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Life isn't about finding yourself.
Life is about creating yourself.

 ~ George Bernard Shaw                                                                        

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

~ Albert Einstein                                                                        
Here is some information about me, my clinical, professional and academic experience, which might help you decide whether or not you think you would enjoy working with me.


• I am a registered psychologist, member of the OPQ (Ordre des
  psychologues du Québec

• Since 1986, I have practiced therapy with children, adolescents,
  adults, couples and families in school, hospital and mental
  health clinic settings

• I have been in private practice since 1999

• I have expertise in the Systemic (Family Therapy), Cognitive-
  Behavioural, and Brief Solution-Focused therapeutic approaches


• I spent seven years with an internal Employee Assistance
  Program (EAP) for a large bank, where I coached managers and
  employees on stress management, team dynamics, conflict
  resolution, Emotional Intelligence, and adapting to organizational

• I am trained in psychotraumatology and CISD (Critical Incident
  Stress Debriefing)

• I use the StressMap©, the MBTI© , and the Thomas-Kilman
  Conflict Mode Instrument©

• I am accredited to administer, interpret and teach the MBTI©
  (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator©), a questionnaire which helps
  clarify Psychological Type and which can be a useful tool with
  individuals as well as with couples, families and professional

O Earth, Turn!

The little blessed Earth that turns
Does so on its own concerns
As though it weren't my home at all;
It turns me winter, summer, fall
Without a thought of me.

I love the slightly flattened sphere,
Its restless, wrinkled crust's my here,
Its slightly wobbling spin's my now
But not my why and not my how:
My why and how are me.

~ George Johnston       

• I am a faculty lecturer in the M.Sc. (Applied) program in Couple & Family Therapy at McGill University.

• I was on the faculty of the well-respected Couple and Family Therapy Training Program at the Jewish General Hospital
  where I lectured on family therapy themes and supervised postgraduate students

• I present conferences and workshops to parents, teachers, and professional groups on such themes as Managing Stress
  and Transition
, Conflict Resolution, Communication, Emotional Intelligence, and Appreciating Differences (see Conferences)

• In the past, I taught university classes, in both English and French, at Bishop’s University (Family Dynamics and Therapies, The Psychology of Human Sexuality) and at the Université de Montréal (Family Intervention, Social Adaptation Difficulties in Context, Intervention with the School-Aged Child)


• Doctorate in psychology, Université de Montréal, 1999.
           Doctoral dissertation:
Mother-son interactions predictive of high parentification self- reported by adolescent sons

• Masters degree in psychology, Université de Montréal, 1986
           Masters thesis:
A critical review of preschool social withdrawal intervention through symbolic modeling

• B.S. summa cum laude in psychology, Oklahoma Christian University of Science and Arts, 1981


. . . and when I’m not working, I enjoy such pursuits as distance running (Ultramarathon, Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 10k distances), wilderness canoeing and camping, music, and ongoing personal growth and learning, generally through digging into books and websites. I also love to hang out with my two teenage sons, Seth and Zachary.

If you want to know me better, please visit my blog, "MORE DAY TO DAWN . . ."

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couple therapy, family therapy, individual therapy with adolescents, children, cognitive-behavioural approach/ CBT, systemic approach, brief solution-focused approach