How I Got Here:
The first thing I want you to know about me is that I decided to become a therapist because of my own experience in therapy. I entered therapy depressed and anxious, with hopes of learning how to better navigate certain relationships in my life and to learn how to cope with life’s unwieldy circumstances – I completed therapy with these skills and a personal transformation, solid sense of self, and a deeply held vocational passion in helping others to find the same transformation and meaning in their lives.
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#15201) and a Canadian Certified Counsellor (#10002791). I have a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. My client-centred counselling approach is trauma-informed, relational, and existential. I work with youth, adults, couples, and families. I am also an accepted services provider for the Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP).
Much of my work is helping people through depression and anxiety. Some areas of specialty in my practice are working with trauma and abuse, chronic illness and pain, grief, relationship issues, identity, meaning, and shame. In working with couples and families, some of the issues that I work with are improving connection and communication, premarital counselling, infidelity, sexuality, separation, divorce, and youth care for adolescents whose parents are separating.
Outside of my masters-level education, I have also trained in several different therapeutic modalities and draw from these to tailor my approach to the client's needs. Some of these trainings are oriented towards emotional processing, attachment and communication in relationships, integration of trauma, neurobiology, shame, domestic violence, and existential issues. In addition to helping clients feel better, I also use cognitive-behavioural therapy and mental health education to help my clients think better. The aim is to help clients feel, think, and relate to themselves and others in healthier ways.
On a Personal Note:
I am married and live with my husband in White Rock. Some of what enriches my life includes spending time with friends and family, road cycling, mentoring youth, and practicing my Spanish wherever and whenever possible. One day, I'd like to complete a triathlon. I drink my coffee black.
Thanks for listening, now it's my turn.