Hold Fast & Co.

Warmly Welcomes Everyone


To all the misfits, counterculterers, offbeats, outsiders, stressed out parents, the alcoholics and the addicts, the depressed, the unsatisfied, the queer, the worried moms and dads, those living in grief and loss, the ADHD'ers, the ones who question their identity, the anxious, the labelled, the foster kids, the PTSD'ers and the ones who never feel good enough.

You belong here

I am a Registered Social Worker (RSW) in the Provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.   I am Published Author and Sessional Instructor at the University of Calgary, teaching graduate and bachelor's level social workers about Trauma and Mental Health.  I have a Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work (MSW), a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work (BSW) and over two decades of challenging social work roles in mental health and addictions with diverse children and families.

My trauma informed clinical practice integrates evidenced based treatment protocols and professional trainings, including Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF- CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Recovery Capital and creative engagement strategies.  Concepts of Indigenous Ways of Knowing,  Developmental Psychopathology, Attachment and Biopsychosocial theories inform my integrative counselling services.


Star Metro Interview 2019
Star Metro
Jan 2019
Jo the Mindful Buffalo
I wrote this children's book as an effective tool for families interested in teaching mindfulness to their children. Coming soon!!!!
Star Metro Interview July 2018
Star Metro
July 2018
Quoted on the front page 2018
Star Metro
July 2018
Star Metro Interview May 2018
Star Metro Article
May 2018
Ursa's Warriors
The first children's book I wrote and published in 2015, designed to teach strength based coping strategies for children facing grief and loss.
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