I completed my master’s degree in social work through King’s University College at Western University in 2019, and I am registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. I also previously obtained a Master of Arts degree in sociology, for which I conducted an independent research study examining the role that youth-centred community resources play in mental health promotion and awareness for at-risk youth residing in disadvantaged communities.
I have worked with children and youth in various capacities for over 12 years. At McKenzie Psychology, under the supervision of Dr. Sandra McKenzie, I provide psychological services for children and adolescents who struggle with anxiety, mood disorders and emotion dysregulation, body image and self-esteem challenges, behavioural challenges, and attention difficulties, among other presenting concerns. My passion has always lied in mental health, and I have worked in various settings including community-based services, hospital programs, and social service agencies over the course of my career. In addition to my work with McKenzie Psychology, I am employed full-time with the London Health Sciences Centre mood and anxiety clinic, where I provide psychotherapy to youth and emerging adults. I previously worked for the Adult Eating Disorders Service, providing treatment to individuals with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder, and other feeding and eating disorders. During my graduate studies in social work, I completed internships with Craigwood Children, Youth & Family Services and the Thames Valley District School Board.
In my therapeutic practice, I integrate cognitive-behavioural, mindfulness, and play-based interventions, and I am committed to providing child- and family-centred care. I enjoy being creative and thinking of unique ways to engage young individuals in therapeutic work in a way that interests and resonates with them. My warm demeanor and easy-going personality allow me to connect with those I work with, and to develop rapport with ease. With the support of psychotherapy, I firmly believe that all individuals have the ability to draw on their own strengths and internal resources to achieve wellness.