I am a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist (RMFT) with the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (registration # 11388) and have extensive training in individual, marriage and family counselling. RMFTs are highly trained Mental Health Professionals and uniquely qualified Relationship Professionals who have undergone rigorous graduate level training that includes over 1000 hrs of supervised direct therapy with individuals, couples, and families. (To learn more about RMFTs click here. )
As a Clinical Fellow and an Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy I currently supervise other therapists in the Kelowna, BC area who want to become better in providing couple and relationship counselling. My Masters degree is from the University of Guelph in Ontario.
I am a past President of the British Columbia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and continue to be involved in a number of professional activities outside of my counselling office. I helped found and remain a charter director of the Kelowna Family Therapy Learning Circle, an organization that has for 20 years provided education and support to local counsellors as well as provide workshops to the public. More recently I helped establish the Okanagan Learning Circle Institute for Family Therapy in which I have participated as a training facilitator. A career highlight was my participation in a national phone-in radio show, “Peter Warren on the Weekend” until Peter retired. On this show I fielded various counselling topics such as:
- “Where has the Sex Gone”
- “When Kids Won’t Leave Home”
- “Blended Family Issues”
- “So My Partner is Having an Affair”
- “When your Partner Comes out of the Closet”, etc.
I grew up in rural Ontario. After university I worked in northern BC where I met my husband. We have been married over 30 years. As a mom and step mom I have 4 children who are all now young adults. We have made our home for the past 24 years in Kelowna in southern British Columbia. In addition to my family and professional interests I enjoy getting outdoors, travelling and pursuing various creative endeavours.