Sydney obtained her Masters of Education degree in Counselling Psychology at the University of Lethbridge. Additionally, Sydney completed her Bachelor of Arts degree – majoring in psychology through the University of British Columbia Okanagan in Kelowna.
Sydney worked alongside adolescent and youth populations experiencing sexual traumas as a student therapist in a practicum placement within her Masters. Her various past volunteer and work-related experiences involve high-risk and vulnerable populations, children and adults with disabilities, substance use, and relevant mental health supports.
Sydney values communication, growth, and vulnerability. These values are present within her interpersonal relationships and vocational tasks. Sydney strives to establish safety within her sessions and encourages notions regarding accountability with her clients.
Sydney utilizes an integrative approach to counselling as she continually refines her therapeutic modalities in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy, and person-centered therapy. Additionally, Sydney is currently completing her Basic Training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. Sydney can integrate EMDR with her clients at present when needed.
Sydney is also being trained in various psychological assessments including parenting and functional assessments. Currently, Sydney is conducting Section B screens for those who have been in a motor vehicle accident. Sydney is eager to build upon her skills within administering assessments.
The challenges Sydney provides counselling services for include:
- Communication and Conflict Resolution
- Domestic Violence
- Eating Disorders
- Emotion Regulation
- Grief and Loss
- Identity Concerns
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Relationship Concerns
- Self-Esteem and Self-Compassion
- Sexual Abuse
- Stress Management
- Trauma and PTSD