Get to know me
Over the past several years, I have had the privilege to work with youth and adults during some of the most difficult and painful periods of their lives. After completing my degree in Addiction Counselling from the University of Lethbridge, I returned to my hometown of Calgary, AB where I spent many years working with individuals struggling with substance use and related issues. I later moved to beautiful Vancouver, where I completed my Masters of Counselling degree at the City University of Seattle. I bring a wide array of knowledge and ability to work with those struggling with depression, anxiety, substance use, and trauma, as well as supporting individuals through difficult life transitions or grief and loss. My experience includes youth and adult residential addiction treatment, outpatient addiction treatment (substance use and eating disorders), women-specific counselling, and trauma counselling. In addition, I have provided training and consultation to professionals and agencies. My work with clients has allowed me to learn about strength and resiliency, and the capacity of each individual to move through change in their own way, and at their own pace.
Outside of the office you can often find me on my bike, either commuting or enjoying some of Vancouver's bike routes. I also have a great love of sunsets, and sea life- I am always on the lookout for seals, otters, and whales!
Get in touch
Different approaches work for different people- we are all unique individuals. That’s why I offer free consultations to give you the opportunity to see if I am the right counsellor for you
How I work...
You, your story, and your sense of safety is priority in each session. I prioritize each person as an individual, and as the expert in their life. In addition to this person-centered approach, I utilize Solution-Focused, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Narrative approaches, as well as trauma-informed practices. I am trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (Level I, currently completing Level II), which is a body-focused therapy used effectively for resolving trauma. This approach is also effective for exploring core beliefs that are holding you back and creating unhelpful patterns in your life. You can learn more about this unique approach on their website here. I believe that each person has the capacity to achieve their goals and feel settled in their emotional self. Sometimes this is achieve through talking, and other times we allow the body to share the story through somatic based approaches. I also believe there is space for laughter and joy in counselling; despite the hard work, many moments of joy can be experienced together as well.
I am a member in good standing with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC membership # 13104). Information about this association, client session fee schedule, and the ethics I am committed to can be found on their website at bc-counsellors.org.
City University of Seattle
Masters of Counselling, 2015
University of Lethbridge
Bachelor of Health Sciences (Addiction Counselling), 2005
• Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Level 1 (2016)
• Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Level 2 (2017)
• Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (2006)
• Overdose Prevention Society (OPS)