Research and Interests
I am a Registered Psychologist with a PhD in Counselling Psychology from a CPA accredited program. I serve the Faculty of Education as one of the primary Clinical Supervisors in the Clinical Services area. My role is to provide training and supervision to Master and Doctoral students in the Counselling Psychology program. I am also currently the Director of Training for the newly formed Edmonton Health and Counselling Psychology Residency Consortium.
My doctoral research focused on examining the essential characteristics of highly effective therapists. I maintain an interest in psychotherapy process and outcomes research, particularly therapist and client factors, as well as the contextual model of psychotherapy. As well, I am broadly interested in clinical supervision and issues related to professional ethics. I have served and continue to serve on several Master's Thesis and Doctoral Committees. **Please note: I do not take students as their primary academic supervisor.**
Theoretical Orientation and Experience
With over nineteen years of experience in the counselling profession, I have worked in the areas of career development, personal growth and development, health psychology, formal assessment, professional ethics and clinical supervision. I completed my doctoral residency in 2013-14 at the Cross Cancer Institute. Much of my professional practice work has focused on providing individual, group, and couples counselling to adults. As well, I have frequently given invited public seminars on topics like "Living Well" - the application of the principles of positive psychology in a health context. I practice largely from a theoretically integrative stance, though I commonly utilize techniques from existential, humanistic, cognitive-behavioural, mindfulness based/acceptance based, and emotion focused standpoints. In addition to my counselling experience, I have been providing direct clinical supervision to Master's, Doctoral, and PhD Interns for the past 5 years. I approach supervision from a largely developmental and contextual perspective while aiming to help students explore their own theoretical inclinations.
I am a member in good standing with the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP), where I currently serve on the Oral Ethics Examinations Committee, the Practice Advisory Committee, and the University Programs Approval Committee. I have also been a member of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta for the past 8 years (PAA), including 3 years served on the Board of Directors as a student board representative.