I have worked in a number of fields that correlate with the field of counseling. Being the mother of nine children, five that I gave birth to and four that I adopted, I learned a lot from my children about life and people. I have had a number of professions, I feel as though I have reinvented myself many times.
In the 1980’s I worked as a Fashion coordinator for Macys in San Jose California. I dressed professionals and gave workshops on “How to dress for success.” I later left Macys
to become a Real Estate agent. My focus as an agent was to make purchasing a home as stress free as possible for my clients.
Moving back home to Canada in the early 1990’s I decided to open a coffee roasting business, the first in Nanaimo. I had learned how to roast coffee while living in the San Francisco Bay area from an elderly Italian Man who owned a coffee roasting business in San Francisco. When I had to close my Nanaimo business due to an economic downturn, I had to reinvent myself yet again.
So I decided to go back to school and study psychology.
I graduated in 2008 with my undergraduate degree from Vancouver Island University and went on to the University of Victoria for my masters in counseling. It was while I was doing my masters degree that I was introduced to the Gottman method by one of my professors, who felt it was the most effective method of marriage counseling. Upon receiving my Masters degree, I decided to pursue my training under Dr. Gottman in Seattle Wa., completing all the required levels to offer the Gottman method of marriage counseling in my practice.
I have been counseling people since 2003, having initially received training in personal, youth, and couples counseling,
at Nanaimo Family Life Association and then donating my time
as a volunteer counselor, while pursuing my degrees.