who i am
I'm a 45-year-old bald man who grew up in Calgary (with hair, and lots of it), but attended Caronport High School in Saskatchewan, promptly moved to Edmonton, then bounced to Regina to complete a Bachelor of Journalism degree. Following a life-altering fiasco (a story for another time), I walked away from that career and established myself in Medicine Hat, working as a Youth Advocate, during which time I counselled and mentored children in trouble. I became a Family School Liaison Worker (a long title that essentially means "school counsellor") in 2002 with the excellent Prairie Rose School Division, work that I love dearly, though I now supervise those hard-working FSLWs. During the early aughts (I never knew what to call the ten years between 2000 and 2010), I completed a second bachelor's degree, this time in psychology. I then scurried into a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology, which I completed in 2006, then became a registered psychologist later that year.
I've been married alomst 20 years (!), and I'm still madly in love with my bride. I have three kids who could each win your heart in less than a beat, and they daily rock my world. I am living proof it's possible for one man to be wrapped around three different fingers at the same time.
I am a Christian, and hold my faith to be a vital and powerful part of my entire life, including my work as a psychologist. I believe it is my duty to perform my work at my best level, to God's glory.
what i do
Individual assessment and therapy can help children, adolescents, and their families identify and effectively deal with issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, attention deficits, autistic spectrum, developmental difficulties, trauma, achievement and aptitude, grief, parent-child conflict, attachment issues, and separation/divorce.
Often, what I do can be boiled down to simply talking (or, with younger children, playing), engaging in mutual conversations that can help children and families to expand perspective, hope, and happiness. My training and experience can help me bring new ideas and strategies to addressing and alleviating your problems and concerns. With younger children (and older children who are less talkative), play-based therapy offers an engaging and powerful method of communicating and negotiating new directions and avenues for healing.
I believe the helpful effects of therapy depend on the warmth of an authentic relationship between the child and the psychologist. It is my hope that I can work with children, adolescents, and their parents to make life a bit more loveable and liveable.