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)
  • Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (837479)
  • BC Hear the Child Society Roster Member

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

Providing Virtual Somatic Counselling for Adults residing in British Columbia and Ontario. 

I respectfully acknowledge that I live and work within the ancestral and unceded territory of the Lkwungen people, known today as the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. I offer gratitude to the traditional keepers of these lands, waters, and supernatural ones.