Following an Honours Degree in Psychology in 1978, I completed a Master's Degree in Social Work at the University of Toronto. Upon graduation I was employed at Toronto East General Hospital in the Department of Psychiatry where I furthered my passion for understanding human suffering through the systems in which they are embedded. Through post graduate training and externships, I earned my registration as a Marriage and Family Therapist and Approved Supervisor with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy(www.aamft.org). I was on the Board of the Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (www.oamft.com) from 1988-1996 and was President Elect, President and Past President for six of those years.
Working at the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health during the 1980's as an individual, group and family therapist, I developed my knowledge and experience with individuals and families experiencing particular challenges with mental health and addiction issues. I was then hired as the Clinical Director of Addiction Services for York Region where I worked with an interprofessional team of talented and creative clinicians for sixteen years. Along with students from all the major universities and colleges in Ontario, we developed and provided individual, couple, family and group treatments across the Region of York. During this time I also started a private practice at the Richmond Hill Medical Centre. During the first decade of the new millennium, I completed my registration as a Sex Therapist with Bestco, the Board of Examiners in Sex Therapy and Counselling in Ontario ( www.bestco.info) and sex therapy continues to be a focus of my work.