Areas of practice
- Addictions - Including Substances
- Marriage and/or Relationship Issues
- Suicide Ideation / Survivor
- Trauma Counselling
- Critical Incident Stress Management
- Mindfulness approaches
- Motivational Interviewing
- Spiritual Counselling
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with over ten years of experience providing therapy to individuals in the Greater Vancouver area.
Change is difficult, and sometimes painful. The moment we decide we want to change some aspect of our life, can feel frightening and also hopeful and exciting. Maybe we want to address substance use that is problematic, an “addiction”, or to heal from some form of trauma, whether physical or emotional. Or perhaps we feel like we are living in a darkness or prison of depression, even suicidality, one that is difficult to explain or describe to anyone in our lives. This is when we need empathy and respectful, collaborative guidance as we walk the path of change.
For myself as a counsellor, it is an honour to witness someone’s life, their stories and experiences, to hold space for their pain, grief or sense of confusion. I practice EMDR, which is a type of therapy that many people find helpful for healing trauma, as well as for exploring other areas of struggle such as grief and loss, depression, anxiety and relationship complications. My intention is for someone to be able to leave counselling feeling like they have been seen and have been heard without judgment, and to believe there is hope for a good life.
I started my career as a therapist in the area of criminal justice, and then primarily focussed my practice on substance use and trauma. Prior to becoming a counsellor, I worked as a teacher in both Canada and the U.K. I have an interest in disaster response and emergency management, and volunteer my time with various organizations, including BC’s Disaster Psychosocial Services Program. It is these experiences that have given me a unique perspective and I have fostered my counselling practice based on a mindful and empathic approach that encourages resilience.
Here is now. Now is here.