They say that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and that is certainly the case with my journey into counselling. I am the third generation in my family to enter the helping/human services field, and this background has helped me develop a compassionate, warm, and empathetic way of being in my life.
I began my professional journey at Simon Fraser University where I studied psychology, sociology, and counselling. I completed my Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Trinity Western University, which I chose because of its focus on the individual and systemic aspects that are part of each of us.
I am passionate about helping people understand their emotions, since at times they can seem so distant, overwhelming, and mysterious. I use experiential styles of counselling, including Emotionally Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and body-based modalities, in order to help people become more in touch with the fullness of themselves. In working with couples, I draw from the work of Sue Johnson and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy to help couples understand the patterns of interaction that occur between them, and to help them foster a relationship where they each feel safe, seen, and supported. I also have a strong research background in working with religious trauma and shame, especially in how it effects one’s sexuality. Further, my work in public health has provided me with experience and knowledge around substance use and other addiction issues.
As a therapist who is always learning and growing from my work, it is an honour for me to be able to step into someone’s life and walk alongside. I look forward to journeying with you towards whatever goals you may have!
Locations: Vancouver, Online
Availability: Tuesdays 2-8pm