Sometimes the coping strategies which we habitually turn to are not supportive of our life styles and relationships. Counselling provides an opportunity for self-discovery and a space to safely explore historical patterns, identify goals and move toward desired change.
My approach is holistic and integrative and the beliefs which most directly inform my counselling practice are; I believe that everyone has the capacity for wellness. I believe the body holds immense wisdom and there is a complex interplay of biopsychsocial factors influencing distress and well-being. I believe health and wellness is not passive but a practice and that what you are thinking is what you are becoming. I also believe that change is not possible but inevitable. I believe you can feel better and by approaching issues with curiosity and openness your natural inclination toward optimal health and functioning will unfold.
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC), and I hold a Master’s Degree in Counselling from City University of Seattle. I completed undergraduate studies at the University of British Columbia in Anthropology where I focused on Eastern philosophies and perspectives. I am a 500 hour yoga teacher and also hold certification as a Trauma Informed Yoga Practitioner. I have engaged in extensive research on using the body as a resource in the therapeutic treatment of individuals exposed to trauma. I view challenges and wellness from a holistic perspective and my work is influenced by Eastern philosophies of psychological and physical wellbeing.
Areas of Practice
My training and experience has allowed me to work successfully with individuals or families in need of support with:
- Disordered eating
- Family issues
- Relationship issues
- Sexuality and sexual orientation
- Stress management
- Substance use issues
My personal experience with trauma has inspired me to explore many aspects of psychology, health and resilience. I am a mother, daughter, wife and friend. I care deeply about people and value my relationships over all else. I have an adventuresome spirit and seek the full range of human experience which has led me to remote destinations, exploration of diverse cultural perspectives and wisdoms, and to enjoyment of extreme sports. I love spending time outdoors running, hiking, skiing, boating and simply connecting to the environment around me.