A therapeutic rapport that embodies feelings of trust and comfort are the tenets that will result in your counselling experience being a success . Often in the first sessions you will be able to determine if the counselling relationship is a good therapeutic match. I pride myself on my ability to build warm, caring and trusting collaborative relationships with my clients. My clients often tell me they appreciate my ability to connect with them, respect them, and guide them to look at their circumstances in ways they might not have on their own. This will empower you to make positive changes in your life.
I work with individual adults and teens on a wide range of personal and interpersonal issues. I have two primary areas of specialty. I work with women in mid-life who are experiencing struggles such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and anger as they relate to issues such as abuse, trauma, grief, work or parenting/family issues (separation, divorce, aging parents) life-changes and relationship challenges.
I also work with adolescents who are experiencing struggles such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and anger as they relate to issues such as abuse, trauma, bullying, stresses at school, family and sibling conflicts and alcohol and drugs.
With the right therapeutic fit I believe you will benefit from my expertise in helping you deal with the issues that you are bringing to counselling and therapy.
I earned my Master of Counselling degree from City University in Vancouver, British Columbia. I am registered as a Canadian Certified Counsellor (#6804). My therapeutic work experiences range from counselling adolescents, families and individual adults, both in private practice and in an agency setting.
I am an empathetic and compassionate listener, and I counsel without judgment. My goal is to cultivate a safe environment and develop a trusting relationship through the therapeutic conversations that we will share. It is my belief that the therapeutic relationship is integral to effect your desired outcomes. I believe that your personal story shapes you and influences the choices you make in your adult life. My clinical approach is to empower you around your hopes and possibilities you can access for healing, growth and change. I believe that with effective guidance all individuals have the tools and abilities to make desired life changes. Change may be something not readily embraced; yet individuals soon learn that they need to make changes to achieve their personal goals. My job will be to facilitate that learning and to support the changes you make on your journey to personal fulfillment.
I believe that the complexities of individual client needs cannot be addressed by one specific type of therapy. I draw from effective evidence-based therapies appropriate to your unique situation. I practice by integrating techniques from various therapeutic modalities tailored to suit you.
Therapeutic Modalities used in practice include:
-Brief Therapy (Solution-Focused Model)
-Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
-Family Systems Therapy