I have a diploma in Applied Psychology and Counselling Specializing in the Practice of Pyschotherapy from the Kelowna College of Professional Counselling.
I am a member in good standing with the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA) and my current status is as a Registered Professional Counsellor – Candidate (RPC-C). I am alsxo undertaking a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with Royal Roads University with a concentration on the lived experience of trauma in the workplace.
As an RPC-C, I am working under the direct supervision of a qualified supervising counsellor approved and sanctioned by the CPCA.
My life so far has been an incredible journey. I have worked in many jobs, roles, and industries in her life but they all have one thing in common – they are all focussed on empowering others. I studied communications at Red River College in Winnipeg and worked for many newspapers and magazines as a writer, editor, and as a photographer and photo editor in Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. I later taught journalism and photography theory at First Nations University of Canada, and was as a sessional instructor and teaching assistant at The University of Regina.
Because much of my journalism career focussed on police and the courts, specifically crime, trauma, and fatal collisions, I became passionate about social justice and mental health. It was a privilege to work for Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) in traffic safety, examinations, as well as customer outreach and engagement in addition to working on special projects involving policy analysis and instructional design. Among my greatest achievements was earning my 1A trucking commercial licence in February 2016 (wooHOO!).
I was working truckers when I began graduate studies at Royal Roads University in 2016. Truckers themselves gave me the idea to explore mental health issues in the trucking profession as my graduate thesis.
I live in Langford, B.C. I am proud to be an independent counsellor with Westshore Counselling Services in addition to managing my own practice.