I believe that trauma impacts how we see the world, navigate through our experiences and connect in our relationships. The lives we live are built upon the lessons we learn in our families, cultures, peer groups, and in the greater society/world in which we live.
As a granddaughter of Holocaust Survivors, I grew up witnessing, but not understanding, how the violence perpetrated against my family members affected my own lived experiences. I have gained an understanding of how my own intersecting identities as a white, Jewish, cisgender woman living as an uninvited settler on Indigenous land, as well as my roles as a daughter, sister, partner, mother, friend and mental health professional all impact how I perceive the world around me.
We are not the product of a single experience or relationship, but sometimes one can feel so overwhelming that it overtakes all the others. As we build our relationship together, I welcome you to bring your entire self (or whatever feels safe) to the counselling process. Together, we can explore what you already know about yourself and build on that insight to find strategies that will make more sense in your daily life.
In my counselling practice, common reasons that people come to see me are:
Anxiety, panic attacks and depression
I have over 10 years experience supporting folk through crisis and trauma. Some of my experiences include counselling survivors of gender based violence, assisting folks living with mental illness and addictions, and short term crisis line support.
I am a Registered Social Worker with the BC College of Social Workers (#11907) and a member of the BC Association of Social Workers. I have a Bachelors of Social Work from McGill and a Counselling Certificate from Vancouver Community College. I provide counselling from a trauma-informed, collaborative, and anti-oppressive approach.
When not in the counselling room, you may find me exploring my most recent craft discovery, watching Netflix or walking through one of the many beautiful parks in the Lower Mainland with my toddler.
It is important that you feel comfortable with the person that is supporting you through change. I welcome you to ask me questions that would relate to your counselling experience.
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.