Theresa is a certified Canadian Child Psychotherapist and Play Therapist Supervisor. She is also an ordained Minister, a Death Doula, a 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 continue to foster with this treatment foster care agency today.
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.
In 2016 Theresa completing 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, Child Psychotherapist Play Therapist, or Play Therapy Associate- 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.
Therapy is personal and therapy needs to be tailored to the needs of each person. At Changing Steps we believe that this process begins at our Intake meeting. It is your job to be as honest as possible about what has been getting in the way of successful daily living, relationships and your hopes and dreams. This process begins with completing a thorough a social history. You can request these by contacting us on the Contact US page. Then please bring the completed forms to your first appointment. We will then discuss the different approaches that can be used to address your needs. These can include EMDR, many different models of Talk Therapy and Play Therapy. Play Therapy is appropriate for children, teens, adults, families and groups.