About Me

I am a Registered Provisional Psychologist, with a

specialization in counselling psychology. I completed

my Masters degree at Athabasca University, which I

chose to attend because of its reputation as being the

only Masters level psychology program in Alberta

which centres principles of social justice. This was a

strong incentive for me, as I am actively working for

and supportive of enacting systemic change.

During my practicum at the Sexual Assault Centre

of Edmonton, I worked with clients needing immediate,

intensive support as well as clients who needed ongoing, progressive assistance. I am well-versed in supporting clients at every stage of the healing process, as well as in adapting therapeutic treatments to the needs of a given client.

 

I believe that being human requires standing in solidarity with the struggles of others. More, as a mental health professional, it means that I have an absolute responsibility to point out areas where our profession must do better while also working to support community members both within and outside of sessions. Psychologists must (at least in my opinion), work to dismantle our internalized white supremacy, internalized oppressive frameworks, and embrace a position of "being comfortable with discomfort" - including, and especially, within the profession and practice of psychology.

I also believe that being in therapy is a political act: taking the time to take care of your mental health means prioritizing your wellbeing. It says that you are more than just a cog in a machine, producing goods or providing labour. Doing so means prioritizing yourself and acknowledging that you deserve, and are worthy of, a life that is rich and full of meaning to you. As Audre Lord said: “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” 

What I'm currently reading:                                       
"Kinship - Practice"
Edited by Gavin Van Horn, Robin Wall Kimmerer, and John Hausdoerffer  
https://glassbookshop.ca/item/vzzb7F-6WZypyt2_hRgWBA
 
And
"The Prairie Gardner's Go-To for Soil" by Janet Melrose & Sheryl Normandeau
https://glassbookshop.ca/item/3xwN0QWPW-W-9CS0HxjVLQ
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