My Practice

I have studied extensively, and continue to do so, in the field of play, trauma, attachment, infant and child development, child-parent psychotherapy, relational practice, emergent neuroscience, and somatic therapies. I have studied Holistic Expressive Therapy with Dr. Marie-Jose Dhaese. My interest expanded to early intervention with the Watch, Wait, and Wonder: Infant-led Intervention with Dr. Mirek Lojkasek and Child-Parent Psychotherapy created by Dr. Alicia Lieberman and Dr. Patricia Van Horn. I attended seminars with the luminaries in the field, including Dr. Ed Tronick and Dr. Peter Fonagy, when I completed the Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship Program. I have trained with Dr. Sonya Vellet and Dr. Naomi Gribneau-Bahm in the Adult Attachment Interview Training. I have studied with Dr. Loray Daws in the Masterson’s Object Relations and with Dr. Peter Fonagy and Dr. Anthony Bateman in Mentalization-Based Treatment. I have taken advanced studies with Dr. Allan Schore in the Neurobiology of Development and Affect Regulation and with Dr. Lisa Mortimore in the Advanced Somatic Attachment Psychotherapy: Bringing the Body into Practice. All these training weave together to provide an integrative attachment/relational and somatic-based approach to my practice.


  • Somatic Attachment Psychotherapy: Bringing the Body into Practice Program – Dr. Lisa Mortimore, Victoria, BC.
  • Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Child Trauma Research Program – Dr. Mindy Kronenberg and Dr. Amy Dickson, Jacksonville, FL
  • Adult Attachment Interview Training (Reliabilities in progress) – Dr. Sonya Vellet and Dr. Naomi Gribneau-Bahm, Vancouver, BC
  • Infant-Parent Mental Health Napa Program – Dr. Ed Tronick and Dr. Kristi Brandt, University of Massachusetts Boston.
  • Master of Social Work and Bachelor of Social Work –  University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC


  • BC College of Social Workers (08439)
  • BC Association of Social Workers (1007219)
  • BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (15802)
  • BC Hear the Child Society Roster Member

Contact Dawn

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#212 - 2186 Oak Bay Avenue                    Victoria, BC  V8R 1G3

Home visits may be offered to anywhere in Greater Victoria.

Offering acknowledgement in honour of the Lkwungen people, known today as the Esquimalt and Songhees First Nations