Skye appreciates the messiness of human beings and their lives. She thinks that the world can be expansive, beautiful, and profound, but it can also be chaotic, unpredictable, and violent. She aims to help you navigate the friction between these two extremities and the suffering that results. Skye is both a clinician and a researcher, and all of the interventions that she uses are firmly supported by science. Her practice is grounded in extensive training in dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT); a treatment that draws upon Zen Buddhism & mindfulness, behaviorism, and dialectical philosophy. Her training in DBT and cognitive-behavioural therapies has taught her to value precise, compassionate, individually-tailored interventions that help clients build a life worth living. This means that her and her clients don’t “just talk”, they also do, because people are capable of finding resilience in the face of pain and ultimately changing their lives.
In addition to providing psychotherapy for individuals and couples, Skye is a tenure-track professor and director of the TULIP (Treating and Understanding Life-threatening behaviour, Intense Emotion, and Posttraumatic Stress) lab in the Department of Psychology at York University. Her research and clinical work focuses on understanding and refining treatments for those living with intense emotion, trauma, distressed relationships, and borderline personality disorder. Her practice is rooted in anti-oppressive politics and welcomes clients of all genders, sexualities, abilities, and racial/ethnic backgrounds.
Academic Appointment – Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Department of Psychology, York University
Fellowship – Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Rutgers University
Residency – University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Ph.D. – Clinical Psychology, Ryerson University