A Little About Me
Journeying alongside people who are grieving or with those who have experienced trauma, has been my professional passion for as long as I can remember.
I was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. I attended the University of Alberta where I obtained my Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance in 1991. I married and created my family. I felt the tug to serve the church in a formal capacity, so I studied at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon where I obtained my Master’s of Divinity in 2001. I served Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada congregations in Saskatchewan and Alberta for fifteen years. While serving in the church, I was asked by a Calgary funeral home if I would consider being on their community clergy list. Before I knew it, I was working with seven funeral homes in Calgary as a funeral celebrant. The more grief work I did, the more I realized I needed additional training. I attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA and obtained my Master’s in Counselling in 2011.
Since then I have had the privilege of working as a clinical counsellor and supervisor in suicide bereavement/family support at the Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region; as well as a counsellor/education at Greystone Bereavement Centre – Regina Palliative Care Inc.
I have three adult children, two granddaughters, and three furry family members. I enjoy reading, music, scrapbooking, card making, crocheting, cake decorating, watching hockey, and NCIS!
- Member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, #5321.
- EMDR Basic Certification
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
- Mental Health First Aid
- International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP)
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