As a fellow human being I am intimately acquainted with my own experiences of pain. As a therapist my heart is to accompany others so that they may not have to walk through their pain alone, as this often compounds the suffering that is endured.
At the heart of human beings is a longing for connection. We long to be secure, seen, heard, loved, valued, accepted and delighted in.
When these needs are not met, human beings ache in what can feel like intolerable pain. To serve as protection from this emotional storm within, and to maintain connection we find ways to adapt and to survive. It is our resilience that allows for us to bounce back, although this process does not mean that we bounce back unscathed from what surviving required from us.
The isolating and painful beliefs that we hold about ourselves, which can accumulate through these relationships and experiences; can be transformed through having new experiences in attuned and attentive relationships, which can also include the therapeutic relationship.
As a counsellor my hope is to accompany you, to facilitate a space that holds the possibility for something different. The possibility to move toward healing, to connecting with self and others in authentic and honouring ways.
In regards to training and experience, I obtained my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Trinity Western University. I have been working in the mental health field since 2011 in a variety of capacities including roles within Child and Youth Mental Health and Kinghaven Peardonville House Society; which is an inpatient addiction treatment center for both men and women experiencing concurrent mental health and substance misuse disorders. I also have prior experience in private practice through my roles at both Brookswood Counselling and Life-Link Counselling Group.
I practice from a trauma informed lens. I work from a body focused, neuroscientific, and attachment framework with an emphasis on emotion processing, mainly through the theoretical approach of AEDP. I have experience working with a number of concerns such as anxiety, depression, addiction, self-esteem, identity, relational concerns and more.
It would be my honour and privilege to walk alongside you as you courageously step out into the profoundly meaningful work of counselling.