My Practice

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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 Watch, Wait, and Wonder

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 Disorders of the Self

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.


  • 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

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#212 - 2186 Oak Bay Avenue

Victoria, BC V8R 1G3

Sather Counselling & Consulting Inc. respectfully acknowledges that we live and work within the ancestral and unceded territory of the Lkwungen  People, known today as the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. We offer gratitude to the traditional keepers of these lands, waters, and supernatural ones.

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