I am a geek at heart and I love learning – I completed a Master’s of Arts Degree in Counselling Psychology at the Adler University and attended the University of British Columbia for both my Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and my Diploma in Guidance Studies. My post-graduate training includes Trauma (PTSD, Complex PTSD, Dissociative Disorders), Attachment Theory, Chronic Pain, and Adlerian Therapy. My clients’ trust in working with me motivates me to pursue on-going training and therapy so that I can offer my best, inside and outside the counselling room.
My approach to therapy is based on warmth, compassion, respect, and acceptance – I truly believe that a trusting and non-judgmental counselling relationship is essential for good therapy. I am an inquisitive, playful, and encouraging person so those qualities are embedded in my practice. If you would like a therapist who can sit with your pain AND share laughs with you, I could be a good fit!
As the Founder of EMDR Therapy Group, I am excited that the people in our community has a place to access approachable and experienced therapists who are resiliency and trauma-informed! Because of the powerful impact EMDR Therapy has on people, I am driven to develop and strengthen a team of skilled EMDR therapists who are passionate about creating an encouraging environment for people to heal, grow, and thrive.
In addition to private practice, I have worked as a Parent Support Counsellor and a Child and Family Counsellor at Cameray Child and Family Services, and as a Clinical Counsellor at the Burnaby Youth Clinic. I have also worked with the EMDR Center of Canada as an EMDRIA-Approved Consultant, which is a comprehensive EMDR training program for therapists. I am committed to encouraging positive growth in the community and to promote the development of skilled EMDR therapists. My hope is to expand my roles in the community in the years to come.
I believe that joy is always present in our lives but can be hidden by life’s challenges. For one person, joy can be uncovered in the sweet scent of her baby as they share a quiet snuggle. For another, joy can be discovered in the warmth and strength of an affectionate embrace from his loved one. For some, joy can be found in the rhythmic tapping of the computer keyboard as creative ideas flow from within.
My belief is that balance allows for a fulfilling life. You do not have to sprint through life to be successful, nor do you have to be slow and steady at all times. I think it is helpful to be consistent and do things in moderation, with the understanding that there may be times when sprinting is both necessary and appropriate.
I believe that being honest with oneself allows for a more meaningful life. Therefore, I strive to be honest and true to who I am – my quirks, blemishes, and all. I understand the vulnerability that this requires but I also understand the emptiness of living a false life.
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.