Education & Training

My education and training reflect my commitment to provide exceptional services in the pursuit of personal transformation.

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“imagination is more important than knowledge,” said einstein.


The following are my deeper dives into educational pursuits – 6 month studies or longer.

International Institute of Clinical Sexology

PhD Candidate in Clinical Sexology, specializing in Kink Conscious Education

City University of Seattle

Master of Counselling

University of Alberta

Bachelor of Arts, Women's Studies (Hons)

Opening to Grace Somatic Studies

Relational Somatic Therapy Program

Options for Sexual Health

Sexual Health Educator Certificate (SHEC) graduate

Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences

Traditional Chinese Medicine (2.5 years of a 5 year doctorate)

I include this because it remains relevant and informs my practice in important ways. Coupled with my somatic therapy training, this approach to understanding the body and mind as inextricably connected means that as a counsellor, i am always attending to both states.


The following are my shorter trainings.

Somatic Study with Mariah Moser

Rekindling Desire with Esther Perel

Motivational Interviewing with Paul Burke

DBT Online Training with Marsha Linehan

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy with John R. Wagner

Core Addictions Practice with Interior Health Authority

Trauma-Informed Practice with Interior Health Authority

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

I have extensive training and experience in leading Dialectical Behaviour Therapy groups, both for adolescents and adults. Based on both acceptance and change, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy offers skills to help with mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is helpful for a wide range of mental health issues, including eating disordersaddictions, and overcoming trauma. It was developed to help people who struggle with intense emotions and mood swings; suicidality and self-harm; impulsive behaviours; loneliness and fear of abandonment. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy offers practical skills which can be taught both in individual sessions as well as groups. Below is a list of all the groups I have facilitated.

Group Facilitation

Life Beyond Bipolar

Overcoming Anxiety

Survivors of Violence Solidarity

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

Girls’ Empowerment Movement (GEM) – Guest Facilitator

Core Skills for Stress Management, Anger Management, & Self-Esteem

Board Positions

Nelson & District Women’s Centre – Coordinating Collective (2014-2017)

BC Association of Clinical Counsellors – Editorial Advisory Committee member for INSIGHTS magazine (2017-present)

The Endo Educational Organization of Canada - Practitioner Voice committee (2021-present)

Professional Memberships

BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC)

American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counsellors and Therapists (AASECT)

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