Qualification & Experience

My qualification and experience are:

Since 1990, I have provided counselling, life coaching and support services to individuals, couples, families, groups, and organizations. In 1999, I opened a full time private practice in Markham, serving Toronto, Scarborough, North York, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Stouffville, Ajax, Pickering, Whitby, Oshawa, etc. 


  • Survivors of trauma, post-traumatic and chronic-pain issues, abuse, violence.
  • Adults and adolescents suffering with depression, distress, addiction, anger, anxiety, ADHD, multi-cultural transition and adjustment issues, financial and spiritual concerns and work/life balance.
  • Adults, adolescents and children seeking to improve confidence, self-esteem, life skills with stressful situations and interpersonal relationships, including family and marital counselling.
  • Families experiencing child and/or adolescent conflicts, transition and adjustment issues.


Master of Social Work Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON -- 1998.

BA of Social Work with Honours York University, Toronto, ON -- 1996.

BA in Psychology Trinity Western University, Langely, BC -- 1990.


Registered Social Worker/Counsellor/ADHD Specialist/Life Coach

Schurmann Counselling & Life Coaching, Scarborough & Markham, ON -- (1998 - Present)
Working in full time private practice.



Markham, ON -- (2009 - )
Emotional Wound First-Aid Kit: A Comprehensive Workbook for Healing Optimal Emotional Health & Wellness


Markham, ON -- (2007 - )
Writing articles for:
SelfGrowth.com an Online Self Improvement Encyclopedia.
HowToDoThings an Online Self-Help Resource.


Radio Co-Host

Oakville, ON -- (2007 - 2008)
Monthly co-host with Success Seminar on the Air, a unique live call in talk show.


Caseworker/Social Worker

Toronto Social Services, Toronto, ON -- (1991 - 1999)
Intensive experience working with individuals and families who struggle with socio-economic barriers, personal conflicts, educational/career barriers, multi-cultural and language difficulties, and physical disabilities.


MSW Social Worker

Jewish Family and Child Services, Toronto, ON -- (1997 - 1998)
Conducting individual, marital and family therapy, and co-facilitating a large support group of adult psychiatric out-patients.


BSW Social Worker

Etobicoke Board of Education, ON -- (1996 - 1996)
Providing short-term counselling for students and their families with issues related to school performance, behaviour and social/psychological needs.



  • Providing psychotherapy, and family & couple therapy, utilizing the following therapeutic interventions: CBT, Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused, Psychoeducational, Coaching and Family System.
  • Utilizing a holistic approach by integrating the physical, emotional, intellectual, inter-personal and spiritual aspects of the personality.
  • Facilitating self-understanding, problem-solving and exploring ones full potential.


  • Psychiatric Mental Health and ADHD training at The Scarborough Hospital: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Clinic, under the supervision of a psychiatrist/ADHD specialist - from 1999 - 2000 (full time position).
  • ADHD and related disorders work shops at The Scarborough Hospital: General Division.
  • Addiction training, University of Guelph, 2004.
  • CBT training workshop by Dr. Zindel Segal, 2001.
  • Life Coaching workshop by Dr. Patrick Williams.
  • Institute for Life Coaching Training, 2002.


Canadian Association of Professional Social Workers
Ontario College of Certified Social Workers
Ontario Association of Professional Social Workers

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