I earned my doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Palo Alto. My dissertation was an exploration of psychotherapy treatment outcomes in a training clinic. I also interned at the Alaska Psychiatric Institute. These highly-ranked training programs, accredited by the American Psychological Association, allow me to be of effective use to my clientele. Moreover, I also completed a postdoctoral fellowship through Back in Motion in Vancouver, B.C.
In addition to private practice, I provide clinical supervision to Master’s, Psy.D., and Ph.D. candidates in the clinical psychology programs at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and Adler University. As well, I teach cognitive and behavioural interventions to doctoral students. With regard to my research, I have focused on eating disorders through the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Sciences at Stanford University and the Mental Illness Research Center at the Palo Alto VA.
My scholarly research is an active part of my work, fundamentally informing the daily work I do with my clientele. I also lecture regularly on CBT, an active area of specialization and professional interest. In addition, in these settings I conducted a range of psychological assessments. Having trained in a variety of clinical and research-based environments, I have the necessary expertise and wherewithal to support my clients on their journey to self-actualization.
My clinical training consisted of private practice, therapeutic outdoor camps, psychiatric hospitals, community mental health agencies, providing psychiatric stabilization services as a mobile crisis interventionist in San Francisco, as well as child and family treatment settings. Academically, I worked as a graduate teaching assistant throughout my scholarly training.
Prior to my graduate training in psychology, I completed an Honors degree in psychology from the University of Winnipeg where I focused on animal learning and worked in a rat laboratory, examining the impact of alcohol dependency and scalar timing theory. Before receiving formal training in psychology, I worked with underserved youth, including those with various mental health issues and fetal alcohol syndrome. Since early adolescence, I was exposed to a number of camp-related experiences, which instilled in me a desire to cooperate, learn from, and acquire a good familiarity with cultural adjustment. My desire to understand human nature has been prevalent since early adolescence and it’s also been the greatest impetus behind my work as a registered psychologist.
In my free time, I enjoy exploring the outdoors, travel, new innovations in technology, strategic games, and, last but not least, my dog.