Areas of practice
- Child Behaviour
- Child Stress and Trauma
- Chronic Illness
- Grief and Loss - General
- Parenting Issues
- Child Centred Therapy
- Play Therapy
I am a Registered Psychologist (#1195) who has studied, trained, and worked with children for over 20 years. Children who have experienced or are experiencing anxiety, stress, grief, trauma, and/or illness need a gentle, patient, and sensitive approach to healing. Direct, verbal approaches can be overwhelming for many children. I provide holistic expressive play therapy which is child centred and person oriented. My goal is to help the child find his/her own path to healing through play, which includes art and craft activities, imaginary play, sand play, music, puzzles, stories, to name a few.
I have two practice locations, one in Port Moody and one in Vancouver. My Port Moody practice is located at St. Johns Health and Wellness Professional Centre, on St. Johns Street at Elgin St. There is a parking lot in back, as well as 2-hour street parking. I work at the Port Moody practice on Fridays and Saturdays. My Vancouver practice at Liberty Clinic is located on Victoria Drive, just south of 33rd, and has a waiting room, offices, and a separate playroom. There is parking on the street, in the neighbourhood, as well as around the back of the building. I work in Vancouver on some weekdays (to be decided later).
Although children have within them the power to find the healing path, they may need encouragement and guidance from adults to find this path. Parents and caregivers play a crucial role in the therapeutic process for the child. In my practice, they are encouraged to be a part of the initial therapy sessions to ensure the child feels safe, supported, and comfortable. This is especially important for younger children and for children who are very sensitive to unfamiliar people and places. I wish to provide a safe and nurturing environment for younger and older children to build coping skills, to gain strength, and to heal.
My background and training include:
- Ph.D. in Psychology from University of Toronto in 1994
- Registered Psychologist in BC since 1995
- Psychologist in the Neonatal Follow-Up Program at BC's Children's Hospital from 1997 to 2012
- Certificate in Holistic Expressive Play Therapy from the Justice Institute of BC in 2014
Client fee individuals:$140