University Education:

Employment History:

  • Clinical Social Worker:  Private Practice, Wellington, NS:  2003−present
  • Clinical Social Worker:  Choices (IWK), Halifax, NS (part-time):  2007−2008
  • Clinical Social Worker:  Private Practice (Emmrys, Dawe, Bates & Associates), Moncton, NB: 1998−2007
  • Family Therapist:  Family Service Moncton, Moncton, NB:  1989−1998
  • Clinical Social Worker:  Nova Scotia Commission on Drug Dependency, Halifax, NS: 1988−1989
  • Social Worker:  Department of Social Services, Dartmouth, NS:  1988−1989
  • Clinical Social Worker:  Private Practice, Halifax, NS:  1984−1988
  • Social Worker:  The Nova Scotia Hospital, Dartmouth, NS:  1982−1984
  • Social Worker:  Eastern Quebec Regional School Board, Quebec City, Quebec:  1980−1982
  • Social Worker:  IWK Hospital for Children, Halifax, NS:  1974−1978
  • Director:  Halifax Jewish Pre-school, Halifax, NS:  1979

Counselling Skills:

  • Provide treatment to individuals, couples and families in my private practice
  • Application of Modern Psychoanalysis
  • Specialization in the treatment of couples (Certified Imago Relationship Therapist)
  • Specialization in the treatment of survivors of abuse and trauma
  • Specialization in the treatment of dissociative disorders
  • Consultant for professionals treating survivors of abuse as well as dissociative disorders
  • Provided treatment in outpatient drug treatment centre in a family service agency, at The Nova Scotia Hospital and the IWK Hospital for Children
  • Conducted family and individual assessments in a variety of clinical settings
  • Organized and co-facilitated groups for female and male survivors of incest and sexual abuse
  • Provided treatment for incestuous families
  • Provided treatment for perpetrators
  • Organized and led groups for hospitalized adult psychiatric patients
  • Organized and led groups for children and adolescents exhibiting socialization problems
  • Organized and led groups for children at the IWK Hospital for Children

Presentations, Teaching and Supervision:

  • Paper Presentation: "Working with Adolescents and Their Challenging Caregivers", International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation Annual Conference, Montreal, Quebec, 2011 
  • Presentation: “Introduction to Dissociation”, National CASW Conference, Halifax, NS, 2006
  • Presentation: “Dissociative Disorders Psychotherapy Training Program”, International Society for the Study of Dissociation Conference, Toronto, 2005
  • Presentation: “Group Process for Survivors of Sexual Abuse”, National CASW Conference, Moncton, NB, 2002
  • Presentations to groups on “Treatment for Survivors of Sexual Abuse”
  • Presentations to professionals on “Transference and Countertransference Issues”
  • Supervised 4th year social work students, Université de Moncton, Moncton, NB
  • Developed and taught undergraduate course: “Counselling and Psychotherapy”, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
  • Taught course module: “Introduction to Sexual Abuse Intervention”
  • Trained hospice volunteers
  • Supervised, trained and evaluated staff at the IWK Hospital for Children

Additional Professional Training:

  • Encounter-centered Couples Therapy, Hedy Schleifer, Miami, Florida:  2013
  • Modern Psychoanalysis; The Center for Group Studies; New York, NY, USA:  2010-2013
  • One-Year Program in Psychoanalysis; Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, Boston, MA, USA:  2009-2010
  • Logosynthesis Therapy (Level I, Level II) and Master Class Halifax, NS:  2008-2009
  • New Center for Advanced Psychotherapy Studies (NCAPS); New York, NY, USA:  2007-2010
  • CFQ Level One, Healing Qigong Society of Atlantic Canada:   Halifax, NS:  2006
  • Whole Body Energy Psychotherapy:  2006
  • Advanced Dissociative Disorders Psychotherapy Training Program:  2006
  • American Social Work Board Item Writer:  2005
  • Advanced Singles Training: Imago Relationship Therapy; Toronto, ON:  2005
  • Characterological Growth: Imago Relationship Therapy:  2004
  • Working With Deeply Wounded Couples: Imago Relationship Therapy:  2004
  • Co-facilitating Imago Workshops for Couples:  2004-present
  • Conferences: Imago Relationship Therapy:  2004-present
  • Dissociative Disorders Psychotherapy Training Program:  2002-2003
  • Imago Relationship Clinical Training, Certified Therapist:  2002
  • Hypnosis training (ASCH & Canadian Federation of Clinical Hypnosis); Halifax, NS:  2000-present
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Levels I and II:  1999
  • Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor (PBSP); Franklin, NH, USA:  1997
  • Conferences: International Society for the Study of Dissociation, and other conferences on the treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder:  1995-present
  • Conferences: Advances in the Treatment of Survivors of Abuse and Trauma:  1994-1996
  • Course: “Chemical Dependency”; Nova Scotia Commission on Drug Dependency, Halifax, NS:  1988
  • Course: “Adolescence”; Atlantic Child Guidance Centre, Halifax, NS:  1983-1985
  • Course: “Externship in Structural/Strategic Family Therapy”; Atlantic Child Guidance Centre, Halifax, NS:  1983-1984
  • Course: “Structural Family Therapy Training”, Level II; Atlantic Child Guidance Centre, Halifax, NS:  1983
  • Program for Continuing Education; Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, MA, USA:  1977, 1983
  • Training Program for Hospice Volunteers; Victoria General Hospital, Halifax, NS:  1982

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