Areas of practice
- Abuse - Emotional, Physical, Sexual
- Anxiety and/or Panic
- Career Issues
- Cross Cultural Issues
- Family Issues
- Intimacy Issues
- Life Transitions
- Marriage and/or Relationship Issues
- Performance Enhancement
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Self-Esteem Issues
- Body Centred Psychotherapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Cross Cultural Therapy
- Marriage & Couples Counselling
- Psychoanalytic Therapy
- Psychodynamic Therapy
- Relaxation Therapy
- Skype/Video Counselling
- Telephone Counselling
"When we are no longer able to change a situation—we are challenged to change ourselves."
To have my clients take up the challenge to change—this is the power I try to help them achieve. In my cozy office in the heart of Yaletown and right next to the seawall I work towards creating an atmosphere of comfort, safety, compassion, and respect to facilitate this change.
Many people have barriers blocking their ability to lead a fulfilling life. The conditions may be anxiety, stress, PTSD, trauma, depression, self-esteem, martial/relationship problems, family concerns or cross-cultural issues. My life's work has been working with individuals and couples to help move past these blocks.
I use both short-term and long-term psychotherapy to fit the unique needs of my clients. This may include a look at the past or an examination of the present. The focus may be the mind/body connection or gaining perspective of one's actions with others. I help clients to discover what is holding them back and develop better coping strategies to move forward. The goal is to realize self-acceptance and self-esteem. The goal is to feel relief and a new sense of freedom. The goal is to find purpose, meaning, and peace.
For clients who can’t face the workday, who are on stress leaves and temporarily unable to function in their daily lives for psychological and/or physical reasons, I use additional resources. Working with rehabilitation organizations and insurance companies, I help my clients overcome their difficulties in functioning and facilitate their successful return to work.
I also work with clients as an executive coach to support them to move forward in their career or to create a new career path. Leadership development, working with challeniging co-workers, skill enhancement, workplace balance, mentorship, handling change, networking and women's issues are some areas of skill development I support clients with.
I also offer group sessions to help clients manage circumstances such as life transitions, cultural adjustment, anti-racism, stress management and issues such as cultural identity and self-esteem.
As a registered psychologist, my fees are usually partly or fully covered by extended health plans and private health insurance. Employee assistance plans also cover registered psychologists. Psychological services are eligible as a health care expense on income tax.
I welcome your calls or emails for more information and would be happy to discuss your particular situation, assess your needs and determine how I may help you. If my services aren’t suited to meet your needs, I’ll refer you to another trained professional. My schedule is flexible, including sessions in the early evening and on weekends—opportunities for you to review your situation, renew your approach and realize the benefits of self-knowledge and mindful actions.
After receiving a Doctorate and Master's in Counseling Psychology from UBC and working in the public and private sectors, I continued my commitment to professional development. Today I accomplish this through affiliations with monthly peer groups, a study group and via online courses, scientific meetings and conferences. My professional appointments include:
- Past president of Western Canadian Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Association (WCPPA)
- Board member of WCPPA
- Supervising instructor for Counseling Psychology at UBC
- Oral examiner and supervisor for British Columbia College of Psychologists
- Developer instructor and mentor for SFU graduate diploma program focusing on cross-cultural issues
- FGI Shepell and other employment assistance programs
Client fee individuals:Cheque, Cash, Etransfer or Credit Card accepted