What inspires me is helping people to learn and make changes. Even one small sustainable change can make a huge difference over time. I’ve been moved by transformative conversations where someone deeply understands a new perspective or learns a bit of information and then develops the confidence and motivation to act on it. I’ve seen amazing things happen based on one little light bulb going on!
As an educator in the mental health field, I feel like most of the work I do has revolved around helping people adjusting and fine-tuning their paths based on learning and experiencing new things. Whether the new path is based on letting go of rumination about something painful or changing an unhelpful behavior, like numbing with food or alcohol, gaining a new perspective or learning something new can really have a positive impact.
I hold an undergraduate degree in Counselling and Psychology from York University and a Master’s of Adult Education from OISE. I have completed the DBT certificate program at CAMH and a Mindfulness for Clinical Practitioners certificate. I’ve worked at a community mental health adapting and facilitating a DBT skills program for individuals with serious mental illness. I am currently a part-time professor at Seneca College in the post-graduate mental health intervention certificate program. I actively consult with community mental health organizations to incorporate the DBT framework into their service delivery models.