Canadian Certified Counsellor
Specialties: Children, Adults, and Addictions
When and why did you join Alongside You?
I met Andrew in the spring of 2017 during DBT Skills Training. He invited people to come down and check out the offices of Alongside You. Little did he know, I would do just that! I remember walking into the offices and saying in my heart: I would love to work in a space like this. Fast-forward to the fall of 2017 and Andrew was looking for recommendations for a female therapist. Our mutual friend and my previous manager recommended me. The rest, as they say, is history!
I joined Alongside You because I enjoyed the opportunities to walk “alongside” individuals, children, and couples. After working for five years in the Downtown Eastside, I love how AY is community focused on everybody utilizing cutting-edge technology and therapeutic techniques. They are creative and innovative in their mental health model; this is something I was looking for in my counselling practice.
What is your day-to-day role at Alongside You?
My day-to-day role at AY is working as a therapist. I meet individuals where they are at in their struggle or concern. I create a welcoming space to build trust with individuals and families needing help. I listen deeply to their stories, actions, and thoughts as well as listening to their feelings. I sit with people in their grief and trauma to create spaces for transformation, healing, and freedom!
What skills do you need for your role at Alongside You?
Listening skills! I’d like to think I can listen as well as I can communicate! Being heard is important to me, and I am privileged to give this gift to others as they work out solutions for their own lives. I utilize CBT, EFT, DBT techniques and skills as well as Gestalt activities and creative mindfulness skills in therapy.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
I am invited into people’s lives to create transformative change by listening deeply and walking alongside them to create the life and work they desire. I love caring for children – allowing them to have space to be aware of their importance and their feelings. Moreover, I love caring for the inner child within adults so that they can live free and loved.
What do you love the most about Alongside You?
I love AY’s philosophy for both clients and therapists. It’s a great community serving model while utilizing highly trained professionals to do what we do best: walk alongside individuals!
What would you be doing if you did not pursue the career path you have right now?
I’m in a pretty sweet spot in my career. However, I may still have some acting and singing chops in me! Look for me in the next commercial or Movie of the Week! You never know! Or a talk show personality, but I need a fun partner on set to bring out my fun, vivacious comedy stick! J Otherwise, I would just be reporting current events or documentary stories. Hmmm…talk radio or TV in my future?! There seems to be a theme…
How do you relax when you are outside of work?
I love to relax with my husband watching movies and trying out new eateries! I am a foodie at heart! I love the presentation and the art of food. I love entertaining friends picking foods and drink that compliment each other or have a themed party with corresponding food. A real treat is when I have several days to just curl up with a riveting fiction book, that beckons me to stay up late to read the next chapter…and the next chapter. Only to wake up to go boating on the water! I’ve been known to hang out at a spa for several hours too! I’m on the go a lot so anytime I can spend time in silence, rest, and rejuvenation by myself or with my loved ones, I’m all for it! On other days, I love having art days where I can paint, write songs/ poetry, and be creative!
What do you consider the most important value?
One of the most important values to me is the vulnerability. Being vulnerable to someone and building trust is hard. I have had to practice this in my own life, and I value creating safe spaces for people to come in and talk with me. So much good transformative work can be done as we co-create safe spaces of trust. I love doing this for and with people that come and see me as a therapist.
What kind of organizations/networks/communities are you connected/associated with?
I hold a Masters in Education (M.Ed.) in Counselling Psychology with a focus on Vocational Rehabilitation from the University of British Columbia. I am a Canadian Certified Counsellor (C.C.C.) with the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). I do continuous educational training with the Mental Health Academy. I’ve worked in the Downtown Eastside within an Alcohol & Recovery team developing and counselling individuals in transition to their careers. I’ve co-led an emotional awareness and resilient care groups for children 8 – 11years olds as well as led an informational psycho-educational group for individuals with a cancer diagnosis.