Registered Clinical Counsellor
Specialties: Adults (individuals, couples), Children (12 and under) dealing with: adjustment, transitions, stress, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, burn-out, attachment and relationship issues
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Linguistics, University of Ottawa
Master of Counselling, Trinity Western University
Professional Registrations & Certification:
Registered as a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors(BCACC). Registration #3226
Certificate in Aboriginal Focusing-Oriented Therapy for Complex Trauma (Justice Institute, BC)
Certified Circle of Security Parent Group facilitator
SATIR Systemic Transformational Therapy – Level 1.
Additional training in treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma (simple and complex) and early psychosis
Additional training in attachment and Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy (EFT).
Additional training in Expressive Play Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy
I have always enjoyed meeting new people and listening to their stories. As a teenager and young adult, I struggled with some mental health challenges and over the years came to appreciate the role a therapist with a supportive, non-judgmental presence can play in helping someone navigate a difficult part of his or her journey. I appreciate the sacredness of one’s process of healing and find it an honour and privilege to come alongside someone to witness and encourage them. I have worked primarily with youth and families for over 10 years in the area of mental health with the Ministry of Children and Family Development. My experiences range from providing office-based services to diverse populations to community outreach and adventure-based outdoor programming with Indigenous youth. I have also worked in community mental health overseas in India and Nepal.
I work from a holistic perspective taking into account the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of finding balance. My approach is person-centred, focusing on strengths, meeting someone where they are at and proceeding in collaboration together. I endeavour to provide a safe and non-judgmental space for you to explore and process your experiences. The kind of interventions for individual adults can range from experiential, body-based exercises (focusing, mindfulness) to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). With couples, I draw from Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) and an attachment lens. For children, I often incorporate expressive modalities (drawing, art, sand tray) to facilitate growth and healing.
When and why did you join Alongside You?
I will be joining Alongside you in January 2018. After almost 10 years of working exclusively with child and youth mental health in the Fraser valley, I’m really excited to start part-time private practice and join this integrated clinic. I met Andrew over 10 years ago while we were both working on our Master’s degree, and shared some classes together. I always appreciated his authenticity and openness about his life journey, his vision, ambition and diligence to establish and evolve Alongside you.
What is your day-to-day role at Alongside You?
As a part-time associate therapist, I will be working mainly with individual adults, children and their parents. I bring an ecclectic approach to my work which is always respectful, compassionate and client-centered, meeting people where they are at. I find it an honour to get to know an individual and help them connect to their intrinsic value, gifts and wisdom to live more freely and self-compassionately.
What skills do you need for your role at Alongside You?
I have training in play therapy and Sandtray therapy for children. With adults I use experiential, body-based approaches including Focusing and Mindfullness. I value holistic – mental, emotional, physical and spiritual- approaches to wellness, exploring values, strengths and relationships. Working for the Public Service in mental health as well as through the Justice Institute I have extensive training and experience in trauma-informed therapy for complex trauma, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavoural Therapy and Early Psychosis Intervention. I am a certified Connect Parent facilitator as well as certified Circle of Security Parent group facilitator.
– certified Connect Parent facilitator (attachment-based parenting group based out of MAPLES)
– certified Circle of Security Parent group facilitator (attachment-based group for parents of infants/toddlers)
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
I really enjoy joining someone on their journey and truly helping them to be more accepting of themselves and to find courage to make changes that are more congruent and life-giving. As someone who has in the past struggled with anxiety, depression and finding my own voice, it is rewarding to help others do the same.
What would you be doing if you did not pursue the career path you have right now?
I would love to join an organization like Doctors without Borders and be an international mental health consultant /advisor, travelling from country to country. I have previously done community mental health work for a year in India at an orphanage, and some consulting and teaching in Nepal. I might also be a librarian – I am often raving about the latest book discovery.
How do you relax when you are outside of work?
I like to swim and soak in the hot tub at the local rec centre, read inspiring autobiographies, spend quality time with loved ones, explore the outdoors and travel to new places. I love learning about and experiencing other cultures.
What do you consider the most important value?
I really value open-mindedness (non-judgmental listening) and authenticity.