Beginning as an elementary school teacher, my curiosity and commitment to personal and professional growth motivated me to earn a Master’s degree in 1977. I then worked with special needs children and adolescents with learning and communication disorders as well as disruptive behavioral disorders.
I attended Northwestern University in Illinois and obtained my PhD in 1982. I was especially interested in developmental process of language and cognition, how we communicate, and the underlying neuro-psychological processes. I taught undergraduate and graduate university courses for several years.
In 1986, when I was a visiting scholar at OISE in Toronto, my professional life took a turn when I was introduced to the work of the noted Swiss psychiatrist, Dr. Carl Jung. I studied dream interpretation for 13 years, developed a strong foundation in the work of Carl Jung with studies in Zurich and Toronto and went into Jungian analysis myself. I became a Jungian psychotherapist in private practice in 1991.
Since moving to Victoria, I have continued to take on-going professional development. My work is now grounded in three major approaches: Somatic Transformation/Body Centered therapies, Mindfulness Based therapies, and Jungian psychotherapy.
Credentials and Training
- I hold a doctorate (PhD) from Northwestern University (Illinois) and a Master’s degree (MEd) from the University of Saskatchewan.
- I am a Registered Professional Counsellor #3008 (Master level) certified by the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association.
- In 2012 I completed a two-year specialization and one-year advanced training in trauma and PTSD using Somatic Transformation.
- I had a private practice in Toronto, and was a clinical member of the Ontario Society for Psychotherapists. (1993-2001)
- I have over 25 years experience studying Jungian dream work including courses at the Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland and the CG Jung Foundation of Ontario in Toronto.
- I am certified in the practice of Reality Therapy and Choice Theory by the William Glasser Institute in Los Angeles, California.
- I have 5 years of hospice experience in bereavement and grief counselling in Victoria and Toronto.
- I take on-going professional development so that I am current with new approaches such as Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.
- My teaching experience includes past faculty appointments at University of British Columbia, University of Saskatchewan, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and Mount Allison University.
- In addition to more traditional training in therapeutic practices, I bring a unique blend of Western and Eastern approaches to therapy. I have lived and studied within the yogic/Vedanta tradition in India, as well as in a Buddhist monastery.