I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Dean’s List, University of British Columbia, 1999) and a Masters Degree in Psychology (Antioch University, Seattle, 2001).
I am a registered clinical member of the BC Marriage & Family Therapy Association (2005), the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy & the B.C. Association of Clinical Counselors (2002) (of which I am a Regional Representative). I am also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (2014) and a member of The International Coach Federation. My office over-looks English Bay in Dundarave Village in West Vancouver. I coach couples and individuals.
I have 35 years of experience working in the area of health care, family development, and family life transition. My early professional career included working as a health & fitness director for the YM/YWCA in New Westminster BC. During my parenting years in 1982, I developed one of the first ever women’s pre & postnatal fitness programs called the Mom & Me Network. I have two adult children: a son who is a lawyer for Dumoulin Black LLP and a daughter who is a Chartered Accountant, Controller for Atlantic Gold Corporation. I also have two stepchildren with my husband, UBC Law Professor Joe Weiler.
In addition to my private counseling practice, I often give public presentations, offer lunch & learns for program facilitators and corporations, government organizations, professional associations and non profit organizations on a full range of topics relating to successful strategies to thrive in your career and BE a wise heart.
The programs that I have developed and delivered in the area of work life balance include subjects that relate to my own lifestyle specializations, including managing stress to engage a loving life, sleep A’s to Z’s, emotional literacy and communication at work, and relationship building in a work team environment. I have written numerous columns about these subject areas for academic journals, periodicals magazine & newspapers. I am currently writing a book on the ways we can keep love up and stress down. I published Break-Up Breakthrough & Learning to Love Again in 2014.
I am trained in Bowen Family Systems Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, Existential Therapy, and was trained by Harville Hendrix in the Imago Couples Therapy model.
My specialization during my Masters Degree in Psychology was in Marriage & the Family. I did my professional internship work for Family Services of the North Shore.
I also have my Level 2 EMDR certification. I am an active clinical member of BCACC, BCAMFT, AAMFT, ICF, Psychology Today, Goodtherapy.org, BC Therapists, Your Tango, & World Wide Who’s Who.
I am dedicated to serving my community through supporting projects for local non-profits such as Dress For Success, the Vancouver Aquarium, the Kay Meek Center, the West Van Community Center, and had a leadership role in funding raising and creating greater awareness and community engagement on the North Shore for capacity-building projects for women in Ethiopia through the Canadian-based charity Partners In The Horn of Africa.
I was a volunteer board member for XYBoom, a multi-generational non-profit organization that fosters multi-generational collaboration in the workplace (2012 – 2014). I was awarded by my professional association for Distinguished Service to BCACC (2016). I was a volunteer coordinator for the Counsellor Cafe for BCACC (2014 – 2016) an educational symposia for Counsellors in this region, and I am an active member of the Division 4 Regional Counsel.
Family, Community, Caring, Play and Whole Hearted Living are core values that come first for me every day.
I also love to run, and play tennis. Together with my daughter Ashley, I ran the New York City Marathon in 2008, and Maui Marathon in 2009, and with a girl friend the BMO Vancouver half in 2013 & 2014, & 2015. My other passions include skiing, cycling, bocce, dancing and photography.
In the present moment you might even transform the past.
– Thich Nhat Hanh