I realized I wanted to become a social worker at the young age of 18. I had just finishing spending the summer as a staff member at a community overnight camp, where I worked with under-privileged youth.
That summer changed my life forever. I realized how much I enjoy helping those who are struggling.
By listening attentively, and really getting to know others personally, I am able to suggest ways in which a change in attitude or a change in one's perspective could help one see life with more optimism and confusion with more clarity.
Since that epic summer, I insured that both my educational and work related experience all enabled me to take one more step forward toward becoming a registered social worker.
With many university years behind me, and over 25 years of work experience, I became qualified to provide effective counseling designed to foster change and healing.
I have an active private counseling practice in Toronto, where I help both individuals and couples learn ways to cope with their life stressors without being overwhelmed by them.
I currently sit on the advisory board for Brave the Waves, books and programs on resiliency for middle school students and their families, and am a counselor actively involved with Good Grief Bereavement Healing Services. And most recently, I have joined the team at BRIA where I provide to BRIA's clients both individual and couples' counseling as well as consultations with fertility clients who are using a third party to grow their family.
My work is grounded in the profound appreciation of individual strengths and in the belief of the resiliency of the human spirit.
My own personal experience with infertility has made me exceptionally passionate about helping others cope as they too struggle to have their family.
My husband and I spent many years trying to have our own children. We too suffered through many losses, long periods of unknowns, and the fear that we would never become parents.
The stress of infertility can take a toll on a relationship, on intimacy, and can completely wear one down emotionally.
The combination of my education, my training and my personal life journey, has allowed me to successfully help my clients struggling with infertility to maintain their personal relationships, and learn to manage their own stressors without being debilitated by them.
In addition to counseling those clients on their fertility journey, I also work closely with several Toronto area Fertility Clinics where I provide psychosocial consultations for their patients who are using third party donations.