Kirsten completed her undergraduate education at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she attained her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Minor in Women’s Studies and Anthropology. Following her passion for Psychology, Kirsten began studying at Adler Graduate Professional School, earning her Master of Psychology degree with an additional Certificate in Trauma Psychotherapy.
During her educational years, Kirsten completed a clinical psychology internship at Pine River Institute, a holistic, residential treatment centre for adolescents and young adults.
Kirsten then completed a clinical psychology internship here at Central Ontario Psychology and, upon completion, began her working career.
Kirsten takes a holistic approach to psychotherapy: addressing individual needs, examining elements that influence well-being, and encouraging the exploration of oneself. She believes a strong therapeutic alliance is key to healing and strives to create a space that is safe, non-judgemental, open, and compassionate.
She is involved in supporting adolescents and adults with varying mental health concerns in both assessment and therapeutic domains, with a focus on individuals who have experienced trauma.
Kirsten uses an eclectic approach to psychotherapy and has been trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Hypnotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), and various Trauma-Informed approaches.
Kirsten can also see clients with WSIB, NIHB, and VAC (non-active members).
Kirsten is now registered as a Psychological Associate in Supervised Practice as she completes the final steps towards autonomous practice as a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario. In addition, she is a Registered Psychotherapist. She provides services under the supervision of Dr. Douglas and Dr. Mitchell. For more information about the various professions, click here.