Experience & Credentials

I started working as a counsellor 18 years ago and as a psychotherapist 12 years ago.  I completed my Masters of Social Work (MSW) in 2010 at the Factor-Inwentash School of Social Work at the University of Toronto.

In addition to private practice, I currently provide clinical supervision/consultation to a number of agencies and therapists in Toronto and I give lectures, trainings and conference presentations on my trauma-informed, attachment-focused work with trans youth and their parents.

In order to offer my clients effective and ethical psychotherapy services, I receive on-going clinical consultation from leaders in their respective fields. My consultants include Dr. Janina Fisher (the developer of Trauma Informed Stabilization Treatment), certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapists, Dr. Suzanne Levy (the co-developer of Attachment Based Family Therapy (ABFT), a certified Brainspotting consultant, an IFS trainer and a child development specialist. I also consult regularly with a group of peers who specialize in trauma work within LGBTQI2S+ communities using an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, feminist, sex positive, harm reduction lens. I am deeply committed to my own healing, growth and self reflection – as a person and as a clinician – my own psychotherapy, and mindfulness/somatic practices are important components of that inner work.

Community-based experience

I worked for many years at downtown accredited Children’s Mental Health Agency in Toronto in their LGBTQI2S+ program, providing individual, group and family therapy to youth and their parents/caregivers/siblings around issues related to gender identity, sexual orientation, self harm, depression, anxiety and/or problems at home or school. In this capacity, I reimagined and redeveloped the Families in TRANSition program (a psycho-educational group for parents of transgender/non-binary youth) by weaving in an attachment-focus and neurophysiological components aimed at strengthening the relationship between trans youth and their parents, promoting youth mental health, and building caregiver knowledge and self-regulation/communication skills to support trans youth in this crucial time in their lives. In 2016 I was a contributing author for the 2nd Edition of Families in TRANSition: A Guide for Parents of Trans Youth, which can be downloaded for free here: https://ctys.org/wp-content/uploads/CTYS-FIT-Families-in-Transition-Guide-2nd-edition.pdf

Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, I was involved in counselling, frontline community work and organizing work in Toronto and Montreal around issues related to sexual health, HIV/AIDS, intersectional feminism, anti-oppression training, and creating trans positive / gender affirming spaces and services. Between 2007 and 2012 I was involved in a number of academic research projects at Women’ College Hospital, the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto, and School of Social Work at Ryerson University.

I am a Registered Social Worker (RSW) in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW).

Professional Development Trainings


  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Developmental Injury – Level 2 (126 hours), Online live training with practicums, January 15, 2021 – ongoing.
  • Safe and Sound Protocol Provider Certification, Online training (5 hours), Jan 4, 2021 – ongoing.
  • Brainspotting Certification Process, November 2020 – ongoing, with Mariya Javed.


  • Assistant for Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Trauma Themes, Dr. Kekuni Minton, Online live training, September 24, 2020 – ongoing.
  • Certificate in Somatic Embodiment and Regulation Strategies, Linda Thai, MSW, Online training, October – ongoing.
  • Brainspotting Certification Process, November 2020 – ongoing, with Mariya Javed.
  • Brainspotting Phase 3 (25 hours), Online live training with practicums, Dr. David Grand, November 20-22, 2020.
  • Brainspotting Masterclass (20 hours), Online live training, Dr. David Grand, November 6-8, 2020.
  • Advanced Training for the Treatment of Complex Trauma and Dissociation (50 hours), Dr. Janina Fisher for the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, Online live training with practicums, May 22, 2020 – November 1, 2020.
  • Brainspotting Phase 2 (25 hours), Online live training with practicums, Katherine Allan, October 17-19, 2020.
  • Brainspotting Phase 1 (25 hours), Online live training with practicums, Dr. Jane Evans and Dr. Marjorie Robb, September 11-13, 2020.
  • IFS Circle: Foundations of the IFS Model, IFS Institute, Online training, April 2020 – ongoing
  • Three-Day Intensive Internal Family Systems (IFS) Experiential Workshop (18 hours), Dr. Frank Anderson, Toronto, ON, January 9 – 11, 2020
  • Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Course, Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Project and CAMH, online training, January – February 2020
  • Trans Health Connection Professional Mentorship Program, Rainbow Health Ontario (RHO), May 2014 – ongoing


  • DARe Module 4 – From Wound to Wellness: Victim-Perpetrator Dynamics and Disorganized Attachment, Diane Poole Heller, PhD, online training (9.25 hours), December 2019
  • Trans Health Connection Professional Mentorship Program, Rainbow Health Ontario (RHO), May 2014 – ongoing


  • Two-Spirit Cultural Safety Training, Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council (TASSC), Toronto, August 3, 2018


  • Working with the Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma, Janina Fisher, PhD, webinar series, September 2016 – December 2017
  • Trans Health Connection Professional Mentorship Program, Rainbow Health Ontario (RHO), May 2014 – ongoing
  • Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT) Certification process, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, Suzanne Levy, PhD, 2016 – in-progress


  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level 1 (80 hours): Affect Regulation, Survival Defenses and Traumatic Memory, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, Toronto, ON,  May 2015 – December 2016
  • Coordinating and Completing Referrals for Gender Affirming Surgeries – A pilot training and feedback session, Rainbow Health Ontario (RHO), August, Toronto, ON, 2016
  • Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT) – Advanced , Level 2, (18 hours), Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, Suzanne Levy, PhD, and Guy Diamond, PhD, March 16 – 18, 2016


  • What Counsellors Need to Know About Hormone Therapies and Trans Surgeries, Rainbow Health Ontario (RHO), December 12, Toronto, ON, 2014
  • New Directions in Child and Adolescent Trauma Treatment: A Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Approach (12 hours), Toronto Sexual Abuse Treatment Programs, Anne Westcott, M.A, LICSW, October 23 – 24, 2014
  • Providing Counselling and Support to Clients who are Transitioning, Rainbow Health Ontario (RHO), August 12, Toronto, ON, 2014
  • Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TFCBT), Medical University of South Carolina Web-based Learning Course, completed June, 2014
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy Externship (28 hours), Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work Continuing Education, University of Toronto, Sue Johnson, PhD and Gail Palmer, MSW, Toronto, ON, May 27-30, 2014
  • Challenging Teens, Struggling Parents — Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Sian Phillips, PhD, Student Focused Worker Initiative, MCYS, Toronto, ON, May 22, 2014
  • Teaching Affect Regulation Skills to Traumatized Adolescents and Adults, Ontario Association of Social Workers, Lisa Ferentz, MSW, Grimsby, ON, May 8, 2014


  • Mindfulness for Health Care Professionals, The Neuronova Centre for Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management, Dr. Jackie Gardner-Nix, October – December, 2013
  • Attachment-Focused Family Therapy (12 hours),  Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work Continuing Education, University of Toronto, Annette Kussin, MSW, November 15 – 16, 2013
  • Attachment-Based Family Therapy, Level 1 (18 hours), Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, Guy Diamond, PhD and Suzanne Levy, PhD, October 23 – 25, 2013
  • Supporting Gender Independent Children and their Families, Rainbow Health Ontario, Toronto, ON, Hershel Russel, M.Ed., September 25, 2013
  • Certificate in Trauma Counselling for Front-Line Workers, CTYS, Toronto, ON, Natalie Zlodre, MSW, March-April, 2013
  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (Attachment-focused Family Therapy)  Level 1 (24 hours), Theraplay Institute, Chicago, IL, Daniel Hughes, PhD, February 12-15, 2013


  • Emotion-Focused Therapy for Complex Trauma (EFT-CT) (12 hours), York University, York, ON, Dr. Sandra Paivio, May 3-4, 2012


  • Radical Acceptance: Buddhist Meditations That Heal and Awaken the Heart, Omega Rhinebeck Campus, Rhinebeck, NY, Tara Brach, PhD, July 8-10, 2011.
  • Engaging Traumatized Clients who Avoid Attachment, Closeness and Painful Feelings, Dr. Robert Muller, Hincks Dellcrest, Toronto, ON, January 31, 2011
  • Watch Wait and Wonder (12 hours), Hincks Dellcrest, Toronto, ON, Dr. Mirek Lojkasek, January 20-21, 2011


  • Motivating Clients to Change Addictive Behaviour (12 hours), TAPE Educational Services, Toronto, ON, November 19-20, 2010
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Frontline Workers: Essentials for Anxiety, Depression and PTSD (12 hours), Hincks Dellcrest Centre, Toronto ON, September 27-28, 2010
  • Toronto International Summer School of Narrative Practice (33 hours), Narrative Therapy Centre, Toronto, ON, July 5-9, 2010


  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (12 hours), Leading Edge Seminars,Toronto, ON, Dr. Sue Johnson, June 4-5, 2009
  • Narrative Therapy Intensive (25 hours), Hincks Dellcrest Centre, Toronto ON, David Epston, May 4-8, 2009

I would be honoured to support you and/or your family through life’s challenges and transitions. Please do not hesitate to contact me for a free telephone consultation to discuss how I can be of support to you.

(647) 204-2047