“Every day brings new choices.”
First, let's acknowledge the effort you have put into finding a counsellor who feels like a "good fit." You have undoubtedly visited directories and viewed, what may seem like, countless profiles. This can be an exhausting and overwhelming process. And here you are, considering one more option.
If you are looking for…
Someone who will take the time to understand and know you and the problems specific to you. Someone who is genuine, who feels like a real person, and who you connect with. Someone with whom you feel comfortable and can be your true authentic self...
You’ve come to the right place!
I take pride in my work and the genuine relationships that form in my practice. My personal style is calm, compassionate, accepting, and collaborative. I use a humanistic approach that allows the unique perspectives and strengths of the individuals I meet guide the direction of the work. While our work may involve exploring dark places and unhealthy patterns, I also look for opportunities to highlight joy and celebrate growth.
Many of the individuals I see feel stuck and unsure of their capacity to manage life struggles independently. Providing a safe space in which to process these challenges nurtures hope and offers a sense of clarity. I intend for you to leave sessions feeling empowered to make decisions that bring you closer to living authentically.
I engage with curiosity, sensitivity, warmth, and a bit of humour. I know that when you enter the room, you bring a wealth of experience that is unique to you. Therefore, consideration will be given to your individual characteristics, preferences, needs, beliefs, and abilities. Integrating your knowledge of self with theory will help to broaden our understanding of the presenting concerns, to create personalized goals, and to ensure the potential benefit is maximized.
My approach is informed by these theories and practices:
- Person-Centred Therapy
- Strength-Based Therapy
- Trauma-Focused Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
- Attachment Theory
- Emotion-Focused Therapy
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
- Cross-Cultural Practices
- Nature-Based Therapy
Our relationship will be based on trust, cultivating an atmosphere that is safe and supportive. I will fully and unconditionally accept you as you are and meet you where you are in your journey. I understand how unsettling it can be to feel vulnerable in session, but rest assured, this is your space to do so.
My hope is that in our work together, you will rediscover your inner strength and personal power, fostering a deeper understating of self, increased self-compassion, and change. We will work together to make sense of the challenges you are facing and to co-create a preferred way of engaging in life.
I invite you to begin your journey of growth and exploration today, and I thank you for choosing me to join you in this process.
I completed an undergraduate degree in Child and Youth Care from the University of Victoria and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. As a member in good standing with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (#17033), and to better support the individuals I work alongside, I determinedly commit to continued personal growth and professional development.
I have worked over twenty years with children, youth, emerging adults, adults, and families to tackle diverse issues affecting their mental health and daily functioning. Some of the challenges I have supported people with include stress-management, anxiety reduction, mood management, life transitions, social emotional development, social justice, marginalization, substance use and addiction, interpersonal conflict, and self-actualization. Along with individual work, I have led therapeutic and psycho-educational groups covering the same topics. I apply an integrative approach that is person-centred, trauma informed and draws upon Attachment Theory, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.
My passion for counselling grew out of my own experiences learning to navigate difficult life transitions, interpersonal relationships, and trauma. Life can be complicated; I know this because I live it. While my formal education and training guide my practice, I believe the most valuable lessons come from personal experience and being with and learning from others. I feel honoured when invited to walk with them on their healing journey because I understand the courage it takes to allow oneself to be vulnerable in a clinical setting. My hope is with me, you will find a safe, trusting person, who will help you to understand and challenge negative thought patterns, fears, maladaptive behaviours, and unhealthy relational patterns.