Over the past 14 years, I’ve had a wide variety of experience in counselling and therapy roles.

I started out my career in the field of Addictions Counselling. I have worked in several treatment centres in Alberta and BC, doing both individual and group work with adult men and women who were experiencing issues with substance abuse and addiction.

During and after completing my Master’s in Counselling and Art Therapy, I did both long and short-term counselling with children, adolescents and their families, as well as couples and individual adults with a large variety of concerns, including burnout, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, identity, trauma, relationships/communication, anger, and behavioural concerns.

I also enjoy community creative work and have facilitated multiple studio art therapy groups, for both children and adults. These groups were held in community spaces and the format was weekly, open, drop-in art-making. I strive to maintain a safe, non-judgemental setting.

Lastly, I’ve always been a creative person. I am a multidisciplinary artist and love making music, visual art, and sound art. The arts (especially music) have always been highly therapeutic for me. I believe humans are inherently creative and almost nothing gets me more excited than helping people connect to their own creativity.

Why Burnout & Compassion Fatigue?

I’ve worked for years in fields with high rates of burnout, compassion fatigue and secondary trauma, as well as with clients who were experiencing the same. I have learned a lot about the difficulty of living and working in highly stressful and overwhelming situations, and gained a deep interest along the way. There are helpful and not so helpful ways to deal with these stressors. Burnout is very personal, and there is no one-size-fits-all reason for why we burn out or why something feels like too much at a certain point. Healing and recovery involve listening closely to your individual needs.

My style of therapy tends to include experiential and sensory based work. I believe these approaches work well for burnout and compassion fatigue, because they introduce a slowing down, provide the overstimulated nervous system with a break, and offer relief from relentless over-thinking. I know first hand the value of engaging the senses and the body, and just how refreshing this can be, even when it seems there is no energy or hope left. In summary, I chose to specialize in burnout and compassion fatigue because it is a natural melding of my therapeutic approaches, interests and experience.


Experience

Registered Psychologist & Art Therapist: Private Practice, Edmonton, AB, May, 2019

Community-Based Child, Family, & Adult Mental Health Therapist. The Family Centre, Edmonton, AB, 2015 - 2018

EAP Child/Youth, Family, Couples, & Adult Mental Health Therapist: The Family Centre, Edmonton, AB, 2015-2018

Clinical Addictions Counsellor (Individual & Group Counselling): Maple Ridge Treatment Centre, Maple Ridge, BC, 2014-2015

Intern Art Therapist (Weekly Studio Art Therapy Group): The Bloom Group, Vancouver BC, 2012-2014

Intern Child Therapist: Strathcona Elementary School, Vancouver, BC, 2012-2013

Addictions Counsellor (Individual and Group Counselling): Harbour Light Treatment Centre, Vancouver, AB, 2011-2012

Addictions Counsellor (Individual & Group Counselling): Henwood Treatment Centre, Edmonton, AB, 2007 - 2010

Intern Addictions Counsellor: Poundmaker’s Lodge, St. Alberta, AB, 2006

Intern Addictions Counsellor: Henwood Treatment Centre, Edmonton, AB, 2005


Education

Master of Counselling: Art Therapy, Athabasca University and Vancouver Art Therapy Institute, 2014

Bachelor of Health Sciences: Addictions Counselling, University of Lethbridge, 2007


Other Training

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Techniques for Attachment and Trauma, Pat Ogden Online Course, 2019

Certificate in Play Therapy Skills, Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute, Calgary, AB, 2018

Brain Story Certification, Alberta Family Wellness Initiative, 2017

Indigenous Cross Cultural Training, The Family Centre, Edmonton, AB, 2017

Certificate of Creativity Coaching, Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching, 2010

Art Classes in Drawing, Sculpture, Painting, Composition, Textile & Fibre Printing and Dyeing, Weaving, 2006 - 2014. Emily Carr Continuing Studies, Vancouver, BC; University of Alberta Continuing Studies, Edmonton, AB; University of Lethbridge, Alberta; Place Des Arts, Coquitlam, BC.


Registrations & Professional Memberships

College of Alberta Psychologists, Registered Psychologist #5146

Canadian Art Therapy Association, Registered Art Therapist

Psychologist’s Association of Alberta, Professional Member


Publications/Projects

Published Article:

Art Therapy Caves: Linking Community Art to a Therapeutic Space, Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal, Volume 30, Issue 1, 2017. By Cora McLachlan.

Art Projects/Installations:

Huggable Lamp Post. Deep Freeze Festival, Edmonton, Alberta, 2017. Fibre sculpture. Collaboration with artist Jessica Culling.

Mix and Match Sound Installation. New Music Edmonton: See You in September or Something, 2016. Interactive cassette tape/field recordings installation. Solo project.

The Listening Cave. Kaleido Festival, Edmonton, Alberta, 2016. Interactive sculpture and sound art installation. Solo project.