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Colleen's Academic Credentials

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Queen's University

Bachelor of Social Work, University of British Columbia

Master of Social Work, Dalhousie University

Further Training

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

Internal Family Systems (IFS)

Satir Transformational Therapy

Emotional Freedom Technique


Colleen has been working as a therapist since 2003.  She is both a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and a Registered Social Worker (RSW) in the province of British Columbia.  She has worked in both private practice and within mental health settings ranging from in-patient psychiatry to community out-patient care.  

She has been one of the main pillars behind a groundbreaking family program that ensures families and friends of those with mental illness receive counselling themselves.  Colleen can be seen in the knowledge network's documentary "Family Matters - Surviving the Bipolar Journey", for which she was also a professional consultant. 

Two of the main foundations for Colleen's approach to therapy are Buddhist Psychology and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.  Buddhist psychology and philosophy are helpful in developing a deeper relationship with one's self and the world.  CBT helps us to refine what we choose to focus on.

Truly, it is in the darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us.

                                        Meister Eckhart

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