About Amy

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I AM: a wife, mother, daughter, sister, granddaughter, nurse, therapist, colleague, and friend.

I BELIEVE: that our relationships matter most; knowledge is power; many couples do not inherently know how to be happily committed despite societal expectations to the contrary; love is journey; relationships can heal; love can prevail. Pregnancy, postpartum, and new motherhood are some of our most precious yet challenging experiences. Vulnerability is an inherent part of the perinatal experience; it takes a lot of strength to seek social and professional help.

I HOPE: that the couples who I am privileged to work with will experience renewed, intimate, and committed relationships of the highest quality. And, that the women who I am privileged to work with during the transition to motherhood will experience symptom (depression/anxiety) reduction so as to enhance energy for self and baby care.

Professional Background

I have worked for Alberta Health Services for the past seventeen years. I have been employed as a staff nurse, mental health therapist, clinical nurse specialist, and family counsellor. I have worked in a variety of mental health settings including: in-patient acute psychiatry; community mental health; urgent care mental health; and walk-in therapy.

I have been a guest on Breakfast Television and Global Television where I was invited to speak about the challenges couples face during the transition to parenthood. I was also an invited guest on the televised series Transformation to Parenthood.

I am a member of the College and Association of Registered Nurses and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

Peer reviewed publications include:

Marshall, A.J. & Harper-Jaques, S. (2008). Depression and family relationships: Ideas for healing. The Journal of Family Nursing, 14(1), 56-73.

Marshall, A., Bell, J.M., & Moules, N.J. (2010). Beliefs, suffering, and healing: A clinical practice model for families experiencing mental illness. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 46(3) 197-208.

Educational Background

Bachelor of Nursing – University of Calgary

Master of Nursing – University of Calgary.

Post Graduate Training

Gottman Level I & Level II Training

Johnson-Gottman Summit

Postpartum Stress Center Level I & Level II Training