Areas of practice
- Anger Management Issues
- Anxiety and/or Panic
- Career Issues
- Family Conflict
- Life Transitions
- Personal Growth
Counselling practice website:www.hugginscounselling.com
I prefer a holistic, humanistic, and existential approach to therapy. I'm an avid believer that the quality of a therapeutic relationship is predictive of positive outcomes. Everyone is unique, and every therapeutic relationship will be as well. I draw on different theories and techniques when I see a space for them to be helpful to my client. Generally, I tend to use a client-centred approach to therapy. In my experience, an intuitive and open approach to therapy facilitates growth. I aim to create a nonjudgmental, compassionate, and honest space in which clients can explore all aspects of their lives and inner worlds.
Unravelling our stories, and making sense of ourselves and our place in the world often takes time, patience, and hard work. Part of this process involves exploring uncomfortable feelings, unfavourable parts of ourselves, and facing painful parts of our past. Often, therapy involves learning how to set new boundaries in our relationships, which can be challenging and unpleasant. Allowing a therapist to sit with you while you explore challenging aspects of yourself and your life is difficult, but almost always necessary for real change and movement to occur. Once we build trust, I encourage clients to go at their own pace and to venture to these hard places, in a supportive and safe environment. As a therapist, there is no better feeling than witnessing a client move through their pain and emerge on the other side.
We live in a fast-paced world, and therapy can be a refreshing space in which we are allowed to slow down and reflect. I believe in the value of human connection and the importance of taking a step back from ourselves to set intentions for the future. Therapy offers a space for this, which we can't always find in our busy lives. My aim for each client is that they will eventually leave therapy feeling empowered and in control of their lives, with a stronger sense of who they are, and what they want. I believe that anyone who prioritizes their mental health and dares to be imperfect and seek out help is deserving of respect. I always look forward to meeting new clients.
I have earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from UBC, and a Master of Counselling from City University of Seattle. I have over seven years of experience as a Mental Health Worker for various non-profit organizations and continue with ongoing training and workshops.
I currently offer online counselling through phone, Zoom, or Skype.