Cory wants to see children thrive. Through a client centered, emotion focused therapy relationship, Cory works to help kids learn resilience and positive psychology coping skills. Parenting and family relationships are key factors in supporting this learning. Cory believes in creating an environment that offers the right balance of safety and challenge where the child feels empowered to go out in the world and succeed or fail, but either way, be okay.
Cory values exercise, mindfulness, nature, fresh air, sleep and nutrition when looking at the big picture of mental health. She draws on self-regulation theory, positive psychology, and studies on resilience when helping to support the whole person. Cory's formal training includes Psychodynamic, Attachment Theory and Cognitive Behaviour Theory. More recently, Cory has attended training offered through Sick Kids Centre for Mental Health on topics of Self-Regulation, Adaptive Anxiety in Children, Family Trauma, Suicidality and Creative CBT strategies for anxious kids.
She has specialized skills and knowledge in the following areas:
Cory has an undergrad in Psychology from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia and a Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology from University of Western Ontario. For the past 20 years she has worked at George Brown College in the counselling office where she has gained a wealth of experience with a diverse set of clients challenged with complex mental health, issues of LGTBQ identity, study and academic struggles, stress management, and most commonly, depression and anxiety. Cory approaches her clients with warmth and openness to help clients understand themselves and their own emotions. She helps them set goals and consider what they want of themselves. She helps them to develop ways to build self-esteem and discover strategies that help them to find joy and flourish.
As a mom of 4 kids, Cory's biggest priority is nurturing her own kids through conscious parenting actions. Parenting can be so rewarding, but also such a challenge and it is with her experience as a mom and as a counsellor with youth that helps her bridge the disconnect that can so easily exist in families.