I received a B.A. in psychology from McGill University and a Masters degree in Applied Psychology from the University of New Brunswick. I went on to complete my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University in 1999. As part of my training I completed a pre-doctoral internship at Victoria Hospital in London (now part of the London Health Sciences Centre). Both the Ph.D. and internship programs were accredited by the Canadian and American Psychological Associations.
I have worked in private practice for 17 years providing mental health assessment, treatment, and consultation for adolescents and adults. I have also worked extensively in the area of health psychology, providing assessment and treatment services to cardiac patients within the Cardiac Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention Program at St. Joseph’s Health Care London (formerly located at the London Health Sciences Centre). I have conducted research and written about the secondary prevention of heart disease and stroke in women.
I have an appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor in psychiatry within the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University. I teach and coordinate training in cognitive behavioral therapy for psychiatry residents. I also supervise psychology residents completing their pre-doctoral residency within the London Clinical Psychology Residency Consortium.
My approach to working with clients is compassionate and respectful. I aim to provide focused therapy using empirically (scientifically) validated forms of treatment. I primarily work from a cognitive behavioral orientation. Cognitive behavior therapy involves helping clients learn to identify, challenge, and modify unhelpful ways of thinking that contribute to current difficulties with mood and coping. In my work I do consider the role that family history, childhood experience, and social context play in the development and maintenance of current difficulties.
New clients are always welcome. You can call me directly at 519-476-6749 or e-mail me and I will call you back so that we can briefly discuss the issues for which you are seeking help. I am happy to answer any questions you may have about my practice or my approach. If you would like to proceed, we can then set up an initial appointment. If I feel that you are facing issues that are not within the scope of my practice, I will do my best to provide you with the name of another professional who may be of assistance.
The provision of quality, timely service is a goal I seek to meet at all times. I will do my very best to ensure that the assistance I provide meets your expectations. Please let me know if you have any special needs or concerns that can be addressed to make the time you spend with me a positive and productive experience.
Reactions to Trauma
Work Issues/ Burnout
Eating and Body Image Concerns
Obsessions and Compulsions
Emotional reactions post-cardiac event and stroke
Adjustment to chronic illness
Feel free to leave a detailed message on my confidential office voicemail. Please leave your phone number and several convenient times when I can return your call.
I prefer using e-mail only to arrange or modify appointments. Please do not e-mail me content related to your therapy sessions, as e-mail is not completely secure or confidential. E-mail should not be used for emergencies. In case of emergency please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency department.
379 Dufferin Ave.
London, Ontario N6B 1Z5
My office is located at 379 Dufferin Ave. between Waterloo and Colborne Streets.
There is free parking in the rear of the building and meter parking on the street. Entrance to the waiting room is at the rear of the building.