“I didn’t know counselling could be like this…” These are client spoken words that have inspired and reinforced my counselling practice.
With an educational background in social work and clinical experience in both private and public services, I have thoroughly enjoyed many opportunities to develop a practice that helps people move towards health and wellbeing.
I work with youth, young adults, individuals and families experiencing concerns relating to depression, anxiety, relationships, substance use, self-esteem, grief and loss, personal growth, wellness, and abuse.
I view counselling as a purposeful conversation that:
...creates time for reflection
...gives space for healing
YOU are the driver in your own life – change can only be defined by YOU.ﾠ It is my job as your counsellor to support and guide you without judgment, to recognize and draw on your own moments of insight and to encourage you to take action – to engage with your life in full and meaningful ways. This is my hope for those I work with.
While each person’s situations are unique and varied, the experience of “a problem” can pull us away from being the person we really want to be and the life we want to be living.
As I have continually witnessed through the counselling process, moments of tension, confusion and uncertainty can be these possibilities for pivotal learning and growth…opportunities to move towards health and our greatest selves.
I practice from a therapeutic framework that is collaborative, strength-based and goal-oriented. I am committed to the goals of social work, promoting social justice and self-determination. I am sensitive to the stigma, shame and isolation that may be carried into counselling and work to create an experience that is comfortable, accepting and empowering.
I am a parent to a young daughter and share life with some amazing people I’m proud to call friends. Those around me know me to live deeply, with intention, integrity, humor and authenticity. These values are carried into the work I do as I partner with people in their unique, difficult yet wildly beautiful journeys.
Approaches to counselling: narrative therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, motivational dialogue and mindfulness.
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a Registered Social Worker, accountable to a Code of Conduct and Ethics and committed to ongoing professional development.