I have always been a compassionate person and was drawn to the field of helping in my early 20’s. Early on, I had hopes to work in the field of health care as a nurse. However, my experiences lead me to finding my true passion in providing therapy as a registered clinical counsellor. When I made the shift to focus my career in therapy, I reflected on my own personal challenges coping with anxiety, while working with so many people who had similar experiences. It became apparent that they all shared a commonality; they didn’t feel empowered. Empowered to cope with life, to take control of their thoughts, to end unhealthy habits or relationships, and to change their life and overcome pain from the past. The fact is that emotional pain is inevitable in our life as things change. We experience loss and heartache, and things happen to us that might be out of our control. Pain is certainly inevitable throughout our life, but suffering is a choice. While suffering may be an unconscious choice, we cannot choose another path that we are not aware of. In my practice, I strive to empower clients to choose growth, to choose healing, and to desire meaningful changes in their life.
When meeting with me for the first time, you can expect empathy, humility, genuineness, laughter and transparency as I value safety in the therapy environment. I strive to create an environment where you feel comfortable to share your experiences and create positive changes by processing uncomfortable emotions or circumstances in your life. In the first session, you can expect me to inquire about what brought you to counselling, your symptoms if any, your current life situation and any history both relevant and non-relevant to your reasons for seeking counselling. From there, I work with you to determine a treatment plan that will support your goals. Regardless of whether you are seeking guidance for challenging life transitions, self-development, healing from depression, anxiety, grief and loss, anger and/or trauma. I truly believe that healing is possible, change is achievable, and that life can be beautiful.
I am a registered clinical counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, and a registered social worker with the BC Association of Social Workers. I completed specialized training in cognitive behavioural therapy at the University of British Columbia, as well as training in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy through the DBT Centre of Vancouver.
I am an EMDR trained therapist. I hold a certificate in Comprehensive Basic Training for EMDR therapy from an EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) approved training. I completed my specialized training in EMDR for the treatment of trauma at the EMDR Centre of Canada in 2020. Much of my counselling experience has been provided in the following areas: depression, anxiety, trauma, stress, anger, life transitions, grief and loss, self-esteem, and substance use.
I have extensive experience as a group therapy facilitator and a mental health therapist for Fraser Health Authority before opening my private practice in 2018.
R.S.W (BCASW) #13646
R.C.C (BCACC) #17075