I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), a member of the Ontario Association of Mental Health Practitioners (OAMHP), and a graduate of the Master in Education in Counselling Psychology Program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto.
I work from an anti-oppressive lens and I have clinical experience working with a diverse client population in terms of age, race, gender, sexual orientation and other intersecting identities. I identify as cisgender and heterosexual, I am a parent of two teenage sons and I have been in a committed relationship for over two decades.
Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, I worked in a range of community settings as a group facilitator, researcher and educator. In my initial career in the field of International and Community Development, I coordinated community development programs in East Africa, provided education counselling to university students in Southeast Asia and conducted research on micro-lending practices in Canada and abroad. Additionally, I worked as a research consultant and community activist for women's equality rights with a specific focus on the obstacles to employment facing newcomer women. Following a personal interest in social justice education, for close to10 years, I worked extensively with vulnerable youth and their families as a Special Education Specialist in inner-city Toronto public schools.
In my therapeutic work I draw upon over 20 years of personal experience as a meditation and mindfulness practitioner. I have also completed two yoga teacher trainings (Vinyasa and Kundalini) which inform my approach to working with body-based practices. I have completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (McGill University), a Master of Arts in International Development Studies (University of Toronto) and a Bachelor of Education (OISE). I am committed to on-going personal development and self-inquiry and regularly participate in individual and peer-based therapy practices.