Hello, and welcome to my counselling practice! I have a PhD in Counselling Psychology (University of British Columbia), and I'm a Registered Psychologist (#2188) in BC. My practice is located in Vancouver at Broadway and Yew. I typically work with adults who are successful in many areas of their lives, but still feel that something isn't quite right. Often, my clients deeply want to feel more present in their lives, more confident and comfortable in their own skin, and more connected with others. I frequently work with clients who are, themselves, therapists.
My approach is largely experiential, meaning that I help people process and integrate their emotions (and other cues in the body) in order to help them move forward. If you suspect you would prefer something more strategy-based and cognitive, I’m probably not the best person for you! But if you’re open to working experientially and relationally, there is such promise for profound and lasting change. Not gonna lie: this approach often takes longer, but the benefits can take hold at a very deep level.
I am continually amazed and inspired by the changes my clients make as a result of counselling. My clients tell me I'm down-to-earth, kind and gentle, non-judgmental, and that, with me, they feel that they're "not crazy." Even at the end of a first session, clients will say what a relief it is to feel safe, understood, more hopeful, and not alone. The decision to look for a counsellor often comes at a time of crisis, or when you feel all other avenues have been exhausted. But, it's never too late to start counselling. I'm here for you, as you take this next step.
I’ve been on a long personal journey to figure out what’s held me back from feeling more sure of myself and worthy of having my needs met, and receiving love from others. Like you, on the outside, I’ve looked like I had it all together. But people would be shocked to know how strongly I’ve doubted my worth, how deeply I feel things emotionally, and how fearful I’ve been about stepping into my life and having deep connections with others. Like you, I used short-term strategies to push my emotional pain and anxiety away.
Over time, I’ve figured out how to accept more and more that I am a lovable and worthy person, with lots to offer, and that I am safe in the world to truly be myself. This has allowed me to grow more confident, as well as have the ability to love myself and others, and to receive love in return.
I haven’t done this by myself: What I’ve learned is that these kinds of changes require a particular kind of environment, where we are treated with kindness, gentleness, and respect, and in which we can feel safe, not judged, and completely accepted for who we are, warts and all. Many of us did not always have this growing up, even if we were lucky enough to have well-intentioned and loving parenting. Others of us have never received this. Many of the ways we’ve tried to manage (like being busy, worrying, numbing out, smoking, drinking alcohol, or dieting) are how we have protected ourselves. The trouble is, the old strategies don’t work so well anymore, and are getting in the way of the life you want.
Based on my own healing journey and my professional work with clients, I can tell you that you can fundamentally change old patterns. We are all works in progress, and in each of us (no matter how stuck, anxious, or depressed we feel) is a spark that drives us towards growth and healing, and that blossoms when the circumstances are right. A counselling relationship that feels safe, non-judgmental, kind, and connected, and in which you feel deeply understood is one of those “right circumstances” that can help you get unstuck, feel more alive, confident, and lovable, help you show up and be present in your life, feel more connected to others, and literally change the way your brain works. It’s time to start feeling better about yourself and your future. Let me help.