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Reaching out for help can be difficult, and choosing the right therapist can seem overwhelming. First, let me acknowledge that it’s a big step that you have arrived at this point to be searching for the right person. But, how do you choose the right therapist for you, and for your specific needs? What should you be looking for? Academic credentials are important to some people, others are interested in the counselling modalities used by a therapist (e.g. CBT, DBT, or Narrative). And one shouldn't ignore the power of a picture or well-crafted website that can attract new clients.
But what attributes in a counsellor actually produce meaningful results? Research suggests that the most important factor in finding success will be the therapeutic relationship between you and your therapist. These findings are consistent with my own experience and I believe that the ‘fit’ between client and therapist is a key factor in finding finding meaningful and long-lasting solutions together. Therefore, the best way I can help you with your decision regarding whether I am a good fit for you is to tell you more about myself.
With regards to academic credentials I have a Bachelor degree in Criminology, a Master of Social Work degree and am currently completing a PhD in Public Health. With regards to professional counselling credentials, I am a Registered Clinical Social Worker. This professional designation means that I have been recognized by the British Columbia College of Social Workers for advanced knowledge and competency in counselling, assessment and diagnosis, and issues related to human development across the lifespan. I have extensive experience working with young people and adults with substance use and mental health issues in a variety of settings including both hospitals and community treatment. My counselling style is informed by both Narrative Therapy and Restorative Justice and I work collaboratively with clients to find creative solutions and unique outcomes to difficult times.
What would a counselling session with me be like? Firstly, you should know that I don’t believe in perpetual therapy that meanders along for extensive periods of time without a goal or purpose. I believe that both your time and money are valuable and that our therapy sessions should have focus. Our initial meeting will involve a discussion regarding the issue, or issues, you wish to address, time frames to do so, and ways that we can determine success together. I have extensive experience with both crisis issues and longer-term problems and we can work together collaboratively to address both, or either, of these. There is a link to my practice website on this page and I invite you to look there for more information about me and the services I offer.
I have an office in Burnaby but also offer outreach services and travel to clients. This has proven to be helpful especially for children and youth as well as busy professionals. Please contact me when you are ready to begin working together towards finding meaningful and lasting results.