I am registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board—you can verify this at their website's register. Being registered means I am accountable to the Board and that I hold a current practising certificate.
When I work with individuals, children, families and groups, I believe in being attentive to how the surrounding world and culture can affect us. I believe an ecological approach gives a deeper understanding of many of the issues that arise in our lives.
My areas of interest include: resilience, parenting skills, bereavement & grief, trauma, health psychology, diversity, equity and inclusivity.
I have earned my qualifications in Child and Family Psychology from the University of Canterbury. While studying for these qualifications, I have had work experience placements with the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) in Pediatrics, at the Ministry of Education, and at Child, Youth and Family. Following this, I worked for CDHB Child Health in the Department of Pediatrics at Christchurch Hospital, at Beacon House, and at Montreal House.
Prior to this I gained a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning and worked as a teacher for a short period. I came to New Zealand from Canada, and have a Bachelor’s degree and a Post Baccalaureate from Simon Fraser University. At Simon Fraser University I also worked as a researcher, and helped develop and teach some Humanities courses. I also volunteered at the local high schools, working with young people.