Areas of practice
- Abuse - Emotional, Physical, Sexual
- Addiction - Social Media Addiction
- Anger Management Issues
- Anxiety and/or Panic
- Chronic Pain
- Death and Dying
- Dissociative Disorders
- Grief and Loss - General
- Marriage and/or Relationship Issues
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Sexual Assault
- Sleep Difficulties-Adults
- Trauma Counselling
- Workplace Issues
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)
- Gottman Method Couples Therapy
- Marriage & Couples Counselling
- Mindfulness approaches
- Narrative Therapy
- Process Work
Other languages spoken
Counselling practice website:healtogrow.ca
I am a compassionate and dedicated Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC # 17221) affiliated with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. With the expertise in individual and couple therapy, I tailor my therapy to meet the unique needs of clients who face challenges in their relationships and struggle with various mental health and somatic conditions.
My therapeutic focus encompasses a wide range of conditions, including depression, anxiety, phobias, obsessive behaviors, dissociative processes and complex trauma. Drawing from the highly effective Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) method, I utilize evidence-based techniques to support clients on their healing journey. Additionally, I integrate somatic interventions and internal family systems to provide a holistic approach that addresses the interconnectedness of mind and body.
In my approach to couple therapy, I draw inspiration from two highly regarded methods: the Gottman Method and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. These approaches provide a strong foundation for working with couples, as they offer flexibility and adaptability to address the unique challenges and dynamics within each relationship.
By incorporating the Gottman Method, I create a space where couples can openly explore and process their gridlock issues. This method emphasizes the importance of understanding and managing conflict, enhancing communication, and fostering deep emotional connections. Through various interventions and exercises, couples can gain insights into their patterns of interaction, strengthen their friendship, and develop effective conflict resolution strategies. On the other hand, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy approach delves into the underlying emotional experiences of individuals within the relationship, highlighting the significance of attachment bonds. By helping couples identify and express their raw emotions in a safe environment, EFT facilitates the healing of attachment wounds and the cultivation of secure and satisfying connections.
By merging these two approaches, I bridge the gap between attachment-based theories and behavioral/cognitive approaches. This integration allows me to address both the emotional and behavioral aspects of a couple's dynamic, and foster a comprehensive understanding of the presenting challenges. This holistic approach facilitates lasting change by promoting emotional safety, enhancing communication skills, and encouraging behavioral shifts that support the couple's unique goals.
I embrace a non-judgmental and non-oppressive approach when working with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds. As an ethnic minority in Canada, I can readily empathize with individuals who have experienced systemic racism and discrimination in their workplace and daily lives. I believe that as a mental health professional, it is crucial to advocate for social justice and gender equity within our community. Moreover, I am fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, and English, ensuring that language is not a barrier to therapy. This linguistic ability fosters a deeper connection and allows Chinese-speaking clients to freely express themselves and feel more connected with their therapist.
The Foundation of my work:
I believe that every soul has its inherent worth and beauty despite the damages and hurts from the world that might have darkened our lens to see ourselves and others. No matter what approach I use in my work, my intention is always to reawaken the lost connection to clients’ essence of being embedded with inherent worth and resilience. My understanding of this work is not constrained by the role as a counsellor or therapist, but I am also a witness in clients’ life journey seeking truth, moving past pain and distress, and reconnecting with oneself and others. This intention of work guides my endeavor to create a safe and warm space for clients, to encourage clients’ exploration on their inner strengths, and to provide effective treatments to clients.
- EMDRIA Approved Basic Training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy
- EMDRIA Approved Advanced Training: Looking Through the Eyes
- EMDRIA Approved Advanced Training: Toward an Embodied Self
- EMDRIA Approved Advanced Training: When There Are No Words
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Level II
- Gottman Method Level II
- Emotionally Focused Therapy Externship
Client fee individuals:140 + GST
Client fee couples/families:165 + GST/185 + GST