I have worked in the mental health system as a counsellor for 25 years and though the ride has sometimes been bumpy due to government changes, I have always enjoyed my work. I especially like working directly with people who are wanting to address what works and what doesn't and helping people optimize their lives.
Outside of work I enjoy art as both a viewer and an artist. I have been a working artist longer than I have been a therapist. It is the main reason I believe in the creative process. Examples of my daily art practice can be found on Instagram #stochfilm.
As a registered member in good standing with the Canadian Art Therapy Association, I am committed to continuing professional development and attend various conferences. I also regularly meet with a peer consultation group.
My therapeutic approach is tailored to the individual in a collaborative way. This is informed by my familiarity with evidence based models such as Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic Approach and Trauma-Informed Approach. I also use Art Therapy, Jungian Psychology and Mindfulness in my practice. These approaches can be used to address issues such as depression, anxiety, motivation, substance use, relationship difficulties, to name just a few.
Most importantly, as your therapist, you can expect respect, mindfulness, a caring therapeutic relationship and authenticity.