Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am originally from Sparwood, B.C., but have lived in Lethbridge since 2003. I wanted to be a psychologist ever since taking my first psychology class in 2000; I find the human mind fascinating! I started off my post-secondary journey at Mount Royal College (now Mount Royal University). I transferred to the U of L and graduated with a BA in psychology in 2005. I took a few years off to get experience in the human services field working at Big Brothers Big Sisters, Canadian Mental Health Association, and Harbour House. I started my MEd in counselling psychology at the U of L in 2007. Before working at the U of L, I worked at Lethbridge Family Services and Lethbridge College. I am also a co-owner of Lethbridge Counselling Services.

How long have you been at the U of L and what do you do here?
I have been at the University for seven years and work in the counselling department as a psychologist. I provide counselling to students one-on-one, in groups and take on a masters-level counselling intern most years. I also offer workshops as needed on campus and am trained to offer mental health first aid.  I am primarily a generalist, but have specialized training in obsessive compulsive disorder, trauma, ADHD and supervision.

What’s the best part of your job?
I love working at the U of L and I am so proud to be an alumna; I had such a great experience here. I love the beginning of the fall semester when the students arrive back (when we were in person). There is such a buzz in the air; it’s so exciting. We also have a great team at counselling services and I enjoy going to work every day.

With the mental health first aid course coming up next week, what advice do you have for anyone who may be concerned about their own mental health or that of a loved one?
One of the most challenging parts of the pandemic is the decease in social connection. If you are concerned about your own mental health, I encourage you to reach out. It can feel so good to connect with someone and share your experience. If you are concerned about a loved one, try to approach them and share what you are worried about with them. Just opening up a conversation with a trusted support can make a huge difference. I also of course recommend reaching out to a counsellor for additional support.