I am made up of many things. Psychologist. Mother. Actress. Public Speaker. ADHD Superhero (which is why I can’t describe myself in one word). Changer of Lives.
I work with kids, teens, and their families to help them build better lives by maximizing confidence and forging their resilience. I also work with professionals and educators looking for training and approaches to work effectively with their clients and students.
My focus is on developing these skills for long-term success and positive well-being.
Creating Meaningful Change
When a child or teen is having social, emotional, or behavioural difficulties, it can completely rewire routines and damage relationships, which affects the entire family. Bringing an extensive and unique blend of education, research, and clinical experience to the table, I provide support for those parenting children with exceptional needs.
Another important aspect of my work is to help families understand anxiety, how it appears, and how to respond to it effectively (rather than make it worse). In my practice, I support parents so they can successfully manage worries such as separation fears, fear of the dark, and worries about the weather. In addition, we explore how to deal with ‘in the heat of the moment’ emotional outbursts.
As a mom myself, I know how hard it can be to be the parent you want to be for your kids. Knowing what effective and practical strategies are available to you is the first step in gaining the skills to better support your kids.
My Mission is to Help Families
In our work together, I teach you how to communicate effectively to create connection, cooperation, and harmony in the home. We explore how kids develop and how social, emotional, and/or behavioural difficulties affect kids’ lives at home, at school, and within their relationships with parents, siblings, teachers, and peers. From here, I help kids and families learn how to be successful!
I started volunteering with kids with disabilities when I was a teen myself, in high school. In 1996, I began front-line work, supporting children with exceptional needs and their families. After almost a decade, I decided to return to school and earn a Master’s Degree, after which I began consulting in schools and working in my private practice as a psychologist. I eventually earned my Ph.D. in Psychology, specializing in child development, ADHD, and anxiety. I have numerous articles published on a variety of forums, as well as published work in peer-reviewed, academic journals such as Child Care in Practice and Inclusive Educator Journal. To learn more about my contributions, visit my website.