have been a family and individual therapist for twenty years. At present,
my clients include those coming from Employee Assistance programs
and private referrals. My experience includes working with women’s
issues, trauma, abuse, marriage and families, adolescents, grief and
illness. I also have considerable experience in therapeutic group
work, organizational change, and individual and group supervision.
This year, I recently completed a course in Ontological Life Coaching
with the Newfield Institute in Boulder, Colorado. (www.newfieldnetwork.com).
This form of coaching allows us to look at the kind of observers that
we are, seeing the colored glasses we use to view the world. By means
of ontological coaching, we can make visible what is seemingly transparent
to ourselves. Our habits and patterns become so familiar that we cannot
see how they might be keeping us from engaging our most powerful energies.
Working with our body, speech, minds and emotions, ontological coaching
is a very powerful tool for making changes in our lives or deepening
the experience of how we live our own lives and are helpful to others.
Ontological coaching can be accessed in person, individually or in
groups or by regularly scheduled phone appointments.
As a part of my coaching practice, I am also engaged in work that
sustains my own passion—working with horses also as a means for deepening
our knowledge of ourselves and our world. In concert with an equine
specialist, I am creating an environment so that we may experience
the presence of horses as mirrors and metaphors for our own lives.
This work can be done individually or in groups. Since most of the
work happens on the ground, no riding experience is necessary. The
location is in River John, Nova Scotia, about 40 minutes north of
Truro. I have found this work to be extremely powerful in cutting
through habitual patterns and energy blocks that may not surface in
a typical therapist-client environment. The feedback from horses is
instantaneous and on-the-spot. Often we can absorb major learning
in the pasture that may take months in an office situation.
Credentials: Masters in Social Work from Dalhousie University
in Halifax, Nova Scotia and a Masters in Counselling from Acadia University
in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. As a registered social worker, I am covered
by many insurance plans.