Most of my services can be offered both in-person (client’s home or public space) and virtually, or a mixture. 

If services do take place in-person, COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed, including mask wearing and physical distancing when appropriate. 

As of December 2021, I am fully vaccinated and boosted. I am currently only working in-person with families where all adults are fully vaccinated (children can be vaccinated or not). This boundary is to keep all of my clients safe, particularly those who are too young to be vaccinated or are immunocompromised. I appreciate your consideration and understanding! 

For many years I classified my role as a nanny and/or babysitter. Once establishing my educational foundation, those titles no longer seemed fitting for the type, variety, and quality of services I provide to families. You may notice that my services do not include ‘nannying’ or ‘babysitting’ however I do provide engagement and care for both infants and young children. This engagement and care is of high quality with a constant focus on your child’s mental health and healthy development, including interactions and activities to support this.
The foundations of all domains of human development are laid in the first several years of life. Basic to healthy development are the capacities to love, to feel, to develop a sense of self, and to adapt to one’s environment. Infant mental health is the social and emotional well-being of the very young child in the context of family relationships, beginning at birth and extending through the preschool years.

For more info: 10 Things You Should Know About Infant Mental Health
As an Infant Mental Health Specialist, it is important for me to clearly outline my scope of practice and what I am and am not able to provide. As of April 2020, as an IMH Specialist, I am able to provide basic assessment and screening for developmental, behavioural, and/or mental health concerns. This assessment is NOT a diagnostic tool, nor can I diagnose any disorders or provide ‘treatment’. I am not trained or certified as a psychologist, psychotherapist, or psychiatrist. As an IMH Specialist, I am trained and able to provide support around: identifying areas of concern; monitoring progress and concerns; supporting areas of development and attachment (of concern or not); addressing challenging behaviours (not classified as disordered); healthy family dynamics; and counselling and communication services (not psychotherapy).
As a Perinatal Mental Health Professional (PMH-C candidate), I am not a psychologist, psychiatrist, or psychotherapist. I am able to provide support around identifying, managing, and seeking formal treatment for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADS). While I aim to work from a trauma-informed perspective, promote resiliency, and am trained in supporting trauma disclosure, I am not trained in formally treating adult or child trauma.

My services are for any family, parent, caregiver, infant, child, or combination! The age range I typically work with is newborn to age 5 (if you have an infant or toddler as well as an older child, I can still support your family). I aim to be inclusive and take steps to actively establish safe spaces in the homes and connections I enter into. 

I accept clients of all races, cultures, genders, sexual orientations, socioeconomic status, family dynamics and backgrounds. My work supports families in whatever form they come in. I work with all types of families including single or co-parenting, solo parenting, adoption/foster families, multi-generational families, and chosen family. 

That being said, I may not be the best individual to provide support to every family – I am a white, cis, able-bodied presenting, bisexual individual in a heteronormative relationship. I am learning and cultivating awareness on how to be a better service provider to all individuals and families and actively work to acknowledge my privileges, prejudices, and biases.

There are many reasons a parent may seek out an assessment for their infant/child and all of them are valid! Assessments are a tool used to provide us with specific information about your individual child and their development. Assessments are not only used to identify problems. Some reasons parents may want this information is to:
  • Better understand your child’s development across different domains
  • Help support your child’s development, including specific developmental goals, in culturally appropriate and strength-based ways
  • Help parents/caregivers understand the types of experiences their child needs to support their unique development
  • Identify areas of delay/difference/concern in development or behaviour
  • Better understand and respond to your child’s behaviour by assessing which areas of skill need support and how to do so in a strengths-based way (behaviour is about skill, not will)
  • Provide insight and strategies while waiting for further assessment or referral by specialists
It’s important to understand that there are many benefits to assessment such as early identification, monitoring, and intervention of developmental differences or concerns, providing parents with reassurance about their child’s development, equipping parents with knowledge and strategies to feel more proactive about their child’s development, providing developmentally appropriate strategies and experiences for parents to try with their children, and more. The only ‘negative’ outcome I like to make parents aware of is a heightened sensitivity or concern around “normal” development and changes. Assessments are not intended to create fear or hyper-vigilance but rather to help you, and others, better understand your child and how best to support their development. I am dedicated to making sure parents feel supported and well informed prior to and following assessments.
Infants as young as 1 month old can be assessed! The earlier a child is assessed, the earlier support measures can be put into place to nurture their unique development and wellbeing.

Unfortunately my services are not covered by  insurance. That being said, I do offer hourly rates as  sliding scale, provide payment plans for packages, and I am always willing to discuss financial accessibility. I firmly believe that finances should not be a barrier to getting your family and child support.

My rates are based on my many years of experience and extensive knowledge gained from relevant academia, trainings, and certifications. 

I understand that some of my services are an investment. In order to increase accessibility while ensuring financial stability, I do offer sliding scale for hourly rates and payment plans for package rates. 

Sliding scale pricing allows rates to be flexible. Within the range set, you can choose your rate based on what is accessible to you. For example, $20-25/hr range means you can choose 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, or 25/hr as your rate. My sliding-scale pricing is also invoice-specific, meaning you can choose your rate for each individual invoice based on your finances at the time.

While I will absolutely never question or care which rate you choose, I do ask that clients be mindful of sharing privilege. If you are able (and willing) to pay a higher rate, it allows me to continue to provide lower rates to clients who require them while also providing myself some financial stability.

My availability is in constant flux, particularly with COVID restrictions. Please do not hesitate to reach out with your availability and we can arrange something that works for us both! Consults can easily happen via phone or Zoom.

I am currently located just east of downtown Hamilton. I am able to travel to various surrounding areas by car.