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My professional practice emphasizes individual counselling within a range of concerns; including depression, anxiety, trauma, anger management, illness, substance misuse, disordered eating, grief, and loss. The symptoms that one experiences can be viewed as the inner call to change some aspect of relating to oneself, others, or a life that is no longer working or congruent with one's current circumstances. I provide counselling from a collaborative strengths-based perspective, with careful attention to the body mind connection. Clients are given the opportunity to explore their inner workings in order to create greater self awareness, choice points, and opportunities for change. This in turn enhances their relationship with themselves and with others. Mindful awareness is foundational to my practice. Mindfulness provides access to inner resources that support personal growth and movement towards more authentic and fulfilling ways of being in the world. My commitment is to create a safe place where clients can examine and explore their inner expectations and feelings in a trusted and accepting environment.
I received a Masters of Counselling Psychology from City University of Seattle's Vancouver division. My background in Alternative Wholistic Health and Child & Youth Care informs my practice with a multiplicity of perspectives. Additionally I have had the great privilege of being mentored since 2007 by psychologists Dr. Stephen Gilligan, originator of Self Relations Psychotherapy and author of the Courage to Love; Dr. Harry Stefanakis, a leader in compassion based treatment and clinical hypnosis; and Dale Trimble, Faculty & Executive of the AEDP Institute.