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About Me

I am a Registered Psychotherapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and trained Yoga Teacher. I specialize in helping people heal and recover from trauma, anxiety, chronic stress, women's issues and more. I use an eclectic approach that goes beyond traditional talk therapy by safely bringing the body into our therapeutic process. I love to collaborate with my clients based on their unique needs and goals while integrating a variety of approaches including traditional talk therapy, Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, parts work, mindfulness, neuroscience, yoga and more. I have been told by previous clients that I have a calm and gentle demeanour. I believe that long lasting change results from treating the whole person. 


I am also a trained Yoga Teacher with experience teaching gentle yoga and meditation to students from a trauma-informed lens. I have a passion for Yoga Nidra and offer free Yoga Nidra practices and other guided meditations with trauma-informed elements through my Youtube channel "Blooming Lotus Counselling" and the free app Insight Timer. 

I am a mother of two young children and love spending time with my family, including our dog. I consider myself a life long student and am dedicated to ongoing learning both within my field and beyond. I like to follow my curiosity and learn on an intellectual level but also an experiential level; that means that I have experience as a client in the approaches that I use and I understand what it is like from the client's perspective. I also love reading, hiking, yoga, cooking and finding ways to use my creative energy. 

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Education and Training


  • Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, Yorkville University

  • Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Trent University


  • Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO #007354)

  • ​Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Somatic Experiencing International ​​

  • Maternal Mental Health Professional Certificate Training, Postpartum Support International​

Other Trainings and Workshops

  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Training, Personal Transformation Institution

  • When There Are No Words: Repairing Early Trauma with EMDR Therapy with Sandra Paulsen

  • Working with Shame and Anger in Psychotherapy (Emotion Focused Therapy) with Dr. Les Greenberg, Centre for Psychology and Emotional Health

  • Relational Life Therapy Level One with Terry Real

  • Brainspotting, PESI with David Grande

  • Compassionate Inquiry, Mission Empowerment with Dr. Gabor Mate

  • Trauma & Internal Family Systems, Mission Empowerment with Dr. Richard Schwartz

  • Internal Family Systems Therapy for Shame and Guilt w Martha Sweezy via IFSCA

  • The Others Within Us: Practical Applications (Internal Family Systems) w Robert Falconer via IFSCA

  • Single Session & Brief Narrative Therapy, Windz Institute

  • Fierce Self Compassion, Mission Empowerment with Dr. Kristen Neff

  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Centre for Mindfulness Studies

  • Working with Core Beliefs of "Never Good Enough", NICAMB

  • De-Escalating Potentially Violent Situations, Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute

  • Racialized Trauma, Cultural Somatics Training & Institute with Resmaa Menakem 

  • Prevention & Treatment of Birth Trauma, Kate White

  • Mindful Self Compassion, Mission Empowerment with Dr. Kristen Neff

  • Movement for Trauma Level One, Jane Clapp

  • Embodied Boundaries: Psychic Boundaries from a Jungian Perspective w Jane Clapp

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills, Peterborough Drug Strategy

  • First Stage Trauma Treatment, Peterborough Drug Strategy​

  • Yoga Teacher Training (200 hour), Balanced Life Yoga

  • Yoga Nidra Teacher Training (60 hour), Sheila Cullen

  • Therapeutic Yoga Techniques for Trauma Survivors, Transcending Trauma with Yoga with Zabie Yamasaki 

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