Theresa is a certified Nova Scotia Counselling Therapist, Ontario Registered Psychotherapist and Play Therapist Supervisor. She is a Death Doula, and soon to be certified Birth Doula.
Theresa began her career in 1983 when she graduated with honours from Humber College's Child and Youth Worker Program.
In 1986 she gained a credential as a Certified Life Skills Coach. She spent the next twenty years working with children and their families in treatment centres, schools and community based programs. She also was the supervisor of a community based adult mental health program until she and her husband began operating group foster homes for the next eight years. She then began working as a Case Manager for a treatment foster care agency. She and her husband were treatment foster parents for almost 30 years.
In 2006 she completed her necessary course work with the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy as well as her Level 1 Theraplay training.
Theresa has also earned a Diploma in General Social Work, Certificate in Child Abuse Awareness, and B.A. in Liberal Arts from the University of Waterloo. In 2009 she obtained a Master's Degree in Counselling Psychology.
In 2008, Theresa was named the Trauma and Loss Clinician of the Year by the National Institute of Trauma and Loss. Her book,Billy had to move: a foster care story was published by Loving Healing Press in Michigan, U.S.A. in 2009.
In 2008, Theresa began to attend an International Study group with therapists from around the world organized by Dr. Charles Schaeffer and in 2010 she became a presenter.
Also in 2010,Theresa completed her sixth level of Sandtray/ Worldplay which is a Nonverbal Therapeutic approach that is effective with children, teens, adults and families.
She also was named Alumnus of distinction by Humber College's School of Community and Social Services.
In the fall of 2010 she was voted President of the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapists and completed her last year in this role in 2015.
She has completed Parent Capacity Assessment Training, Hormone Replacement Letters Training and can complete SAFE home studies(adoption).
In 2016 Theresa completed a Certificate in Thanatology(Death and Dying) and a course in Sacred Dying.
In 2017 she was certified as a Child and Youth Care Practitioner CYC-P with the North American Child and Youth Care Certification Board.
If you are seeking Supervision Hours for certification as a Psychotherapist or a Child Psychotherapist Play Therapist - please contact Theresa at firstname.lastname@example.org. She provides face to face and distance supervision. She loves to provide supervision using a Sandtray Play approach.
Theresa is a Medavie Blue Cross Insurance provider and also accepts cash payments.
Sessions are billed immediately after session occurence on a sliding scale plus applicable taxes. Payment can be made by email transfer.