healer Sage) and am a shamanic practitioner.

I have trained in Feeling-state Theory and Image Transformation with Robert Miller and the application to addictive behaviour and trauma.
I have extensive training and experience in Mindfulness. I am trained in MBSR mindfulness based stress reduction; DRAM, developing resilience through applied mindfulness; MC, mindful communication; and MSC, mindful self compassion. I am presently teaching Mindful Communication as well as Mindful Self Compassion through McMaster University professional Development.

My focus is Relationship as we are relational beings who become who we are depending on who we are with. I have trained extensively with Dr. Stan Tatkin,Psychobiological Appraoch to Couples Therapy.

My life experiences include being an artist, a mother and grandmother, self-sustaining farmer, owner-operator-small business, creator and workshop leader, yoga instructor, Reiki practitioner, educator and supervisor, and mental health counsellor and mindfulness teacher with the Hamilton Family Health Team.In addition to teaching mindfulness, I am chair for the Events Committee for Mindfulness Hamilton and on the board of directors for the Gestalt Institute of Toronto.

I have extensive professional experience as a group leader and have created and led groups on anxiety, procrastination, art therapy, and personal growth at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto, North York Women's Centre, Eglinton Community Centre, New Directions, Family Services (Toronto), Working Skills for Women (YWCA), Karyl Pope (Burlington) Community Counselling Centre, Catholic Family Services (Hamilton), Hamilton Family Health Team and Mindfulness Hamilton.

More recently I have led groups in self discovery, resilience, stress management and am part of the curriculum development of the Mindful Communication course through McMaster University. 

I am a compassionate humanistic psychotherapist who believes individuals possess a mind, body and spirit. I create a safe environment for the process of change to take place. As a Gestalt therapist, I use a holistic approach, which addresses the whole person not just fragments or parts of an individual. I also look for opportunity to apply humour in the therapeutic setting.

English
Canada
Hamilton, Ontario near Toronto

In all of my studies and work as a therapist, I have never experienced a modality that addresses shame as well as MSC. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

905 304 4733