What is your role within COAST?
Supplementary/relief filling in for Jeremy
Tell us about your career – how long you have been in your profession and/or with your current organization?
I am a Registered (Qualifying) Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. I graduated with my master’s in counselling psychology. After completing a student placement in Crisis Assessment in 2017, I began working full time at Stabilization Space after graduating, and transitioned to working at the Crisis Centre as a crisis assessment worker from last year – present.
What interested you about working on the COAST team?
My interest in working for the team was sparked by my front line work in crisis assessment, hearing many individuals’ stories around traumatizing experiences with law enforcement
What benefits do you hope this program will provide to the community and to vulnerable populations?
Hoping to promote a more trauma-informed approach to supporting individuals with mental health needs who also interact with police and emergency services
What do you do to support your own mental health and wellness?
Spending time with my cat, listening to music, exercise, and shameful reality television