My Journey Towards Counselling
I always knew that I wanted to work with people, but I was never quite sure what it would look like. My undergraduate studies began with an education route, focusing on biology. After having taken my first psychology class, however, I quickly became aware that the "biology" I was fascinated by was not dissecting frogs, but rather getting to explore human experiences of the heart, mind, body, and soul. What really drew me in was psychology's power to create opportunities for change and experiencing life in a different way. I experienced this first hand in that first semester psychology class. My own family had been struggling with different mental health issues, and I witnessed how a bit of awareness and knowledge of real human experiences allowed room for growth and change.
After graduating with a degree in psychology, however, I still really didn't know what I was going to do with this knowledge, this fascination of human experience. At the time, counselling seemed scary and vulnerable, and it was not until I experienced my own journey of loss, grief, and vulnerability that I was able to let the knowledge of human experience to sink from my head to my heart and open my eyes to the possibility of walking alongside others in their pain and struggles. From there, I went on to take my masters in marriage and family therapy and fell absolutely in love with weaving in knowledge with practical and experiential techniques of being with others. I count it a great honour to walk a part of someone's journey with them.
My Foundations of Therapeutic Practice
As I work with my clients, its my goal to create a place of safety for them to holistically explore their own unique experience of life and pain. I strongly believe each individual carries with them valuable resources that will help them move toward change. I am curious about my clients’ own wisdom and ability to transform. It is my sincere hope that in working together with clients, I can invite them to experience their potential to move beyond places where they feel stuck. Although I have a passion for children, parents, families, anxiety and grief work, I am interested in partnering with people from all different walks of life. I engage people from a variety of different theories and frameworks; however, I mostly work through systemic and attachment-based theories, such as EFT, EFFT, Satir, and Neufeld, that focus on creating a new experience for the client.
A Bit about Me
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) through the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). I have received my MAMFT through Trinity Western University in Langley, BC and undergraduate degree (BA) in Psychology from Redeemer University College in Ancaster, ON. I am also currently a mother of two adventurous little boys, and wife to a loving husband.
If you are seeking counselling and have any questions about myself or what we aim to do at Re.Pose, please feel free to contact me at:
MAMFT, RCC # 15757
Emotionally Focused Therapy Training 2016
Veronica Kallos-Lily/ Talk Therapy, Calgary, AB
Neufeld Institue Intensive Level 1 – Making Sense of Kids 2016
Tamara Strijack, R.C.C., Langley, BC
Understanding Abuse in Relationship Training 2017
Karen McAndless-Davis/MCC, Abbotsford, BC
Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy – Level 1 2017
Satir Institute of the Pacific, Surrey, BC
Trauma Sensitive Yoga Training 2017
Nicole Marcia, Abbotsford, BC
Introduction to Neuroscience and the Satir Model in the Sandtray Pt. I_II 2018
Madeleine DeLittle, Ph. D., Surrey, BC
Emotionally Focused Family Therapy Core Training 2019
Adele LaFrance, Ph.D, Langley, BC
Somato Respiratory Integration Training 2019
Anastacia Metcalf Lundholm, Abbotsford, BC