Areas of practice
- Abuse - Emotional, Physical, Sexual
- Anxiety and/or Panic
- Cross Cultural Issues
- Family Issues
- Grief and Loss - General
- Life Transitions
- Marriage and/or Relationship Issues
- Personal Growth
- Self-Esteem Issues
- Stress Management
- Trauma Counselling
- Body Centred Psychotherapy
- Cross Cultural Therapy
- Expressive Arts Therapies
- Online / Virtual
- Telephone Counselling
- Video Counselling
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a private practice in Coquitlam. I also a part-time counsellor at Aster Wellness Centre in Port Coquitlam.
I am originally from New Zealand and moved to Vancouver in March 2000. This was one of several significant transitions in my life and I bring insights from these experiences to my work.
Prior to becoming a counsellor I was an accountant for over 20 years. This period provided huge learning about burnout, perfectionism, and stress, both in myself and in the people I worked with and mentored. During this time, I also discovered a passion for guiding people towards work-life balance through exploring and understanding their self-relationship. Eventually a chronic health issue I had struggled with for almost 10 years forced me to start taking my own advice! I began a journey towards wellness that led to a career change and a gradual transformative shift in my own relationship with self.
I truly believe personal fulfillment does not exist in some distant future. It is a potential we each hold right now but is often unrealized because well…life happens. I love supporting people through counselling as I know what's possible when we begin this journey. It is immensely rewarding to witness the joy and freedom that emerges on the path to self-alignment.
My approach primarily focuses on a person’s relationship with self. I believe breakdown in this key relationship is at the core of many issues including anxiety and depression, grief, difficult life transitions, interpersonal conflict, self-esteem issues, spiritual issues, amongst others. While I certainly support clients in addressing external factors that may block wellbeing, I believe enduring change occurs when we strengthen and transform the relationship with self.
So how might this look when I work with you? I guide and support you in exploring different parts of yourself, particularly those behaviors/beliefs that may unconsciously create personal distress. This asks for a degree of ownership or responsibility for your situation and that can be scary. Therefore, I aim to create a warm, respectful, and non-judgmental space in which we can explore together. The goal is to increase self-awareness so you more easily recognize ways of being that are unhealthy. With greater self-awareness, you can make different choices that ultimately lead to better emotional and physical health.
In addition to traditional counselling, I may use techniques such as focusing oriented therapy and expressive arts therapy during our sessions. My intention when using these creative and experiential techniques is to encourage a whole-person therapy experience. I believe healing has a greater impact when we attend to the mind, body, and spiritual self. Finally, each client brings a unique perspective or worldview to therapy and I acknowledge and respect this in any technique or approach I may use.
If you are interested in working with me, please send me an email. I would be delighted to talk to you further about my approach and answer any questions you may have.
- 1) Certified Focusing Professional. Focusing is a body-centred & person-centred approach to therapy developed by Eugene Gendlin.) 2) Certified Expressive Arts Therapist.
Client fee individuals:$140 plus GST for 75 min session
Client fee couples/families:$180 plus GST for 90 min session