Miranda completed her honours undergraduate degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Waterloo and her Clinical Master of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University. She received her group facilitation certification from Community Justice Initiatives in Kitchener and her trauma certification from Wilfrid Laurier University’s Professional Development Program. She has training in multiple trauma therapy approaches, mindfulness-based therapies, cognitive behavioural therapy, several somatic-based approaches, the gentle persuasive approach to working with dementia, and narrative therapy, amongst others.
– 15 years experience working in mental health with individuals, couples, families, and groups.
– More than 30 years of experience practicing mindfulness.
– Proficient in working with a range of concerns including but not limited to depression, anxiety, trauma, traumatic birth, pregnancy/prenatal/postpartum issues, sexual assault, interpersonal violence, the effects of oppression based on race/gender/sexuality/religion, grief and loss, and caregiver stress.
– Pioneered the rollout of the Ontario Common Assessment of Needs in her role as Education Coordinator for the Canadian Mental Health Association – Grand River Branch (CMHA-GRB)— and taught CMHA clinicians and staff about the recovery approach to mental health support.
– Pioneered the rollout of a rural Outreach program with the Rural Wellington Community Team and worked as sole Outreach Worker for the Upper Grand Family Health Team (Centre Wellington).
– Several years of experience working as a psychometrist for 2 clinical psychology practices.
– Several years of experience working as an Associate Psychotherapist for two Clinical Psychology practices.
– Head-hunted by University of Waterloo’s Counselling Services to provide long-term complex trauma therapy to students.