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I've come full circle.


Penniless and passionate I put myself through my first degree in social work. My second degree I did while living away from my husband, and my third was the same, but also solely caring for our two young boys.


I became who I thought I should be, only to leave most of that "me" behind.


I was born in the Philippines and moved to Canada in my teens. As outlined in my book, life hadn't come easy. It took a while to understand how events in my past led to the depression I hid from the world, then it took even longer to come to terms with the effects of loss, heartache, and deep wounds that hadn't healed.

Pain. Triumph. Resilience.

Before I lost everything, I found someone I could trust, and committed to the healing vulnerably and wholeheartedly. When I fully embodied what I'd been helping others with for decades, I found the REAL me, along with the best part of me I'd never met!

I live in Ottawa with my husband of 30 years. Our brilliant and full of life sons are living life large.

Smart stuff!

Doctoral Degree (PhD), Clinical Research, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB

Thesis: What makes strong Canadian military couple strong?

Master of Social Work Degree (MSW), Clinical Stream, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB

Thesis: Conjoint counselling for spouse abuse couples :a systemic approach.

Bachelor of Social Work Degree (BSW), Ryerson University, Toronto, ON


Peer-reviewed sole author in the Clinical Social Work Journal.

Clinical Assessment of Canadian Military Marriages


Basic and advanced training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT).


Over 30 years of clinical practice, relationship expert, strengths and resilience based.

Worked in multiple levels of government including municipal, provincial and federal.

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