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- feelings that surface and how to work with these
- thoughts and ideas that help or don’t help
- your physical reactions and what you can learn from mind-body sensory awareness
- how to deal with the effects of oppression, trauma, societal norms, and environmental stressors in your life
- ways to disentangle unconscious patterns and learned coping strategies that no longer serve you
- practices and traditions that are supportive of change and continuity
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and holistic therapist with a background in working with people who have experienced oppression, trauma, and intersectional violence. I work with individuals, couples, and groups who come from a variety of cultural, racial, spiritual, and religious backgrounds, of all ages, genders, and sexualities, including people who are of mixed ancestry, Black, Indigenous, racialized, people of colour, queer, trans, Two-Spirit, non-binary, and intersex. With over 15 years of experience in group facilitation and peer support, I am passionate about creating safer spaces for people of all communities, backgrounds, bodies, and experiences.
I work primarily with people who seek relief from depression, anxiety, stress, and grief/loss. I bring special expertise in recognizing intersecting client issues in areas such as intimate partner violence, sexuality, immigration/relocation, chronic pain, and issues of identity. Many individuals and couples have come to see me for support around relationships, work, health, family, sex, and creativity.
My approach integrates several scientifically supported techniques which I use intuitively, depending on the person and their unique situation. My counselling style is non-shaming, affirming, and direct, respecting you where you are at and considering you as a whole person—emotional, cognitive, physical, social and spiritual. During a counselling session, I ask respectful questions, listen attentively, reflect your experience, and offer practical tools and information to deepen your awareness of:
However you choose to express your beliefs, I hope to work with you to discover your strengths and dreams, and to help you align with your most empowered, most alive self.
Training & Credentials
I hold two master’s degrees from UBC, one in Counselling Psychology and one in Population Health Epidemiology & Occupational Health Psychology.
I have worked as a therapist in community counselling centres with adults and youth, providing individual and couples counselling. I have experience in facilitating support groups and workshops in the community, and also worked as a group therapist at a live-in treatment program supporting youth to find freedom from problematic substance use.
I have also been involved in university and hospital research, focusing on stress and the social conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age. I continue to grow with my commitment to wellness and have completed additional certified training in areas such as Anti-Oppression Psychotherapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy.
In my spare time, my passions are food, family, ocean breeze, and collecting vinyl records.
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