Pauline is the Founder & Clinical Director of the Compassion Project. She is a Registered Psychotherapist and Certified Canadian Addictions Counsellor (Supervisor) with a Doctorate degree in Counselling Psychology from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.
For the over 20 years she has been working on the front line, as a crisis responder, counsellor and psychotherapist. Her areas of practice includes interprofessional collaborative mental healthcare, trauma, CT/VT, addiction and Indigenous mental health. Pauline also has extensive teaching and group facilitation experience in both college and university settings. She has lived and worked in Indigenous communities in NWT and NU, and was the first instructor to coordinate and facilitate a mental health diploma program in Iqaluit, NU where she collaborated with Indigenous communities with the goal of providing culturally integrative counsellor training.
Pauline is also an instructor in the Addiction Education Program at McMaster University and has also worked in both the education and healthcare sector as a mental health counsellor. Recently, Pauline was the clinical manager at the Barrett Centre for Crisis Support, a mental health facility in downtown Hamilton that provides crisis stabilization and support to persons with severe and persistent mental illness, addiction and other chronic conditions.
Pauline has dedicated her career to helping others and in particular to helping heal caregivers. She is a clinical supervisor and a therapist for therapists. Most important, Pauline is a person living with mental illness and addiction. A person who has lived and survived trauma. Recovery is at the forefront of her life's work.