I have 12 years in front-line community mental health crisis work, working with a multi-disciplinary team with psychiatric supervision. I work with under-served populations struggling with trauma, depression, anxiety, addiction, and other social stressors. I’m a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and Master Trainer for ASIST (applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training). I have a degree in Criminology and Psychology at The University of Ottawa. Forthcoming training at The Orenda Institute with Dr. Richard Yensen for Ketamine- Assisted Psychotherapy Training (June, 2018).
I have personal experience with psychedelics in a ceremonial setting and have received my own psychotherapy for safe and effective use of self (and integration). I’m familiar with the MAPS protocol for MDMA therapy as well as the ZENDO guide for psychedelic harm reduction. I have extensive knowledge of psychedelics from reading and attending various conferences. At conference, I also took part in experiential activities for psychedelic harm reduction. I regularly practice yoga, mindfulness, and meditation. I am a songwriter, musician, and published poet.
I’m familiar with Transpersonal psychology and Stan Grof as well, which I find is a good framework to understanding people’s experience, promote the use of art, music, dancing, meditation, etc for people who are integrating. I have presented in Berlin and Prague for Beyond Psychedelics and Altered Conference for talks on Integration, Harm Reduction, and Education in the field of psychedelics.
How I work with clients
I find that psychedelic Integration is an important aspect of the psychedelic experience because it helps you to gain a deeper understanding and ground the experience in your daily life. My approach is tailored to your needs. I bring compassion, creativity, and a sense of safety to therapy. I utilize art, music, Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Music Based-CBT, Trauma-Informed Yoga, and many other modalities to ensure that you gain a deeper understanding of your strengths and increase resilience.
I consider anti-oppression and cultural safety as an important aspect of any therapy and I offer services as an ally to the LGBTTQ community and am open to diverse cultural and spiritual backgrounds. I enjoy improvising with clients while building awareness, skills, and supporting their own innate wisdom and transformation.