My professional life began in education. With my Bachelor’s in Education, I worked in private schools in the Fraser Valley. I took a hiatus from work outside the home to welcome and care for our four children. As the kids moved into middle school, I returned to do graduate work. My interest in the field of counselling began after I battled complex postpartum depression after our fourth baby.
Exhausted and anxious, I felt the sting and stigma of needing mental health support. The experience of Postpartum depression was isolating and lonely. When I finally reached out to a therapist, I learned that it was possible to recover. I began to believe I was going to be ok and, most importantly, I knew I was not alone in my suffering. The trust, acceptance, and empathy, I experienced were critical to my healing. I was no longer alone with my pain.
My greatest desire is to create a similar space where others feel safe to process the experiences in life that keep them stuck, anxious and dissatisfied. I believe that healing involves creating safety and undoing aloneness and that healing is a whole-body experience: mind, body and spirit.
I work collaboratively and experientially with clients. We will explore areas that need healing and help you feel resourced with resilience and a greater capacity to “feel” and deal with your life circumstances. My passion is to partner with my clients as they experience this transformational process.
This approach uses emotion-focused, experiential and attachment-based therapies that focus on affective neuroscience and neuroplasticity. I have Level 2 training in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) and passionately pursue opportunities for further professional development and personal growth. AEDP is an experiential approach where we privilege the positive, stay present through all waves of emotion and welcome integration of all parts of ourselves.
Through the experiential work we do, I hope that you discover your innate capacity toward healing and transformation. Together we will explore the difficult and sometimes avoided emotions and the painful, unresolved issues of your past. As you make new meaning of your past, you make room for a new experience of your present. These glimmers of transformation lead to more vitality and zest for life.
I offer individual counselling focussing on issues related to:
• life transitions
• relationships and healthy attachment
• anxiety, stress and depression
• emotional regulation
• personal and spiritual growth