I work as a collaborative therapist, joining with you in creating a safe space for you to experience healing and deeper connection with yourself and with others. In therapy you can explore the complexity and uniqueness of your story, develop insight and skills to manage and make meaning of your experiences, and empower yourself to live a meaningful life. I commit to meeting you wherever you are at with openness, authenticity, compassion, empathy, and without judgement. I firmly believe that we all have inherent value and hope to encourage you to embrace your truest self.
I hold a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology (Adler University) and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#13918) with the BCACC. I have specific training in Occupationally Aware therapy for First Responders, in Gottman Method Couples therapy, trauma and PTSD, as well as intimate partner violence and abuse. I work from an emotion-focused and attachment-based therapeutic lens and have experience and offer counselling to youth, adults and couples in areas such as: trauma, post-traumatic stress injuries, abuse and healing, emotion regulation, separation and divorce support, relational conflict, premarital/marriage counselling, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, and personal growth.
My training as an Occupationally Aware therapist for First Responders by the BC Professional Fire Fighter’s Association has informed me about the unique culture, strengths and challenges of being a First Responder and can offer services that help keep the mind sharp, strong and healthy to support oneself and their crew. There are occupational stressors embedded in the nature of First Responder work that can result in symptoms associated with trauma responses and psychological injuries. We understand these experiences to be very normal reactions to the very abnormal and unique demands of First Responder work. It is my priority to help First Responders develop their personal resilience so they can stay on the job, be present with their families and relationships, be a healthy and dependable partner or crew member, and enjoy a long and successful career. Allow me to support you as you support the community.
I am constantly humbled by my clients’ courage to pursue growth and healing through the counselling process. I consider it an immense honour to be invited to participate in your journey of healing and self-discovery and commit to honouring your lived experience with respect and appreciation.
I offer complimentary 20 minute phone or video consultations to help inform your sense of me as a potential therapist. If you are new to counselling, I encourage you to take time to find the ‘right fit’ of counsellor for you. I often recommend meeting several therapists so you can see how unique the experience can be with each one. You will have the most success when you feel the person is ‘right’ for you. Of course I will be a kind person to meet, that does not necessarily make me the ‘right fit’ for you. Let’s chat and find out.
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