Education and Experience


P1040585-faceFor over 35 years I have assessed and treated children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools and private practice. Currently I work solely in independent practice, working with older teens and adults across the age range.

I completed psychology degrees at McGill (M.A., 1973) and McMaster Universities (Ph.D., 1980) and post-doctoral training at the University of Victoria (1981) with an emphasis on animal and human neuropsychology.

Since 1995 I have been obtaining specific education and training in individual psychotherapy and marital counselling through workshops, courses and individual supervision. My training in individual therapy has followed two principal streams: existential-humanistic psychotherapy (Dr. James Bugental) and traditional cognitive behavioural approaches (Dr. David Burns, Dr. Christine Padesky). I have also received training in more recent forms of cognitive behavioural therapy which integrate mindfulness, experiential and compassion-based approaches. These include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) I have had a personal meditation practice and have studied Buddhist philosophy and psychology for 30 years.

My couples work is primarily influenced by family systems thinking as well as the work of Drs. John and Julie Gottman, Dr. Terrence Real, and Dr. Susan Johnson.

In 2005 I was was awarded the Practice of the Profession Award (Parke O. Davidson Award) by the B.C. Psychological Association for my work in child neuropsychology.

I am a member of the Association for Contextual and Behavioral Sciences, the British Columbia Psychological Association and the International Neuropsychological Society. I am a registered psychologist with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia ( Registration No. 862)