Experience

I consider myself extremely lucky to be a counsellor. So many life and learning experiences have brought me to this work - education, the people I have known, my own struggles, and a life-long fascination with what brings all of us to well being.  My hope is to always be an engaged, curious, and compassionate therapist. 

Education. 

 

I hold a Master's Degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. In  my studies, I focused on trauma, mood regulation, mindfulness-based interventions, and self-compassion.

 

I love learning about the human experience. What causes us to struggle, to get stuck, to change, to heal? I regularly train in a range of therapeutic approaches. In the Fall of 2021, I'll be training in EMDR - an exciting new chapter! I also receive clinical supervision to ensure that my work is in line with professional and ethical standards. 

 

Professional Experience. 

 

I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), and am a member in good standing with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC Member #16987). 

 

I have acted in many roles as a counsellor through the years. As a youth counsellor, I supported adolescents and young adults with issues such as anxiety, depression, and relationship concerns. In that role, I worked with individuals, couples, and families. 

 

I coordinated and facilitated the YMind Mindfulness Group for Anxiety, which offered anxiety support for teens and young adults. 

 

With a non-profit organization, I worked as a trauma counsellor helping women who experienced violence as children and adults. Within the same organization, I acted as Counselling Supervisor, supporting a team of up to 15 mental health counsellors on clinical, ethical, and safety concerns. 

 

I have facilitated workshops on Non-Violent Communication, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy, and Therapeutic Writing. 

 

These days, alongside my private practice, I work with perpetrators of domestic violence with the B.C. Relationship Violence Program. 

 

I've also worn several hats as a volunteer through the years, including providing art therapy to at-risk youth, supporting palliative patients in hospice, and coordinating mindfulness and yoga programming for children. 

 

Personal Life Experience. 

 

Meditation is at the very centre of my life and work. I first learned traditional Buddhist meditation practices over twenty years ago. Meditation helps me to share compassion and a deep acceptance with myself and my clients. 

 

Before I worked in the mental health field, I worked in arts and media. I hold a Master's Degree in Fine Arts and a Bachelor's' Degree in Humanities. These experiences show up in session as a healthy respect for the role of instinct and expression in healing. 

 

I'm a mom to two wild and wonderful boys who keep me moving!  When I'm not working, you can generally bet that I'm hanging out with my family on the beach - napping, reading, playing tag, and trying to wrap my head around the inner life of a sand dollar. 

To book a session, or to learn more, please contact me.