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I am passionate about my work and have an unwaivering dedication to my clients. As a client-centred practitioner my goal in every session is to create a safe, supportive, non-judgemental environment which allows my clients, from children to adults - to be themselves. In this authentic and safe space real change can occur.
I truly believe in the life-changing benefits of counselling for all ages and I take my role very seriously. I respect my client's unique backgrounds and stories. As the saying goes, I am comfortable with the good the bad and the ugly and it is all welcome in my office.
I have an extraordinary ability to be present with my clients and to contain and manage intense emotional states that often emerge during counselling sessions. You can count on me to be open, upfront, flexible, reliable, curious, creative, caring, knowledgeable, friendly, sometimes funny, collaborative and consistent throughout our sessions. I care very much about building caring relationships with my clients as it is within the safety of the relationship that will allow clients to risk being vulnerable and open to the possibility of change as they progress through the counselling process.
I believe that taking the step to begin counselling is a great act of self-care and that success in counselling can strengthen a client's relationship with themselves and others and give them the resources and capacity to overcome ongoing life challenges.
I have specialized training and significant experience working with children and youth. I have a lot of empathy for young people that has never wavered and a great ability to connect to this age group. I often have ongoing groups for school-age children and teenage girls running seasonally. Children and youth benefit from individual and group counselling. The foundation of counselling is built on the therapeutic relationship and techniques using expressive therapy. At times I will integrate EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) into therapy for youth who are needing to process trauma.
EMDR is the primary psychotherapy I use with individual adults. It is one of the leading treatments for resolving trauma and REALLY WORKS! You can change your life and move past the debilitating effects of trauma.
Lastly, I pride myself on being an ethical and professional practitioner and I am a member in good standing in the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, EMDRIA, the BC Play Therapy Association and the Canadian Association for Play Therapy. I am also registered with Crime Victim Assistance Program which funds counselling for victims of crime. Clinical Counsellors are often covered by many other third party coverages some include: Pacific Blue Cross, Sun Life Financial, Green Shield and Empire Life.
I hope to hear from you :)
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