Hi, I’m Pam!
I am a Registered Psychotherapist and a Registered Social Worker who graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Masters of Social Work degree. Additionally, I have a Masters of Arts degree in Leadership from the University of Guelph. My undergraduate studies include Social and Political Thought and Social Development Studies. Before that, I completed a diploma in Drug and Alcohol Counselling and Indigenous Studies at Northern College. Most of my early research and field practice has focused on Addictions and Concurrent Disorders.
Since beginning clinical practice over 15 years ago, I have worked with a wide range of clients and developed expertise in a variety of areas including; supporting high-conflict couples, families experiencing divorce/separation, adolescents and adults who are living with concerns related to mental health and/or addiction and people impacted by various forms of trauma.
I feel very blessed to have had many skilled and dedicated supervisors over the years who have helped me grow and learn as a therapist and as a person, as such I have a deep desire to give back and love to help other therapists to improve their skills and practice through clinical supervision. I am a certified clinical supervisor and enjoy mentoring, supervising and coaching the clinical practice of other therapists.
I draw from a range of evidenced-based therapeutic modalities including: Narrative Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. I have completed intensive training in Emotionally Focused Couples Counselling, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Trauma Informed Practice, Motivational Interviewing, Clinical Supervision and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. I am a lifelong learner and is always interested in keeping up with the latest research in my profession.
I recognize how much courage and determination it takes to reach out and begin therapy. With a gift for highlighting strengths and resiliency, my clients often comment on my ability to help them feel understood and empowered to make changes and overcome obstacles. I am skilled in helping people come to recognize what factors are within their control and guiding them in a direction that creates lasting changes in their lives. I have experience working with individuals, couples, and families through various concerns such as unhealthy relationship dynamics, abuse, mental health, grief & loss, infidelity & trust, trauma, addiction, life transitions, shame & guilt, identity formation & exploration, chronic pain or illness, and personal growth.
When working with clients, I am very warm and open and bring my authentic, fun-loving self to the therapy process. I regularly offer my insight and thoughts in a way that allows people to explore different perspectives and ideas. I eagerly seek out client feedback and believe that exploring anything that comes up during the therapeutic process is important in creating lasting change.
After growing up in a Military family and moving around a lot I have been settled in the Kitchener-Waterloo area for over 20 years. I am a busy mom with an active lifestyle. I enjoy cooking, reading, playing with my children (including my dog) and spending time with my family and friends.