Irene is currently registered as a psychologist within both BC and Alberta, member in good standing with both CPBC (#2299) and CAP (#3691), and completed her professional training in the areas of assessment and counselling. She graduated with an honours degree in Psychology from the University of Victoria in 1995, and with a Masters degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Alberta in 2005. Irene went on to complete coursework in both cross-cultural counselling and play therapy. Her theoretical orientation is primarily cognitive-behavioural therapy. This therapy is based on the idea that our thoughts shape and control our actions or behaviours. When we can examine and understand the way we think, and why we think that way, then we can begin to break down the barriers to changing problematic behaviours and feel more empowered in our lives. CBT is an efficient and change-focused form of therapy and has great clinical success rates.
Irene has over 20 years experience working with at-risk youth, young offenders, children and families in various roles. Her professional and academic interest is in the areas of cognitive disabilities, self-harm, suicide and juvenile delinquency. Throughout her professional career, Irene has counselled children, youth and families on such issues as anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicide, child development, learning disabilities, family conflict, parenting skills, and behavioural concerns. She has also presented workshops to schools and trained professionals and parents on a variety of child development and parenting issues. Irene has in the past delivered numerous health and wellness workshops for various organizations such as PCL, University of Alberta and ATB Financial.
Irene also possesses notable assessment, student support and cross cultural experience, having worked with various Aboriginal student groups at the University of Alberta. She has presented workshops on cross-cultural issues to First Nations and Educational Psychology graduate classes in the Counselling program. Irene provided psycho-educational assessments for the Edmonton Catholic Schools Early Learning programs through the Genesis Centre for many years.
Irene is from a large family, and is a mother to 2 school-aged active boys. Being a parent has provided her with a new level of empathy for the complexity of personal relationships, the importance of having balance and fulfillment in our lives and the need to live our best lives.