EMDR - Eye Movement De-Sensitization and Re-Processing is an evidenced-based type of counselling than can often work faster than traditional talk therapy. I am trained in trauma specific therapy and EMDR has proven to be highly effective with people suffering with PTSD and other traumas that interfere with everyday living.
Private or Group Mindfulness and Yoga Sessions to help you strengthen your body and calm the mind. Learn how to do mindfulness meditation and to be more mindful in your daily life. Participate in my small group Mindfulness Program where I integrate mindfulness with high quality yoga instruction. I have 350 hours yoga teacher training including specialized knowledge with Seniors. I am the owner of "Firefly Mindful Yoga"in Huntsville where I offer private and group sessions in the community and in private homes. I also teach at Ahimsa Yoga Studio; Motivations Fitness and Muskoka Hot Yoga. I am an enthusiastic Yogi and I practice Mindfulness on a daily basis.
About Me> I have worked in the Adult and Children's Mental Health field for over 35 years which has provided me with a wealth of insight into human behaviour and how to support emotional well-being. My counselling experience has included work with people from diverse backgrounds, genders and sexual orientation. I have considerable experience providing Clinical Consultation to Mental Health Professionals including psychologists, social workers, nurses, and other mental health workers. By utilizing evidence-based knowledge that has been honed with many years of counselling practice, I have a well-grounded ability to help others help themselves.
Over the years I have worked with various Non-Profit Agencies as a Professional Counsellor where I had regular clinical supervision and mentoring as a Mental Health Professional. I have worked with the following Agencies/Companies as a Professional Counsellor: Counsellor - The Elizabeth Fry Society (with women in conflict with the law); Group Work - Breakthrough Program for Women with Trauma; YWCA; Child and Family Therapist - The Child Development Institute (formerly The Creche); Children's Mental Health; Clinical Consultant/ Counsellor-Brief Therapy Program - Yorktown Child and Family Centre; Children's Mental Health; Clinical Supervisor - MacCaulay Child Development Centre; Clinical Manager and Counsellor - Family Service Toronto; Counsellor - Brainworks Rehab Therapy, Counsellor .
Experienced in providing brief therapy suitable for short-term counselling for EAP and Insurance Benefits as well as longer term counselling and psychotherapy. I am trained specifically in trauma therapy and have undergone training in Post Traumatic Stress Responses with men and women.
It is important to have solid professional counselling experience working within an Agency or Company or with a group of qualified Clinicians prior to engaging in a Private Practise. Counselling is both an art and a science, and it takes considerable time to develop the insight and awareness to provide high quality counselling. My work in the not-for-profit sector has established me as a clinically competent Therapist.
I am especially grateful for all I have learned from the many hundreds of clients I have worked with both directly and indirectly through the years. It is by actively listening to the lived reality of my clients where I have truly developed both as a professional and as a person. The ingenuity of people never ceases to amaze me, and I always gain satisfaction when clients find ways to release themselves from emotional suffering and move into a life of greater freedom and psychological strength.
I am a great believer in the mind/body connection and this is why I am so involved with yoga and mindfulness. I keep up-to-date with the latest findings in neuroscience and the evolving nature of ways of understanding human behaviour. Every year I advance my training to ensure I can provide the best quality service to the clients I have the privilege to work with. I appreciate the healing power of nature and this is why I live and work in Muskoka! I have been married for more than 34 years and know how to work through the challenges that arise in intimate relationships. With two two adult children I am familiar with the experiences of being a parent and the trials and tribulations that go with this life-long process. I have stayed in the counselling field for so many years because I love helping people help themselves. I am trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction I also practice Mindfulness Meditation and Mindfulness in my everyday life. I am grateful to have chosen this profession where I can experience the transformational joy of change with others.
Choosing a Counsellor/Therapist: It is important that you have a "good fit" with your Counsellor and that they truly have sufficient experience, training and supervision in order to provide you with high quality service. I have trained many Clinicians over the years and know that to be an excellent Therapist one needs to have high quality clinical consultation. Confirm that your Therapist has evidence of dedicated commitment working in the Mental Health field as a Professional with the credentials to practise counselling and psychotherapy. You have a right and a responsibility to ask questions of any prospective Counsellor to find the right fit for you.
Clinical Consultation for Mental Health Professionals. Many Agencies have neither the budget nor the Clinical Expertise to provide high quality clinical consultation, so they hire me. I provide individual & small group clinical consultation and Workshops on Compassion Fatigue, Vicarious Trauma and Conflict De-Escalation. I also offer workshops on Mindfulness in the Workplace.
- Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers Registration (# 814421
- Member of the Ontario Association of Professional Social Workers
- Certified Yoga Instructor (350 hours training)
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Instructor - Trained in Mindfulness Level 1 and 2
- EMDR (Basic and Advanced Training) - Niagra Stress Clinic