Vicki is a passionate member of the Wellkin team! She loves having the opportunity to be invited to take part in supporting change and growth in children, youth, and families in her own community!
Upon graduation from the Psychology program at Wilfrid Laurier University, Vicki took some time to continue studies on Vancouver Island in Social Work before making the decision to plant her roots in Ontario and in the field of Children’s Mental Health as a Child and Youth Worker for the Waterloo Region District School Board. It was within this role that Vicki served as a consultant to teaching staff, community members, as well as families, on understanding how they could meet the mental health needs of students in an education setting by developing strategic behaviour and learning plans to accommodate for students experiencing difficulties at school.
After completing 8 years in this profession, Vicki moved on to her goal of completing her Masters in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University. As a student at Wellkin Child & Youth Mental Wellness, Vicki spent her time learning about the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) program and undertook training to then become a Clinical Therapist who practices from this orientation. It is her passion to work within the group setting alongside youth and their caregivers to guide them in acquiring key skills that can help them to live their best life. It is within this role, that Vicki has the opportunity to also work individually with children, adolescents, and their families, to identify areas of their life where they are looking to make change and to use time in the therapeutic session to weight out the pros and cons of doing things differently either separately, or together. Vicki is passionate about allowing for youth to feel validated in their experiences and struggles and offers a compassionate space for them to explore their concerns.
Vicki continues to grow in her role by connecting with significant community partners to keep the DBT program current, effective, and engaging. As a member of the Wellkin team, she strives to be an active participant in developing not only her skills as a psychotherapist, but also the awareness of mental health throughout the community by taking part in community presentations opportunities whenever possible.