My Approach to Helping
"Life is water, not stone."
I came across this anonymous saying several years ago and, every day since, it has stayed with me. For me, it has been a wonderful way of viewing life, as a daily challenge from which to learn and grow, and is now a core principle of my therapeutic practice.
To live well is to learn: about ourselves, about those around us, and about the world that encompasses us. To live well is to learn how to flexibly shape ourselves to the needs of the moment but to also resiliently hold our shape when others would have us be what we do not wish to be. To live well is to avoid being rigid and unyielding and hard when we should be accepting and open, and welcoming.
I became a counsellor to go on a journey of discovery, with myself and with those of you who do me the honour of sharing your lives with me. Let's walk together for a while and see what we learn, about ourselves and where we fit into the world around us.
I am a registered clinical counsellor (18771) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. With a background in counselling and creative writing, I care deeply about understanding my clients and viewing them as valuable people with unique life stories who are more than what ails them. To this end, I am honoured to work with individuals from all backgrounds and to engage with the ways in which attributes like age, culture, gender, disability, and spiritual practice have shaped their lives.
I have assembled a diverse toolkit of therapeutic treatments, drawn from cognitive, mindful, and somatic traditions, that are built upon evidence-based understandings of psychological concerns and how to treat them. I am certified in the treatment of
• anger management,
• depression and mood disorders,
• eating disorders,
• grief and loss, and
More generally, I focus on providing support to people who are facing personal, interpersonal, and occupational challenges and transitions.
I believe that, despite the challenges that our circumstances place in our path, everyone possesses the ability and the desire to be who they want to be. It's a matter of cutting through those challenges to find our way forward. I consider it my mission to provide people with a safe environment in which to learn the skills and the mindsets necessary to blaze a trail to that ideal self and realize their full potential.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Trauma can numb our bodies, alter our moods, and distort our actions. Worse yet, trauma can influence us without us being aware of its role in our daily life. Even trained therapists can fail to recognize, acknowledge, and treat trauma in their clients. This is why I'm proud to hold a number of certifications in trauma treatment. I want to be there for my clients in their most difficult moments and to assist them in rebuilding their sense of safety, self-confidence, and sturdiness.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
By providing a confidential environment in which you can engage with a nonjudgmental therapist who is there to hear you, hold space for you, and assist you with their expertise, therapy can be a salve to heal your wounds. It can also be a fruitful environment in which you can plant the seeds for personal growth. Therapy is what you need it to be. And in a world that so often forces us down roads not of our choosing, having a place that is yours can be its own benefit.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
In creating rewarding relationships with people who are outside my social circles, therapy allows me to exchange ideas, help solve problems, and explore what it means to be alive. I find it to be a beautiful way to be enriched by humanity while also being of service to humanity.
My Therapy Focus
There is no one technique or approach that will work with everyone. We're individuals, with specific needs and specific ideas about the world. This individuality is wonderful, but it also means that treatment must be adapted to fit our own needs. I?m confident that we can find an approach that will unlock in you the desire and the energy to make positive change, for yourself and the people around you.
My Guiding Ethical Principles
I want to be of service. I want to be there for people. Doing that in a safe and constructive way is my ethical cornerstone.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
It can be hard to share our troubles with a stranger. It's also why therapy works. You get to explore yourself, unload your burdens, and benefit from professional assistance in a safe and confidential environment. It may be intimidating, but the rewards are worth it.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
We all have our challenges: mine are physical. Among other things, I am blind. But while I may not be able to see you, I'd like to think that adversity has given me insight into what it's like to live with the pain of our impediments and the distress of being judged for them. If you're struggling with your own challenges, I'm here to listen.