I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor, and Canadian Certified Counsellor welcoming new clients. I love the work I do, and aim to create a friendly, safe and supportive space where my clients feel comfortable and understood. I work from an integrative approach, meaning that I draw upon ideas and theory from different counselling modalities to best meet the needs of each client. Some approaches I use include client-centered and Cognitive Behavioural therapies, attachment theory, and mindfulness-based practices. I work with clients from a holistic perspective, focusing on mind, body and spirit.
I graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a BA in Sociology, followed by post-baccalaureate program in Counselling and Human Development at Simon Fraser University. I have a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology, and have completed practicums at Burnaby Family Life and the BC Reproductive Mental Health Program at St. Paul’s Hospital. I am a member of the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (#10191) and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (#2951).
I welcome teens, men, and women seeking help in the following areas:
Self-esteem, self-confidence, and body image issues
Anger management and stress management
Pet loss grief support
Life transitions and mid-life challenges
Relationship issues (LGBT friendly, poly, trans-positive, alternative families welcome)
Counselling for Parents of Children with Special Needs
I have a background in education, and training and experience working with students who have special needs or developmental disabilities, such as autism, Asperger’s syndrome, Down Syndrome, learning disabilities, AD/HD, acquired brain injuries or physical disabilities. I have also worked in alternate education programs with behaviourally challenged adolescents. I have completed the Autism Spectrum Disorders Course, and the Applied Behaviour Analysis courses through the Provincial Outreach Program for Autism Related Disorders (note – I am not qualified as a behavioural analyst or consultant). I have a strong interest in counselling parents who are raising children with developmental, physical, behavioural, or emotional challenges. My past experience informs my practice as a counsellor, and I understand some of the unique challenges parents face. I support parents with processing feelings, stress reduction, self-care, relationship issues, depression, anxiety and other concerns; encouraging a healthy and more resilient family.
Counselling for Postpartum Depression and Reproductive Mental Health
I have provided psychotherapy to women with reproductive mental health issues, and am passionate about working with women in all stages of the reproductive cycle – from teens to women experiencing menopause, and beyond. I offer support to women experiencing postpartum depression, and maternal mental health issues related to pregnancy, pregnancy planning, childbirth, miscarriage, and birth loss. I also provide counselling for concerns such as difficult birth and birth trauma, infertility, terminations, adoption, pre and post abortion counselling, pregnancy complications, and having a child with a serious illness. I also counsel women suffering from PMS, PMDD, and perimenopause.
Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP) Counselling
I am an approved counsellor though the Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP). If you are a victim of a crime, an immediate family member of a victim, or a witness of a crime, you may be eligible for counselling in order to deal with the psychological effects of the crime. CVAP offers financial assistance to help with the cost of counselling. For more information, go to VictimLink BC, and the BC Ministry of Justice, or contact me, and I will provide you with more information about the process.
For a free 15-minute phone consultation, or to book an appointment: