I enjoy working with people to facilitate growth and change. Whatever prompts you to seek counselling you need not face it alone. Together, we can work toward healing and change. My therapeutic work provides a safe place for healing and deep emotional work to occur. I help clients utilize personal strengths to create a healthy relationship with Self, others, and their world.
Life has taught me numerous lessons about grief and suffering, which inform my practice. I bring resiliency to my work, learned through the lessons of parenting, aging parents, marriage, friendship, loss (multiple miscarriages, death of a parent), child-hood trauma, chronic illness and traumatic brain injury of a loved one. Life has equipped me to bring to others validation, empathy, and hope, to create change. Counselling has changed my own life, and I was drawn to become a counsellor due to my extroverted personality and my empathic, caring nature.
As a counsellor, I come from a family-systems, attachment, and somatic (body) perspective, believing that all people are equal and intrinsically equipped with an internal drive and ability to change. I also recognize that because all people are equipped with strengths, my role is to help others identify and focus on their strengths as a driving force in therapeutic change. My attachment perspective informs me that change happens within relationship: to self and to other. My role as a counselor is to provide a safe attachment relationship from which to explore both self-acceptance and change. Our therapeutic work can override cultural or personal messages that may limit goals or internal resources.
I believe the human body is a very effective source of wisdom and tapping into this wisdom can facilitate change and holistic health. My work with clients incorporates identifying what (and when) our bodies communicate in order to utilize the body as a therapeutic tool, in light our goals for holistic mental (and physical) health. Our physical bodies communicate countless emotional messages.
I have counselling experience with the following…
- Children in Play Therapy
Grief & Loss
Abuse & Neglect
Social Skill Development
Mental Health Issues
Counselling Education & Trainings
In Progress: MA, Counselling Psychology, Trinity Western (Completion, 2019)
BA, Psychology, University of the Fraser Valley (2016)
Additional Counselling Trainings
Trauma Informed Yoga Training, Certificate
Play Therapy: Sand Tray Interventions, Certificate
Couples Counselling: Gottman Level One, Certificate
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Certificate
Trauma Therapy: LifeSpan Integration Level One, Certificate
Mindful Self-Compassion, Neff PhD & Germer PhD, Certificate
Domestic Violence: Understanding Abuse in Relationships, When Love Hurts, Certificate
Prior, Related Experience
I have worked resourcing families since 2003, supporting parents, families, and couples; this work provides me a depth of helping experience which underpins my counselling training.