A clinical counsellor with over 12 years of experience working within the social service/ social change field, I have worked in various positions over the years as a Mental Health Worker, Employment Counsellor and currently as a Clinician working with individuals and couples. I work with individuals of all ages from 13 years on. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Psychology), and a Master of Counselling Psychology degree from Adler University (Counselling Psychology). Additionally, I hold certificates in Trauma Therapy, Telehealth Services, Crisis Intervention and Conflict Resolution, and am trained in Adlerian Therapy, Couples Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.
My professional experience includes over 12 years with various not for profit organizations providing individual and group support. Additionally I have experience conducting workshops providing job coaching, employment counselling, addictions support and life skills training.
Approach to Counselling
I work from the understanding that we all construct a view of the ourselves, others and the world based on perceptions of our early experiences; these perceptions provide a foundation for our way of "being" in the world. Making the connections between past and present, and making meaning of our behaviors, emotions and thoughts, and their functionality in the present, is part of the therapeutic process. In addition to drawing from Adlerian therapy, Solution focused therapy, Narrative therapy and Cognitive Behavioral therapy, I also work from a Feminist, decolonizing, anti-oppressive lens; with the awareness that life's challenges and transitions are further compounded by socio-structural and systemic barriers.
Understanding that each individual carries with them a variety of strengths, the therapeutic space will be your venue to build on these strengths and celebrate your resiliency, as we learn newer, different ways of coping with life's challenges. We will do this within a strong, respectful therapeutic alliance that ensures you feel validated, heard and respected. I subscribe to the idea that social connection and contribution are key to mental wellness.
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"Seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another, and feeling with the heart of another"
Alfred Adler on Empathy