Hello, I’m Clara (my pronouns are she/her/hers). I’m a Registered Social Worker (#09760) and an EMDR Therapist. I’ve been a social worker for over 11 years, and I’ve spent many of those years working in community mental health in addition to private practice.
This has given me a strong foundation in understanding emotional pain, and knowing how to help clients transform their lives. I have a gentle and patient manner, and I also provide a queer-friendly safe space to hold my client’s stories and help them heal.
I feel honoured when clients place their trust in me and share their experience of trauma, no matter how major or minor it may seem. I love to collaborate with them to improve their worlds. I have deep compassion for their challenges and identify strength in my clients where they see weakness.
I’ve spent years offering cognitive therapies to clients, however EMDR therapy truly excites me because of its unique, holistic, and highly effective approach to treating trauma. I have also engaged in training for Ego State Therapy to complement my practice in EMDR Therapy.
In 2009 I obtained my Bachelor of Social Work degree from UBC, and I completed my Master of Social Work at the University of the Fraser Valley in 2012. I am very passionate about being a social worker and a therapist.
I am registered with the Crime Victim’s Assistance Program (CVAP) and the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) Mental Health Counselling Program.
As humans we are each unique, and I feel that people of all kinds, with our diverse selves, interests, wants, and needs, should have a safe, judgment-free place to find support and to grow. I don’t even believe in terms like ‘tolerating’ and ‘accepting’ people’s differences; instead I celebrate you for who you are and for your bravery to be yourself, and welcome you into my office.
At the very center of my work with others is my deep care and empathy for clients, no matter what they have experienced. You are worthy and deserving of compassion, and it can be a gift to work with a clinician whom you can palpably sense “gets it”, who truly feels for you, and who can sit for an hour with you, just holding your story ever so gently.
I have always made helping others my life’s work, starting at a very young age. I am here for this challenge whether it comes hard, or easy, or even when it gets messy. I love being there for my clients, I find it incredibly rewarding, and when I am sitting quietly in my office with someone needing support I always have my heart present and engaged.
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.