Hello! My name is Amber, and I use the pronouns she/her/hers. I am a counselling practicum graduate student at the University of British Columbia (UBC).
I feel honoured and privileged to walk alongside my resilient clients in their personal healing journeys. I believe that trauma can colour how we see the world in ways that are often incongruent with how we would like to show up for ourselves and those important to us. I am passionate about EMDR and other trauma-informed practices because of their potential to support the transformation and healing of both ourselves and our communities.
My role is to hold space for you to come as you are and for your experiences to be met with compassion, non-judgement, and tenderness. I believe that we all have the capacity to heal and grow especially in relation to others. Together through our work, we can begin to undo the aloneness that often comes with having traumatic experiences. I have a deep compassion and respect for the experiences that my clients entrust in me and through a collaborative approach, I hope to honour your lived experiences. Together we will establish a direction in our work that feels supportive of your goals and values.
I am a curious person who loves to learn and grow. I am motivated to seek out how I can better support you in my role and I encourage questions and feedback related to the counselling process. I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and my Bachelor of Education at UBC. I am currently completing my Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology. I have additional training in the areas of trauma, attachment theory, emotion-focused therapy, and narrative approaches. In addition to counselling, I have also worked as an elementary school teacher in Vancouver. I have a special appreciation for the unique challenges experienced by children, adolescents, and their families.
I believe connection, non-judgement, and trust are vital to building a strong therapy relationship. I think every piece of ourselves is important and together we will work with, rather than against, your experiences and emotions. It is important to me that you feel both safe and empowered throughout this entire process.
I am an Asian, settler, cisgender woman living and practicing on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. I welcome diverse clients of all cultures, genders, and sexual orientations. I appreciate that we all come with unique stories and histories and I think it is important to recognize and celebrate how these shape the way that we experience the world.
We all have a deep desire to be understood and seen. I believe that everyone is doing their best and wants to thrive. We all deserve to feel gotten and to receive support that is safe, non-judgemental, and responsive. I welcome you as you are and celebrate the uniqueness of your desires and experiences. Our differences are also our strengths.
I have a special appreciation for my client’s commitment and resilience and offer the same dedication to my clients. It is an honour and privilege to walk alongside you. I want you to feel whole heartedly supported knowing that I am here to hold all your experiences with respect and care no matter how big, small, or challenging they may seem. It brings me immense joy to work collaboratively with my clients to discover what works best for them.
I am here for you. I openly welcome feedback and actively want to know what is going on for you so that I can better support you. I value transparency because of its ability to build connection and understanding. I hope to build a relationship with you where you feel comfortable, safe, valued, and empowered to make decisions and grow in this process.
EMDR therapy may be helpful for those who have tried traditional talk therapy…
We would like to acknowledge that we live, work, and play on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.