Registered Psychiatric Nurse
Megan has been a practicing Registered Psychiatric Nurse since 2007. The majority of her career has been in Calgary Alberta. Megan has been settling into Manitoba since winter 2016, most recently opening her own private practice. Megan comes with experience in multiple settings with diverse populations. Despite a wide variety of exposure to models and treatment interventions, Megan’s passion is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
“The thing I love about DBT is the choices it gives you. The core skill in DBT is mindfulness. When you practice mindfulness it’s easy to feel the benefits, it helps me do my role better in mental health and every role in my personal life. Mindfulness gives us the steps and guidance to further understand our selves. In addition to learning a new way to relate to our internal experiences and life; DBT is saturated with skills that help individuals create a life worth living ~ what’s more motivating and satisfying than that?”
In addition to DBT Megan has experience with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Megan strives to offer individualized treatment strategies that fit the individual’s need. Goals in therapy are deeply personal and Megan is committed to practice acceptance and understanding while fostering motivation to make the changes in your life that you desire.
Your first appointment is an important one, often this is a mental health assessment to gain further understanding of reasons for pursuing therapy and presenting symptoms. From there, we can discuss treatment approaches and establish a mutually agreed upon treatment plan.
I offer private mental health services supporting youth and adults. Treatment should be tailored to your individual needs. I practiced from a client centered approach working with mood disorders, personality disorders, crises management, and overall coping and adjustment.
List of services/Therapy
Borderline Personality Disorder
Somatic Symptom Disorder
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Solution Focused Therapy
April 2018 - Clinical Suicidology; Innovations in Assessment & Treatment, David A Jobes
Oct 16-Oct 17, 2017 – 2 Day Acceptance & Commitment for Adolescents– mindfulness-based values oriented behavioral therapy Sheri L. Turrell.
July 15-17, 2015 - 3-day Intensive Mindfulness Inside & Outside the Therapy Hour - Ron Siegal
November 17 & 18 2014 - Engaging Traumatized Clients who Avoid Attachment, Closeness and Painful Feelings - Robert Muller
August - October 2013 – DBT clinical training; 8 weeks (4.5 hours a week) at the DBT Clinic, Sheldon Chumir
August 2013- August 2014 – Behaviour Tech online DBT training in addition to weekly clinical supervision of application of DBT Skills group
February 2013 - Dialectical Behavioural Therapy 3-day overview - Kate Comtois Treatment I implementation Collaborative
June 2012 - Trauma & Attachment Theory- Gabor Matte
December 2011 - Forensic Psychiatry Services Alberta Hospital Edmonton - Young Offender Current Practice; Examining current practices for treating trauma, ADHD and self harm behaviours in the forensic population.
November 2011 - Structured Assessment of Violence Risk in Youth (SAVRY).
February 2011 - Courage to Change 3 day train the trainer workshop; journaling program based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy that targets criminogenic needs in adolescent youth.
December 2010 - Depression Symposium 2 day workshop.
December 2010 - Youth Assessment Screening Instrument (YASI) A model to assess risk, needs, and protective factors in the juvenile population.
November 2009 - Ross Green - The Explosive Child Workshop
April 2007 Graduated from Brandon University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing Degree.