I am in my mid-forties and can speak from experience that life can be challenging and leave us feeling overwhelmed and sometimes devastated. I have gone through a number of rough patches in my own life and with the support of my therapist, I was able to find renewed meaning and continue on moving forward to recognize my goals.
I understand that when we experience trauma or severe life stressors, our lives can unravel. My passion is supporting clients who have been through traumatic and/or stressful experiences. I focus on helping clients find hope, ways to strengthen their relationships, and develop a healthy view of self so they can know themselves as peaceful, complete, whole, and safe.
I am passionate about working with women from diverse backgrounds, including women from marginalized communities. Furthermore, having grown up in a patriarchal society, I am inclined to connect with men who struggle with familial relationships. I have had the privileged to work alongside Indigenous people for a number of years, where I learned first-hand about the impact of residential school systems and generational trauma. As a result of these experiences, it is my honor to work with people to create a sense of withness. In addition, I have experience working with children and youth struggling with various challenges, including anxiety and depression.
The therapeutic modalities I use include person centered, narrative, attachment based, play therapy, and relational perspectives. I am trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) to treat trauma. I work with children, youth, individuals, families, and couples. I offer counseling in both English and Punjabi.
I have had the honor of working with children, youth, and families for more than 20 years. I started my career in the helping profession as an Early Childhood Educator working in a child care center and then moved to teaching preschool. Following this, I worked as a resource and referral consultant helping parents find suitable childcare for their children and consulting with care providers setting up child care centers and preschools. Later, I worked as a social worker and felt privileged to connect with individuals from a place of acceptance and genuine understanding.
I received a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care with Child Welfare Specialization in 2010 from the University of the Fraser Valley and a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from City University of Seattle in 2017. While I have been in school for the majority of my life, I took a number of breaks to raise my children, who are now almost grownup. I am an avid learner and am committed to both my ongoing personal and professional development, in order to best support my clients.
“I can be a companion in your journey from a place of compassion and genuine acceptance while you walk along the path of healing and self-discovery.”