“You wander from room to room hunting for the diamond necklace that is already around your neck!” ― Rumi
I have been working within the Greater Vancouver, the Downtown Eastside and Vancouver’s LGBTQ2S communities for years, whereby I have learned about the intricacies of addressing the unique needs of those who were on their journey towards healing and growth. When I started my practice with a focus on substance use, mental health, and concurrent disorders, soon I developed a special passion in helping individuals struggling with post-traumatic stress reactions and post-traumatic stress disorders. I have completed some recognized training in trauma therapy models, such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (TF-CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and have been using these models along with CBT, CPT and DBT in my practice. Whenever there is room, I love to lean on existential therapy guidelines.
Passionate about de-stigmatizing substance use and mental health illnesses, I have been teaching at the Justice Institute of BC (JIBC) with their Substance Use program since 2015. Teaching the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) program courses at JIBC has enabled me to gain more in-depth understanding of how getting exposed to traumatic incidents can impact humans at different levels with different responses.
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.