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I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a certified Expressive Arts Therapist. I work from locations in Vancouver and Coquitlam.
My approach primarily focuses on a person’s relationship with self. I believe breakdown in this key relationship is at the core of many issues including anxiety and depression, trauma, grief, difficult life transitions, interpersonal conflict, self-esteem issues, spiritual issues, amongst others. While I certainly support clients in addressing external factors that are blocking wellbeing, I believe enduring change occurs when we strengthen and transform the relationship with self.
So how might this look when I work with you? I guide and support you in exploring different parts of yourself, particularly behaviors/beliefs that may unconsciously create personal distress. This asks for a degree of ownership or responsibility for your situation and that can be scary. Therefore, I aim to create a warm, respectful, and non-judgmental space in which we can explore together. The goal is to increase self-awareness so you more easily recognize ways of being that are unhealthy. With greater self-awareness, you can make different choices that ultimately lead to better emotional and physical health.
In addition to traditional counselling, I may use techniques such as expressive arts therapy, sand tray, and focusing oriented therapy during our sessions. My intention when using these creative and experiential techniques is to encourage a whole-person therapy experience. I believe healing has a greater impact when we attend to the mind, the body, and the spiritual self. Finally, each client brings a unique perspective or worldview to therapy and I acknowledge and respect this in any technique or approach I may use.
Prior to becoming a counsellor, I was a chartered accountant for a significant number of years. This period provided a huge learning about workplace issues such as burnout, perfectionism, and stress. During this time, I also discovered a passion for helping people find work-life balance through self-understanding and growth.
Ultimately, I changed careers through transforming my own relationship with self. I realized personal fulfillment does not exist in some distant future. It is a potential we each hold right now but is often unrealized because well…life happens. I love supporting people through counselling, as I know what is possible when we begin this journey. It is immensely rewarding to witness the joy and freedom that emerges on the path to self-alignment.
If you are interested in working with me, please call or email. I would be delighted to talk to you further about my approach and answer any questions you may have.
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