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I became a psychotherapist because I didn't want people to be alone with their suffering, loneliness, confusion and shame like I had been. When I was 21 years old my marriage ended, I lost my home, I had no money or friends, was severely depressed, lacked self-esteem and external resources. The reason it disintegrated was so shameful that I couldn't tell anyone, except for the counsellor at the college I was attending; I felt emotionally safe with him. That was my first experience of counselling. For the next year I was tormented with "why me?" until I came to the realization that this experience gave me insight and compassion for another's suffering. I knew I needed to train professionally and I have, a Masters Degree in Education (Counselling Psychology). Ensuring clients have a safe place has always remained at the forefront of my therapeutic work. I learned about being a client and a therapist when I went for 90 hours of counselling in order to complete my 3-year certification training with the Gestalt Institute of Vancouver. After completing Level I and II of the EMDR training in 1998, I became certified, and joined a supervision group where I was client, supervisor and therapist. I had new skills to work more efficiently and effectively with trauma, past and current. It was Maureen Kitchur's brilliant Strategic Developmental Psychotherapy training that enabled me to create a road map of how I would work more efficiently with clients.
My second husband and I attended Harville Hendrix and Gottmans' couples workshops to enrich our marriage and then I trained with them and began working with couples. Seven years ago a group of clients, struggling with sex addiction were referred to me from a retiring therapist. My learning curve became steep and I trained with Partick Carnes of IITAP to become a Certified Sexual Addictions Therapist. My clientele expanded to include individuals, their partners and couples trying to recover from sexual addiction.
Clients who come to my office, report the tools they use to cope with life are no longer working, and that they feel anxious, stuck, depressed and discouraged. Their internal critic is brutal and unforgiving. They do not feel successful or joyful in their lives. Nor do they feel they have the internal tools to overcome their negative beliefs about themselves or to create a meaningful life.
My 25 years as a experiential, dynamic and integrative Registered Clinical Counsellor is ever expanding with newly acquired knowledge through research and professional training. My skills increase while my intentions remain the same, which is to provide a safe environment for clients to learn the skills and abilities to deal with the difficulties life hands them, to feel at peace and resolved about their past and to be able to make healthy choices about how to have a successful, fulfilling and satisfying life. I use my skills, knowledge, experience and compassion to assist people in creative a life that is right for them.
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