My clients often provide me very positive feedback about our interactions and my approach. I have more than six years of front-line experience. I’ve worked in hospitals, community agencies, and non-profit organizations. I’m trained in various therapeutic approaches, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), exposure therapy, motivational interviewing, and existential approaches. I’ve worked with individuals with mood disorders (including bipolar disorder), psychotic disorders (including schizophrenia), personality disorders (including Borderline Personality Disorder, or BPD), eating disorders (including anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder), substance use issues, and many, many other challenges.
I also have training and experience in Participatory Action Research (PAR) methodology. PAR can be used for research, program design and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and much more. PAR holds at its core the values of participation (in that those being researched should not be treated as ‘research subjects’ but rather as active participants in the investigation of issues that are relevant to them) and action (in that issues and suggestions identified by community members point directly to action points that can be acted upon by parties which include community members themselves, as well as other parties, including governing bodies). As such, PAR seeks not to monopolize knowledge or impose research paradigms, but to rather look to the knowledge of community members themselves in order to identify and suggest solutions for issues and problems that are relevant in their community.