I view it as an honour that my clients trust me to walk alongside them in some of the toughest and most vulnerable places through therapy. I desire for all my clients to live well out a stance of freedom and choice. I strive to provide a safe, compassionate, non-judgemental space for clients to work through tough questions. I wish for my clients to come to greater understanding of the past and to derive meaning from various life circumstances and experiences to heal past hurts and wounds.
I hold a Master of Counselling Psychology degree from Trinity Western University and have previously worked in cancer care, trauma counselling and community counselling services. I have my CCC (Canadian Certified Counsellor) designation from the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (#5390) and my RCC (Registered Clinical Counsellor) designation form the BC Association for Clinical Counsellors (#12301). I have further trauma training in Observed & Experiential Integration (OEI). I also provide couples counselling working closely with the Gottman Method.
I view clients from a holistic lens recognizing that there are similarities to our experience as humans but that it is important to understand your individual experience to heal from the hurt or experience and live a full life. I desire for all my clients to experience emotional and mental freedom living a life that is authentic. My hope is that whether it be a loss, trauma, relationship, family situation or illness, all these experiences can lead us to understand ourselves better and derive meaning out of our situations.
My approach is grounded in existential analysis (for more information see What is Existential Analysis) and integrates different techniques and principles from Observed and Experiential Integration (OEI), Satir Family Therapy and Gestalt. I believe that change occurs through experience and desire for counselling to be as experiential as needed through guided imagery, journaling, Observed and Experiential Integration or bringing the dynamic into the room through Gestalt work.
I am of Christian faith and can offer counselling from a Christian perspective. I acknowledge that these are my personal beliefs and that many of my clients will not share those beliefs. My own journey as a Christian has been instrumental in my own self-awareness and understanding. I welcome conversations you may have around your own journey of faith, however, it is not assumed that faith will be apart of the counselling therapy and will not be introduced unless you bring it up.