I have been in private practice, and Registered with BC College of Psychologists since 2004.
My formal education includes:
- B.A. (Sociology) – McMaster University 1990
- M.A. (Counselling Psychology) – Trinity Western University 2000
- Ph.D. (Counselling Psychology) – University of British Columbia 2003
Selected specialty training:
- American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress – Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress
- American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress – Certification in Acute Traumatic Stress Management (2005)
- Canadian Foundation for Trauma Research and Education – Foundation Level Self-Regulation Therapy (2000)
- BC School of Professional Psychology – EMDR & Secondary Trauma (2008)
- BC School of Professional Psychology – EMDR Training (2000)
- BC School of Professional Psychology – Therapeutic Enactment Director Training (2000)
- BC School of Professional Psychology – Advanced Group Process Training (2001)
- American Psychological Association – Work, Stress & Health (2011)
- Harvard Medical School – Relentless Hope: The Refusal to Grieve (2010)
- ISTSS Annual Conference (2010)
- US National Center for PTSD – Clinical Residency (2010)
- Milton Erickson Foundation – Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference (2009)
- American Psychological Association – Psychologically Healthy Workplace Conference (2009)
- Harvard Medical School – Trauma, Consciousness and the Body (2008)
- Omega Institute / Dr. Daniel Goleman – Emotional Intelligence (2008)
- BC Psychological Association – Ethics for Psychologists (2008)
- Justice Institute of BC – The Mindful Brain (2007)
- Harvard Medical School – Phase-Oriented Treatment of Trauma (2005)
- Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation – Managing Conflict in the Workplace (2004)
- BC Law Society – Advanced Mediation Clinic (2004)
- Trinity Western University – Meaning & Addiction Workshop (2005)
- BC Psychological Association – Emotion Focused Therapy Workshop (2005)
- BC Psychological Association – Ethics in Psychology (2005)
- University of British Columbia – Vicarious Trauma in the Workplace (2004)
- Canadian Forces / Department of National Defense – Conflict Coaching (2005)
From 1990 – 2013 I served as police officer in the RCMP where I worked in a variety of roles from uniform and plainclothes through to human resources, conflict resolution, change management and health services. I have worked in municipal and provincial detachments, as well on national initiatives. I have spoken across Canada on trauma issues in policing including to the Canadian Association of Chiefs of police. I have conducted many training sessions nationally on conflict resolution, trauma, CISM, resilience, and psychologically healthy workplaces. In 2012 I was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for my work in the area of trauma and resilience in policing.
Since 2004 I have also served as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia, where I have taught Group Counselling, Advanced Group Counselling, Career Counselling, and Trauma Counselling.
On a personal note, I have been married for over 20 years, with a daughter, and house full of pets.
The following pages will tell you more specifically about my approach to counselling and psychotherapy, and may help you decide if I might be a good fit for you.