I am often told that I have the ability to find hope in what seems hopeless. Feeling heard and being understood without judgment are often integral steps toward significant change. During my 30+ years in the public mental health field, I have learned that most people can work through challenges, yet at times, we benefit from being reminded of our strengths and what we need and deserve in order to thrive as unique individuals.
I completed my diploma in Child & Youth Care (CYC) at Mount Royal College and then began my career at Woods Homes (https://www.woodshomes.ca/), both in Calgary, Alberta. Woods provides treatment and support for children, adolescents and their families experiencing significant mental health issues. I relocated to Vancouver, BC in 1993 and worked in various settings as a community school youth worker for 19 years. During that time, I also facilitated the CONNECT Parenting Program with Vancouver Coastal Health (http://connectattachmentprograms.org/) and completed my CYC degree and an advanced citation in co-occurring disorders at Douglas College.
All of these wonderful opportunities piqued my interest in mental health and confirmed my desire to complete my Masters degree at the University of Victoria. Since completing my MA, I have worked with Vancouver Island Health Authority delivering services as an Addiction Clinician, Mental Health & Substance Use Consultant, Single Session Therapist and Access & Crisis Response Clinician and my private practice.
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) through the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC), member number 16498. I am trained in EMDR Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solutions Focused, Strength Based and Narrative Therapy.
I welcome you to contact me for a complimentary 20 minute phone or video consultation so you can assess whether or not I am a good fit for your needs. I look forward to hearing from you and thank you for taking to time to visit my website and considering me as your counsellor.