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 entrepreneur, writer, therapist, a mother of two young boys, a singer, pianist, and all around lover of the arts! I thrive on being involved in different entrepreneurial, artistic and educational projects. In addition to leading and growing NKS Therapy, I am currently working on two publications: A book of short stories, and a Therapist’s guide to treating survivors of sibling abuse. You may have caught me on YouTube, where my TEDx Talk “Why What We Feel Matters More Than What We Think” 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 was a therapist for over 12 years before leaving clinical practice in 2021 to focus on the growth of NKS. 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 thought leader and recognized authority in the areas of relationships, parenting, and mental health, I have appeared on national US and Canadian television and radio programs, including CBC, Cityline, The Morning Show, Awaken Atlanta, The Agenda, Breakfast Television, Your Morning, CP24, Global News Toronto, and The Morning Show. I have been quoted in The New York Times, The Globe & Mail, Reader’s Digest, Today’s Parent, The Toronto Star, The Huffington Post, and ELLE Magazine, and have been a guest expert on various podcasts.
As a spokesperson I have represented many international brands including L’Oreal Paris, Telus, AMEX, Desjardins, Emirates, Huggies, Field Trip Health, and Hans Dairy. As a Speaker, I have touched thousands of lives by weaving my expertise together with my own personal experiences that 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 have served as a board member for Safeguards for Children, and am passionate about advocating for mental health. I am the recipient of numerous awards, including The Blueprint Award with American Express and The DMZ, and an Award in The Medium Writer’s Challenge for my first short story, A Perfect Boon. In 2016 I created our best-selling journal The Kindness Journal, as a tool for myself, clients, and individuals/families everywhere 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 spend the majority of my time with my two boys, in addition to singing, playing the piano, dancing (often poorly together with them), and writing. When not under restrictions as the result of a global pandemic, I also enjoy playing tennis, doing karate with my sons (I have a black belt in the style of Goju Ryu), and travelling the world.
My mission is to continue to normalize mental healthcare across Canada, connect people to effective, affordable and accessible tools and support, invest in communities and the environment, and to inspire the next generation of counselling therapists in optimally 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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