I have known I wanted to be a counselor since I was 11 years old. In a pretty desperate place already at that young age, I entered into a counselor’s office and walked out feeling shame and increased helplessness. As I walked out I thought to myself, “One day I am going to be a counselor and I’m going to help kids like me”. Obviously what that meant for me at 11 changed dramatically over the years of schooling and my training. But now I look at that 11 year old me and her spark and determination in the midst of so much pain and fear, and I can see how she gave me purpose and hope that carried me through. That 11 year old was connected to a deeper innate healing intelligence that propelled me towards growth and change, and still does.
I believe that this innate healing intelligence lies in all of us. It doesn’t always show up like a drive to become a counselor, but it’s there. It’s there from the very beginning, and sometimes it gets covered up with so much pain and trauma that it’s hard to see or access. This is my overarching goal as a therapist; to help each client gain access to and trust their own inner healing intelligence, that they have what they need within them to heal. Part of what we find when we get in touch with this healing intelligence is that it always moves us towards relationships, though that too may be scary. Our healing intelligence knows that we are biologically designed to be in relationship, our greatest injuries happen in the context of trusted relationship and there is the greatest opportunity for healing in the context of relationship.
As a therapist I seek to help co-create a therapeutic relationship that acts as a safe container for these corrective relational experiences to take place. Often growing up we don’t have safe places for all the parts of us to be present, or to genuinely feel the emotions we are having. We learn to tuck away parts of ourselves, we learn that these parts of us don’t belong in relationship. Our caregivers do the best they can, but for many of us we are left alone in our pain, fear, suffering, for various reasons. My hope is that therapy can be a starting place to undo the aloneness of these injured parts of you. I seek to genuinely attune to your experience of me and your experience of yourself. Together with both our inner healing intelligence we get to be curious about your unique path to healing and growth. It is a profound privilege of my life to have the gift of walking this path with so many.
I also have come to believe that along with your inner healing intelligence, and relationship with loving humans, another key component of healing is relationship with your own body. Relationship with your body is not separate from your inner healing intelligence, so much of our natural ability to heal lies in the automatic responses of our body. But what we find as a result of injury and trauma is that our bodies’ natural responses get thwarted and side tracked. Together we will seek to help you come back into a relationship with your body, and the beautiful resource it can be for you. Slowing pacing with your own nervous system to build safety and trust in order to follow your bodies lead towards healing.
She is a Registered Clinical Counselor with the BC Association of Clinical Counselors (Registration #3339). She has been working in the field of psychotherapy since 2005. She has been trained as a clinical supervisor through the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy supervision course. She acted as clinical supervisor to both practicum and internship students at Trinity Western University in the Marriage and Family Therapy MA program for 8 years. Currently she owns, operates and clinically supervises a team of 7 associate therapists and intern students through her work at Re.Pose Therapy.
As continued education, research and supervision is a core value of hers, Danielle continues to be trained extensively in the services she provides.
Contact Danielle: firstname.lastname@example.org
Education & Trainings
Emotionally Focused Family Therapy – Mental Health Foundations
Emotionally Focused Couples and Family Therapy – Vancouver Couples and Family Institute
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing – Emdria
Compassionate Inquiry – Gabor Mate
Satir Systemic Transformational Therapy (level 1 & 2)– Satir Institute
Trauma, Attachment and Neuroscience – Bessel Vanderkolk
The Power of Self Compassion – Kristen Neff and Chris Germer
Somatic Respiratory Integration – Satir Institute
The Connect Parent Group – Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre
Adolescents, Attachment, Anxiety – Satir Institute
Trauma Therapy – Satir Institute
Childhood Sexual Abuse – Satir Institute
Neuroscience and the Sandtray – Satir Institute
Play Therapy with Marie Jose Dhase – Justice Institute
Making Sense of Anxiety – Neufeld Institute
Trauma Sensitive Yoga Therapy – Fine Balance Yoga (The Trauma Centre)
Understanding Abuse – MCC Canada
AEDP Immersion – AEDP Institute
AEDP Essential Skills 1 – AEDP Institute
Roots to Thrive
MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies)
Introduction to Ketamine Assisted Therapy – Polaris Insight Center