I grew up in a small town in Alberta and completed my B.Ed. at the University of Alberta. I had my first teaching job in Blackfalds, Alberta and then spent the next 10 years working as a community educator for various not-for-profit organizations in Calgary including the Arusha Centre. One of my most fulfilling jobs prior to becoming registered as a Psychologist was working as a Sexuality Educator with Centre for Sexuality (then CBCA). As a sexuality educator I worked with adults and adolescents, facilitating discussions and reflections around issues of sexuality, gender, and healthy relationships.
In 2000, I returned to university, the University of Calgary, first completing my M.Ed. in Education Research (2004) and then my M.Sc. In Counselling Psychology (2007). My M.Sc. thesis research focused on the experiences of people who express non-conforming gender identities. Although the language has evolved since I did that research, the findings of the research are still relevant today. Click here to read a published paper from my research.
I completed the requirements to become a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists in 2009 while working with Carya (then Calgary Family Services). My training was comprehensive and I worked with children, adolescents, and adults providing individual, family, parent-child dyad, and couple’s counseling.
After I had completed my professional registration, I spent the next six years working at the University of Calgary SU Wellness Centre where I worked with student clients addressing personal, career, and academic concerns.