"It is the quality of our understanding ... that provides us with the right method at critical moments." -The Magic Years, Selma Fraiberg

Child-Parent Psychotherapy

I provide psychotherapy for children ages 0 – 18 years of age and their parents. I weave together my trainings, in the field of: play, trauma, attachment, infant and child development, child-parent psychotherapy, relational practice, emergent neuroscience, and somatic therapies to provide an integrative attachment/relational and somatic-based approach to my practice.

I have experience in working with:

  • Trauma, Abuse and Neglect
  • Disrupted and Insecure Attachment
  • Adoption
  • Separation and Divorce
  • Grief and Loss
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Autism and Developmental Disorders

My focus is on using a strength-based approach to promote positive parenting and sensitive discipline.  When we meet, I want you to help me understand you and your child, so I can offer support to achieve the changes you are seeking.  I want to hear about your concerns and hopes for your child. Once information has been gathered, we will make a plan on how to proceed to achieve your goals. Some of the approaches I may suggest are:

Circle of Security Parenting™

 I am trained to facilitate Circle of Security Parenting™ an 8-week program based on decades of research about how secure parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened. The focus is to become more aware of children’s needs for a safe haven, a secure base for exploration, and meeting the child’s needs through relationship.

Watch, Wait and Wonder: Infant-led Intervention

 I have completed Watch, Wait and Wonder: Infant-led Intervention developed by Elisabeth Muir, Mirek Lojkasek, and Nancy J. Cohen. Watch, Wait and Wonder is a dyadic infant/child-led approach to problems in infancy and early childhood.  The parent follows the infant/child’s lead in the play, then the parent and therapist engage in a reflective discussion of the parent observations and experience.

Child-Parent Psychotherapy

 I have completed Child-Parent Psychotherapy training and rostering is in progress. Child-Parent Psychotherapy developed by Alicia Lieberman and Patricia Van Horn is an evidenced-based intervention designed to repair the behavioral and emotional problems of infants, toddlers and preschoolers whose most intimate relationships are disrupted by experiences of maltreatment, violence and trauma.


I offer a free 20-minute phone consultation. 

Regular 60-minute session is $130.00. Sessions may be provided via secure video ONCALL platform, phone or in-person office.

I am a registered vendor for the following insurers:

• First Nations Health Authority
• Crime Victim Assistance Program
• Green Shield of Canada
• SSQ Financial Group.

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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.