How do people manage and transform difficult life experiences? If our innate creativity and sense of aliveness can be supported and encouraged, we are capable of great healing and development. This change is accessible by building our capacity to use both our thinking and our experiencing selves.
With this in mind, I have enjoyed working with adults in a number of counselling roles over the last eighteen years. My clinical experience has also involved counselling children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. I am currently focused on private practice with adults in areas such as grief and loss, shock and developmental trauma, disability, and personal development.
I hold a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria. My graduate research focused on adjustment to disability and the healing effects of journal writing. These interests built on my undergraduate work in Creative Writing and Psychology. I am a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, which is a specific approach for resolving shock trauma that supports the body’s own natural healing processes. Through this work I completed certification in the two-year Touch Training for Psychotherapists. Currently I am training in the second and final year of the NeuroAffective Relational Model™, a comprehensive approach for resolving developmental trauma that has been developed by Dr. Laurence Heller.
The value of volunteerism in the helping fields has long been of interest to me and I hold a Certificate in Volunteer Management from Camosun College.
I am certified with the Canadian Counselling Association and the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors. These memberships are voluntary, and show that I have met both provincial and national standards for education, professional conduct, and clinical competence. I am required by my memberships to abide by a Code of Ethics and to take part in continuing education.
I am a service provider for the Crime Victim Assistance Program and for an Employee and Family Assistance Program.