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Lorraine's counselling style is warm, compassionate and hopeful, grounded in her passion and respect for the work of healing and noted for its balance of thoughtful reflection with practical skills and strategies: "I see counselling as a place where clients can tell their stories and explore possibilities without judgement, work on challenging and painful issues, and integrate new skills and strategies that assist them to reach their goals and move towards solution and wellness. I see my role as helping provide an atmosphere of safety and collaboration that gives opportunity for clients to utilize their strengths, experience emotional and spiritual healing and move towards healthy connection with themselves and others."
Lorraine has been counselling individuals, couples and families through private practice, community and government agencies for over 20 years. Although she provides therapy on a wide range of client concerns, her areas of special interest are anxiety and stress management, life transitions (relational, career, grief and loss, death and dying), relationship concerns, cross-cultural issues, spirituality and personal growth. She holds a Master of Education degree in Counselling Psychology from UBC and is registered as a Canadian Certified Counsellor (C.C.C) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).
Lorraine draws from a variety of theoretical approaches in her counselling - constructivist, narrative, solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral, cross-cultural and mindfulness based orientations. She believes that change involves the "whole person" and that understanding and supporting the mind-body connection can contribute to more compassionate inner dialogue and healthier relationship with others. She has particular interest and training in MiCBT (mindfulness integrated cognitive behavioral therapy) which is an evidence based approach that combines mindfulness training with the principles of cognitive behavior therapy to address a wide range of conditions.
In addition to her work as a therapist, Lorraine has worked extensively as an educator and trainer in the area of cultural and diversity issues, developing and teaching cross-cultural courses for educational institutions, and consulting with various agencies and organizations as they strive to be more culturally relevant. Her personal experience of being born and raised in Japan as part of the expatriate community, returning to Canada at age 18, has informed her view that inclusive work with clients involves being respectful and responsive to their unique psycho-social and cultural life experiences.
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