I hold an Honors Bachelor of Science with a specialist in Psychology, and a Masters of Science in Psychology with dual specialties in Mental Health/Addictions, and Industrial-Organizational Psychology. As a believer in life-long learning, I have continued to complete a post-graduate certificate in Addictions and Mental Health Counselling, and certifications in Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) and Psychometric Assessments.
I have incorporated additional evidence-based holistic certificates to further round out my training, including Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, and Mindful Eating.
As an educator, I hold teaching positions at both McMaster University and Durham College in their Addiction and Mental Health programs, and is a consultant trainer for the Canadian Training Institute. I work as a private mental health and addiction clinician and consult with a number of Family Health Teams, and Community Health Centres.
I have been published in the field of motivation and addiction, and has presented at international and national conferences.
I am also a certified trainer with LivingWorks for both safeTALK and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainings (ASIST) as well as with the Mental Health Commission of Canada for Mental Health First Aid and certifies hundreds of individuals per year. I am a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapies of Ontario (CRPO), the Society of Industrial- Organizational Psychologists (SIOP) and both the Ontario Association for Suicide Prevention, and the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention. I am actively engaged in my community and have served on a number of Boards, currently I sit as a Director on the Distress Centers board.