Health + Wellness

Originally, my plan was to become a child psychologist, which helps explain how my byline appeared on this academic journal study. But my applications for grad schools in that field landed in rejection piles. It was the best thing that could have happened to me, as I had also discovered a passion for journalism while volunteering for my campus newspaper and freelancing for local publications in Edmonton. That's why I had also applied to NYU's graduate program for journalism, where once accepted, I leaned on my past to get started.

I began by applying for an internship at Psychology Today, where initially I was told to take a hike (to explore the Big Apple, given I had never even visited the city before I moved there). Not long after that I reapplied. The editors there took me on then kept me for a year. I also spent a year in an honors "Portfolio" program reporting stories about New Yorkers with a mental or physical disability.

Since then I've looked at issues such as workplace bullying, workaholism and an unlikely partnership between police and drive-thru workers in a bid to curb impaired driving. I've also tried to help entrepreneurs with tips on when to call it quits or how to manage their business from a sick bed. This profile is of a psychotherapist who helps those curious about an assisted death. My most personal work took several years to process and is dedicated to the dads out there who've ever lost a child: The First Time I was a Father.