I am an independent registered psychotherapist, life and ADHD coach and a mindfulness instructor, who previously held positions at Algonquin College in the Centre for Accessible Learning. and at Carleton University at the Paul Menton Centre where I provided psychotherapy, ADHD coaching and disabilities counselling.
My therapeutic success is the result of my unique approach that incorporates psychotherapeutic interventions, coaching strategies & mindfulness training into treatment plans that meet the individual needs of my clients.
Counsellor & Psychotherapist
I provide individual counselling and psychotherapy, group therapy and mindfulness-based workshops to my clients. My therapeutic expertise includes the treatment for anxiety and mood disorders (depression), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities, chronic pain, life dissatisfaction, academic stress, parenting distress, menopause related distress, stress and burnout, procrastination & lack of goal achievement, low self-esteem, shame, and self-sabotaging behaviours.
To help my clients discover new ways of coping with difficult emotions and circumstances, and to relate to themselves in a kinder, more encouraging and accepting manner, I use proven Third Wave Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approaches, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Compassion-Focused Therapy. I also facilitate a variety of Mindfulness-Based workshops for the treatment of stress, depression, ADHD and difficulties with parenting.
Life & ADHD Coach
As an ADHD Specialist, I help my clients overcome self-defeating patterns, learn new strategies to manage their symptoms and place great focus on developing compassion based self-discipline and self-talk. The focus of the session is often on goal setting, and overcoming procrastination. As a Life Coach, I facilitate the process of self-discovery, goal setting and goal achievement, and reaching fulfilment. In my coaching approach, I use Solution Focused Coaching and the Immunity to Change protocol.
Professional Development Instructor
I am an avid supporter of furthering the practice of mindfulness in my professional community. Sonia and I both dedicate much of our free time to organizing and teaching professional development workshops to other healthcare providers, both in our private practice and as part of Mindfulness Ottawa Professional Community.These workshops provide information about the practice and benefits of mindfulness practice and present opportunities to learn self-care, increase resilience and prevent burnout and incorporate coaching strategies into therapeutic interventions.
As part of my professional services, I provide guest lectures on mindfulness-related topics to students at the University of Ottawa and at Algonquin College, and mindfulness workshops to professors, support and administrative staff in post secondary institutions.
Algonquin College: Disabilities Counsellor
At the College, I worked at the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) and provided disabilities counselling, psychotherapy, ADHD coaching and mindfulness training to students registered with CAL. My primary cliental were apprenticeship students, which means that I worked extensively with tradesmen between the ages of 24 to 55. In general, we focused on anxiety and depression treatment, and anger and stress management. My role also included providing and organizing professional development for counsellors and medical staff, as well as supporting parents whose son or daughter were registered at the Centre.
My education consists of an MA in Educational Counselling from the University of Ottawa, and a Solution Focused Coaching Certificate from Erickson International. I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario (CRPO) and Certified Canadian Counsellor through the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). In addition, I am also a certified yoga and mindfulness instructor.
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Dr, Russ Harris, Dr. Georg H. Eifert & Dr. John P. Forsyth)
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Dr. Martin M. Antony; Dr. Christine Pedesky)
- Compassion Focused Therapy (Dr. Paul Gilbert; Dr. Dennis Tirch)
- Mindful Self-Compassion (Dr. Christopher Germer & Dr. Kristin Neff)
- Mindfulness-Integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (Dr. Bruno Cayoun)
- Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (Dr. Zindel Segal & Susan Woods)
- MyMind ADHD, ASD & Mindful Parenting Advanced Teacher Training (Dr. Susan Bögels)
- Solution Focused Coaching (Erikson International)
- Unlocking the Immunity to Change: A New Approach to Personal Improvement (Harvard University; Dr Robert Kegan & Dr. Lisa Lahey)
- Cultivating Emotional Balance Teacher Training (Dr. Paul & Eve Ekman, Dr. Allen Wallace)
- Certified Yoga and Meditation Instructor (Sivananda)
My research interest is on the benefits of mindfulness. I have completed a research study with Dr. Diana Koszycki on the benefits of a six-week long mindfulness program on executive and academic functioning. The Mindfulness for Academic Success (MAS) program was adapted from MBSR and MBCT for students who are experiencing academic difficulties in post-secondary education. This research indicated that completion of the MAS program improved students’ executive and academic functioning and reduced their symptoms of ADHD and negative emotions.
I also conducted research with Dr. John Zelenski on the benefits of practicing mindfulness while walking in nature. Spending time in nature can boost connectedness to nature, which is associated with environmentally friendly behaviours, improving attention and vitality, and eliciting positive emotions. The practice of mindfulness has increased the potential for these benefits.