I earned my doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Windsor in 1989, and practiced in hospital, community, group home, rehabilitation, and private settings prior to joining the University of Alberta in 1997. I am a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists and member of the Canadian Psychological Association.
Theoretical Orientation to Practice
Because all orientations to psychotherapy are equally effective, interventions are helpful only if client and therapist believe them to be so, and the client’s experience of therapy is paramount, I practice from a theoretically pluralistic, technically collaborative, feedback-informed orientation. I first draw from all psychotherapeutic approaches to find a shared understanding of each client’s problem that offers hope. I then propose promising solutions consistent with our shared understanding. At every stage of therapy I seek client feedback on their experience of factors empirically proven to be associated with treatment effectiveness and make adjustments accordingly.
Because no theoretical orientation deserves to be privileged over any other and the therapist’s belief in an approach to psychotherapy is central to being effective, I strive to help students find their own orientation to practice and learn how to adapt it in the service of their clients.