I would like to personally welcome you to my counselling practice...
Counselling is a deeply personal experience. A therapy relationship is built on a foundation of trust and trust is built over time as we gain knowledge and experience of another person.
With over 20 years of clinical experience working with youth, adults and families across a variety of mental health and substance use service programs, I have come to understand the power of therapeutic alliance - or the bond between therapist and client. I am highly focused on building relationships rooted in unconditional acceptance and compassion and strive to create an environment of safety and inclusivity, so each client can explore their areas of concern, get to the root of the issue and fully heal. I am skilled in helping others heal the effects of chronic stress, complex trauma, mood disorders, personality issues and concerns related to substance use, disordered eating, attachment, parenting/separation and loss.
I hold a Masters of Social Work Degree from the University of British Columbia (2004) and I am a Registered Social Worker in good standing with the British Columbia College of Social Workers (registration number 09588) since 2009. My undergraduate studies include: a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from the University of Victoria (1999) and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Indigenous Studies and Anthropology from Trent University (1996).
My approach integrates a variety of mind-body therapies informed by neuroscience and grounded in polyvagal theory. I offer clients a number of tools and exercises designed to restore calm and experience increased connection and vitality. Working collaboratively, I support clients to gain psychological perspective, safely heal original wounds, toxic shame and to create new stories of ones life experience. Some of the therapeutic techniques I draw from include; somatic experiencing, focusing oriented therapy, emotionally focused therapy or tapping, narrative therapy, mindfulness, process work and cognitive behavioural therapy.
My passion supporting others in a process of emotional, psychological, physiological and soul-based healing is fueled by my professional experience and personal healing journey spanning decades. If you are feeling stuck and are considering counselling, I welcome you to contact me to arrange an appointment or a complimentary 20 minute phone consultation to determine if I may be the one to help. I welcome both new and returning clients.
I look forward to hearing from you.
*Due to the restrictions associated with Co-vid 19 all counselling sessions are currently being offered through a secure video platform until further notice.