Life has many ups and downs. There are moments when life is amazing, awful and even mundane. Therapy can be a place to help you hold on through the awful, celebrate the amazing and break up the mundane. My great passion is helping clients through all of life’s moments to find their inner strength and live life more fully and authentically.
I help my clients to learn how to establish healthy boundaries, find compassion for themselves and strengthen their relationships. I believe it is important to collaborate with clients as they are the experts in their own lives and hold the wisdom for change within.
As a therapist, I firmly believe that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to therapy. That's why I draw from a range of modalities, including EMDR, cognitive behavioural therapy, somatic resourcing, parts work, interpersonal therapy, solution-focused therapy, mindfulness, art therapy, and narrative therapy. By tailoring my approach to the unique needs and experiences of each individual client, I am able to provide personalized care that is both effective and empowering.
One of the key principles of my approach is the mind-body connection. I believe that our physical and emotional experiences are deeply interconnected, and that accessing inner resources and wisdom is an important part of the healing process. By helping clients tap into their own innate wisdom, I aim to create a sense of empowerment and autonomy that can be carried forward into all aspects of their lives.
Another essential aspect of my approach is honoring the client's choices and experiences. As a therapist, I strive to create a safe and supportive environment in which clients feel free to explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences without judgment. I believe that every individual is the expert on their own life, and that by working collaboratively, we can create meaningful and sustainable change.
I approach each client from an attachment-based framework. This means that I recognize the profound impact that early attachment experiences can have on an individual's sense of self and relationships with others. By working to understand and heal the attachment wounds that may be present, I aim to help clients develop a more secure and grounded sense of self. This, in turn, can lead to healthier and more fulfilling relationships, both with others and with themselves. By providing a safe and supportive environment in which clients can explore their attachment history and work through any related issues that may be impacting their lives, I am able to help them achieve greater levels of insight, healing, and growth. Ultimately, my goal is to help each client develop a stronger and more resilient sense of self, so that they can live more fulfilling and meaningful lives.
Above all, my approach to counselling is grounded in the core values of acceptance, unconditional positive regard, and empathy. I believe that these values are essential to building a strong therapeutic relationship, and that by fostering a warm, caring, and non-judgmental environment, I can help clients achieve their goals and live more fulfilling lives.
If you're interested in learning more about my approach to counselling, please don't hesitate to reach out. I'm here to support you on your journey toward greater health and happiness, and I look forward to working with you.
I work with adults struggling with a variety of life's challenges including:
Attachment Issues (Childhood, Romantic)
Relationships (Parenting, Interpersonal)
Supervision and Consultation
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Approved Clinical Supervisor (RCC-ACS) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and a Canadian Certified Counsellor(CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
I am also a Certified EMDR Therapist through the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). I am currently completing an internship to complete my hours to become certified as a EMDR consultant.
With over 12 years of experience in the mental health field, I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings, including community mental health, private practice, and employee assistance programs. This diverse background has provided me with a broad range of experience and expertise that I bring to my work as a therapist.
During this time, I have had the privilege of working with clients of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of need, from those with mild struggles to those facing severe mental health challenges. My commitment to diversity and inclusion means that I am deeply attuned to the unique experiences and needs of each client, and I work tirelessly to provide personalized care that is both effective and empowering.
In addition to my work with clients, I also have extensive experience providing supervision in both community mental health and private practice settings. I enjoy working with new counsellors as they begin their journey in the profession, and I am passionate about helping them develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence they need to succeed. With a warm and supportive approach to supervision, I strive to create a safe and collaborative environment in which each supervisee can grow and thrive.
Overall, my experience and background as a therapist have provided me with a deep understanding of the complexities of mental health and the unique challenges that clients can face. With a client-centered approach that emphasizes empathy, acceptance, and unconditional positive regard, I am committed to helping each client achieve their goals, feel supported and empowered.
I am an EMDRIA approved Consultant-in-Training and I am pleased to offer EMDR consultation services to fellow mental health professionals seeking to enhance their expertise in this evidence-based therapy.
With years of experience in utilizing EMDR in my practice, I am dedicated to supporting you in deepening your understanding of this transformative approach. Through collaborative discussion, case analysis, and skill-building exercises, your consultation sessions will empower you to effectively apply EMDR techniques and principles in your work.
I specialize in incorporating an attachment focus and somatic approach to my EMDR work. I use EMDR for shock and developmental trauma, anxiety, depression, perinatal mental health, sports performance and negative self beliefs.
Whether you are just beginning to explore EMDR or looking to refine your skills, I am committed to helping you achieve greater confidence and competence in providing trauma-informed care through EMDR therapy.
Master of Counselling
Certified EMDR therapist
Approved Clinical Supervisor
Advanced EMDR training (Complex trauma, Perinatal mental health, attachment, dissociation, parts work, eating disorders, athletic and creative performance, Group Traumatic Episode (G-TEP)
Advanced training in trauma through International Society for Study of Trauma and Dissociation
Advanced training in Infant/Adult Attachment
Advanced training in Perinatal Mental Health
Training in administering modified Adult Attachment Interview (AAI)
Empowered Supervisor Certificate
*Currently completing a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD) program through Walden University
As you embark on your path as a counselor, you are stepping into a world of excitement and possibility. However, it's important to acknowledge that this journey can also be accompanied by moments of overwhelm and self-doubt. Those instances when you find yourself pushing the boundaries of growth or experiencing a twinge of imposter syndrome can dampen the initial excitement.
I am here to provide unwavering support and guidance as you navigate these ups and downs. Together, we will embrace the exhilarating and challenging aspects of your counselling journey, ensuring you never feel alone in your pursuit of professional growth and fulfillment.
As a Certified EMDR therapist and EMDR Consultant-in training, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise in trauma sensitive care to my supervision practice. Guided by my passion for supporting new and developing counsellors, I love helping professionals like you grow and thrive in your careers.
My training spans across various areas, including trauma and dissociation, the Adult Attachment Interview, shock and developmental trauma, attachment theory and perinatal and infant mental health. I have experience working in child and youth mental health with individuals and families navigating moderate to severe mental health concerns. This experience has allowed me to develop experience in understanding how the developmental component impacts treatment and how to navigate the complexities of different systems. These insights enable me to provide valuable guidance and support as you navigate the unique challenges of working with children and adolescents.
Over the course of several years, my experience in private practice has revolved around working closely with adults who have encountered profound challenges. From childhood trauma and traumatic grief and loss to navigating significant
life transitions and relationship issues, I have been privileged to support individuals on their healing journeys. When it comes to supervision, my approach is all about fostering a collaborative and growth-oriented relationship. I believe in the power of self-reflection, self-awareness, and continuous professional development. Together, we'll work on honing your clinical skills and deepening your understanding of therapeutic practices. I thoroughly enjoy supporting others in their growth and success. I find immense joy in being a part of the developmental and professional journey of others and I'm committed to providing a safe, shame-free space for exploration and reflection.