I founded NKS Therapy out of a passion for helping people create healthier, happier lives, through teaching them how to take control of their mental health. We all have the power to increase emotional fitness and choose our actions, navigating life in the directions we wish to take it. I set about creating a destination in NKS where people could not only work through and heal from the pain of their past, but also acquire the knowledge and tools to create a happy and fulfilling future.
I’m an award-winning clinic owner and writer, counselling therapist, a mother of two young boys, and lover of fitness and the arts! I thrive on being involved in different entrepreneurial, artistic and educational projects. In addition to my work with NKS Therapy, in the Media, and as a Speaker, I am currently working on a book of short stories. I also gave a TEDx Talk “Why What We Feel Matters More Than What We Think” which has gained over 300,000 views.
I achieved my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with California Southern University, my Master’s degree in Clinical Counselling from Johns Hopkins University, and my Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University. I have practiced as a counselling therapist for over 14 years. During my clinical career I have had the privilege of supporting the mental health needs of thousands of children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families in the provision of both counselling and assessment services. I have contributed my efforts and knowledge to academic research and publication and have been invited to present my work at Harvard University, The University of Maryland, and Johns Hopkins University.
As a recognized expert in mental health, relationships, and parenting, I have appeared on a wide variety of US and Canadian television and radio programs, and in print, including CBC, Cityline, The Morning Show, Awaken Atlanta, The Agenda, Breakfast Television, Your Morning, CP24, Global News Toronto, Your Morning, The New York Times, The Globe & Mail, Reader’s Digest, Today’s Parent, The Toronto Star, The Huffington Post, ELLE Magazine, and various podcasts.
As a spokesperson I have represented well known brands including L’Oreal Paris, Telus, AMEX, Desjardins, Emirates, Huggies, Field Trip Health, and Hans Dairy. As a Speaker, I enjoy blending my knowledge in the field of mental health together with my own personal experiences to help me connect with people, and help people connect to the importance of taking control of their emotions and mental health. My style is to tell a Story.
I am passionate about mental health education and advocacy. I regularly engage in teaching, training, and mentorship, and previously served as a board member for Safeguards for Children. NKS Therapy is a recipient of The Blueprint Award with American Express and The DMZ, and in 2021 I received an Award in The Medium Writer’s Challenge for my first short story, A Perfect Boon. In 2016 I created The Kindness Journal, as a tool for individuals and families to practice kindness and self-care.
I’m proud to be a therapist who also engages in the therapy process myself, so I can explore my own emotions and analyze my reactions to things. When I make time for self-care, I am always a better leader, therapist, and human as a result.
I love to spend time with my husband and two boys, in addition to singing, playing the piano, dancing (often poorly together with them), and writing. I also enjoy playing tennis, reading and travelling.
My mission is to continue to normalize mental healthcare across Canada, connect people to effective and accessible support, and to inspire the next generation of counselling therapists in serving the mental health needs of Canadians. You can read more about me here.
Out beyond Right and Wrong, there is a field. I will meet you there. – Rumi
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