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As a parent, you might notice your child struggling and may feel frustrated and powerless on how to best help. Your family is starting to have increased conflict and you are growing apart. In therapy, I work from a family-centered practice perspective. Research shows us that caregiver involvement in treatment for children and adolescents leads to more positive and lasting outcomes. I feel that caregivers have much to offer in their child’s journey towards better mental health. As a counsellor who has worked extensively with young people for many years, I have developed an integrative and dynamic approach that draws on a variety of therapeutic modalities and promotes a therapeutic relationship based on mutual respect and collaboration. One of my greatest strengths as a clinician is my ability to engage young people who have been reluctant to participate in counselling. Without successful engagement, positive counselling outcomes with youth and young adults will not occur. I have spent several years counselling youth and families just like yours and I am excited to assist you in your journey to a healthier and more fulfilling life.
I am a therapist who has specialized training in counselling adolescents, young adults and their families. I earned my Masters degree in Social Work from the University of British Columbia and am a registered member of the BC College of Social Workers (#09934) and the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (#14080). I have been counselling adolescents and young adults in community, government and health care settings for the past 10 years. Much of my professional work experience is focused in the areas of child and youth mental health and substance use. I am deeply passionate about working with young people and assisting them in their journey to overcoming their individual challenges.
As a therapist, I recognize the importance of meeting my clients where they are at in terms of their readiness for change. Many young people are ambivalent about counselling and others have had unhelpful experiences with counsellors they’ve seen in the past. As a therapist who has worked extensively with youth and young adults facing multiple barriers, not enough can be said about how imperative it is to be able to establish a strong therapeutic alliance so that young people can feel encouraged to engage in the counselling relationship.
In addition, I am a strong proponent of working from a strengths-based practice framework when counselling individuals and families. As opposed to a more conventional medical model approach that focuses on individual dysfunction or “problems,” I believe that all people, regardless of their personal struggles, come to therapy with inherent strengths and capacities. Through the therapy process, it is these strengths and capacities that can be mobilized into positive action.