a trauma-informed anti-oppressive Registered Clinical Counsellor in Vancouver, BC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC, M.Ed) with a background in helping a diverse range of needs, including providing trauma-informed counselling to people facing childhood abuse.
I am also a mental health educator and supervisor; therefore I am always integrating new knowledge to inform my counselling practice.
A designation of BC Association of Clinical Counsellors
Background & Approach
In a counselling session, you can expect me to be supportive and curious about who you are and your inner world. I am compassionate and non-pathologizing. I will provide empathy and support, alongside gentle questions and feedback in order to help you work towards your goals for counselling therapy.
I am passionate about helping people find relief from inner pain, and am curious about what brings them joy. I support people to live fuller lives where they feel connected to themselves in an authentic freedom. I believe everyone can heal from past pains and traumas, and can create a life for themselves that they feel proud of. I know this is true given my time supporting childhood survivors of sexual abuse and adults who have faced complex childhood trauma.
I will focus on emotions that come up in session and be curious to what these emotions might be communicating. By listening to emotions and different parts of the self, I help people gently and safely connect to their body. I will use techniques from Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Somatic Inquiry (SI) to do this.
I know sometimes emotions can be overwhelming, therefore I will help people feel more grounded and ready to dive into these intense feelings by providing grounding techniques and breathing exercises and taking things one step at a time.
I am honest and genuine during counselling, and I am open to feedback to know if our counselling work is helping you. I also really enjoy focusing on what is going well in life, and I make time to celebrate your successes and growth. By the end of our session together, my intention is for you to feel calm, connected, and with a little more clarity than when we began.
Education & Certifications
Masters of Education (M.Ed) | University of Northern British Columbia
Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC #17913) | British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors
San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training: Core Mental Health
BCACC Foundations of Supervision (40 hours) January 2021-April 2021
Decolonizing Praxis: Supporting Survivors After Assault
Level One Narrative Therapy
Understanding Grief with Nancy Reeves
Crisis Intervention and De-escalation
Walking in Her Moccasins
Working with Aboriginal Populations
Sexual Assault Response Team Training
Areas of Support
I have a special interest in working with individuals living with chronic illnesses, and those experiencing:
Chronic illness and pain management
Childhood sexual abuse
Recent sexual assault
Trauma recovery and PTSD
Burnout and compassion fatigue
Depression and grief/loss
Helping professionals - nurses, counsellors, social workers, etc.
Life transitions and big life decisions