After I graduated from the Royal Victoria School of Nursing associated with McGill University Medical School, Montreal, Quebec, I continued my higher education during the seventies while living in Los Angeles in Southern California. I earned a doctorate degree in 1987 and practiced for the next decade in Northern California. Later I returned to Canada in 1997 and began to travel to northern British Columbia as well as work in the Lower Mainland. Please refer to my curriculum vitae below for the details.
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology
“The influence of perceived family adaptability and cohesion of delinquent adolescents and their parents: An application of the circumplex model.”
California School of Professional Psychology, 1987
M.A., Clinical Psychology (Child and Family Major)
California School of Professional Psychology, 1977 – 1979
B.A., Psychology, Cum Laude
University of Southern California, 1971 – 1975
Registered Nursing Certificate
McGill University, 1964 – 1967
Sechelt, Sunshine Coast of BC (previously West Vancouver)
Feb 2005 – present
Contract Psychologist with Wilson, Banwell and Associates
Service provider with Employee Assistance Programs – individual, couple, family psychotherapy and assessments.
Feb 1997 – Oct 2006
Kuwait/Dalhousie Physiotherapy And Rehabilitation Project
Psychological assessments and treatment of Kuwaiti adults, children and families with debilitating genetic, chronic diseases. Workshop presentations on psychological treatment of recovering stroke and cardiac patients.
Oct 1999 – Jun 2000
Private Practice and Forensic Consultation
Individual, couple, family psychotherapy; custody and access reports; sexual abuse assessments; expert testifying.
Jan 1997 – Present
Manager, Sunshine Coast Home Support Services
Chapman House (six bed group home) for mentally ill adults and chronic short term.
Jun 1997 – Dec 1997
Staff Psychologist, California Department of Corrections
Responsible for individual and group therapy, forensic assessments, treatment team program implementation; court testifying.
1991 – June 1996
Clinical Supervisor, Child and Family Institute
Colleagues: Sandra K. Baker, LCSW; James Chambers, Ph.D., Program design and implementation; supervision of Master’s Degree therapists; child, adolescent, adult, couple, family group psychotherapy; victims of sexual abuse; psychological evaluations and forensics.
1990 – 1991
Staff Psychologist, Stockton Development Centre
Supervising Colleagues: Eric Nelson, Ph.D. Developmentally delayed and dual diagnosed adults and adolescents, court testifying, program development and implementation, education and psychotherapy, psychological evaluations.
1989 – 1990
Post-Doctoral Internship, El Dorado County Community Mental Health Clinic
Supervisor: Phil Middleton, Ph.D. Individual crises, family, couple and child psychotherapy. Some community consultation.
1987 – 1988
Pre-Doctoral Internship, Glendale Family Service Association
Supervisor: John Curtis, Ph.D. Individual, group, couple and family psychotherapy.
1986 – 1987
Registered Nurse, Department of Juvenile Detention and Probation
Administration of medicines, health education (i.e. birth control counseling, nutrition, acne control). Supervisor on weekends, emergency response.
Pre-Doctoral Internship, Tri-City Community Clinic
Supervisor: Todd Burley, Ph.D. Family and adolescent program.
1980 – 1981
Pre-Doctoral Internship, Metropolitan State Hospital
Supervisor: William Blau, Ph.D. Individual and group psychotherapy in with inpatient psychotic adults (both genders) ages 18 to 65.
1979 – 1980
Pre-Doctoral Internship, Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre
Supervisor: Hermine Kovacs, M.A. Psychoeducational therapy program, individual and family psychotherapy, latency age children with emotional and learning programs.
1978 – 1979
Pre-Doctoral Internship, Pasadena Adult Guidance Clinic
Supervisor: Clyde Congdon, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist. Individual psychotherapy with adults, ages 19 to 55.
1977 – 1978
Part-time Charge Nurse, Various Convalescent Hospitals in Los Angeles, CA
Greenwich Village, New York City
Lived “communally” with a group of professionals including medical internists and psychiatrists, students and their families. Joined “think tank” to develop proposal seeking state/federal funding for methadone maintenance and drug treatment clinic (“The Door”).
1970 – 1971
Was supportive and instrumental in developing the first free Clinic in Montreal to deal with vulnerable youth who had “dropped out” and become part of the 1960’s Counter Culture Movement. Services included an informal Drop-in Centre for “rap” groups, birth control counseling, sex education and drug abuse counseling.
1967 – 1968
Staff Registered Nurse, Royal Victoria Hospital, McGill University
Cardiac Care Unit. Responsible for monitoring patients pre and post-cardiac arrest, interpreting ECGs, administering medication and supervising personnel.
Social Capital and Sustainable Development
Western College of Criminology
18th Annual Conference, “Family systems perspective on abuse reactive offending.”
Forensic Mental Health Association of California
16th Annual Conference, “Treatment as an alternative to prosecution of intra familial child sexual abuse offenders.”
WINTU Intensive Treatment Program
Department of Youth Authority, Sacramento, CA, “Sexual abuse of the child.” (Staff training)
English; written and oral French (working knowledge)
The healing process begins from the very first moments of meeting your therapist. It’s important for you to experience a feeling of safety as if you were talking to your best friend. Trusting in yourself is a key factor; if this becomes your experience in our first meeting, follow that inner guide.
I believe in a holistic mind/body approach in the healing of psychological, emotional and spiritual illness and continue to integrate the most recent knowledge from neuroscience research in brain function and mindfulness practices. I work with adult clients (19 years of age and older) and offer individual psycho-therapeutic sessions at my practice in Sechelt. I have worked with individuals, couples and families in various communities in British Columbia through employee family assistance programs and welcome all different ethnic backgrounds, genders and sexual orientation. Please contact me to discuss whether I can help with your issues or concerns, and when you can make an appointment.