I am a registered clinical social worker in the province of Nova Scotia as well as a licensed private practitioner. I began providing therapeutic services to children, individuals, and families when working at Bower-Jacquard Psychological Services Ltd in the Valley in 2012, after working seven years as a front line social worker with children and families with the Department of Community Services. I now have two children and while seeking a healthy work/life balance, I decided to begin providing therapeutic services under my own private practice closer to home. I have built a great reputation in the Annapolis Valley that I plan to further expand on the South Shore.

 

I have gained specialized training from the Canadian Association of Child and Play Therapy to provide child and play based therapies to children, youth, and families. I offer directive and non-directive play based therapy approaches along with use of sandtray therapy techniques. To learn more about my background and philosophies click on the 'About Me' tab. With my additional clinical social work training, I also offer individual therapy for parents, and family therapies with a solution focus acknowledging individual experiences, strengths, and strategies.

 

I have also become experienced and skilled in collaboratively working with parents of separation and divorce situations to identify what is in the best interest of the child(ren); through a unique process I have established, I assist parents in developing a co-parenting plan together outside of a court process. I am passionate about my work; I offer a non-judgmental attitude, and seek creative ways to find solutions to the challenges encountered in life for children and their families.

Services

Parenting Support

- Individual Therapy

- Stress Reduction

- Parenting Skill Development

- Empathy Building

- Parent/Child Therapy

- Personal Change/Transitions

Child & Play Based Therapies​

- Stress, Anxiety, Fears

- Grief & Loss

- Behavioural Changes

- Coping & Adjusment

- Anger Management

- Social Skill Development

- Emotion Identification & Expression

- Trauma Experiences

- Family Therapy

Parent/Child Retreats
(Offered Based on Interest)

- Building & Strengthening Bonds

- Parent/Child Attachment

- De-stressing

- Relationship Repair

- Connecting with Nature​

Worry/Self-Esteem Workshops
(Offered Based on Interest)

- Educational & Skill Enhancing

- Self-Esteem Building

- Personal Discovery

- Meaningful & Purposeful Goals

- Hands-on with Resources

Co-Parenting Planning​

​- Family Mediation

- Co-Parenting Plan Development

- Separation & Divorce

- Family Reunification

- Blended Families

- Adoption

- Family Planning

Author/Speaker/Consultant

- Author of Emotionally Attuned Parenting ~ An Easy + Fun Guide to Helping Your Child Through the Tough Stuff of Life

- Speaker at Conferences/Workshops/Training Seminars

- Consultant on the topics of: Parenting, Child Development, Play Based Therapy, Childhood Mental Health & Wellness

Location:

4171 Hwy 3, Chester,

Nova Scotia

B0J 1J0

Make a Referral:

902.279.0519

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