I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. I hold a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Simon Fraser University.
My clinical focus includes trauma, grief / loss, and stress management, as well as relationships, career, and personal development. I have provided individual / crisis / career counselling services and have facilitated psychoeducational / process groups in higher-education settings. I am trained in trauma counselling, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and group psychotherapy. I participate in ongoing training with the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine. I also have a professional background in historical and litigation research in the area of genocide and transgenerational trauma.
I have a strong interest in workplace mental health, particularly as it applies to first responders, medical professionals, and other high-stress occupations. I have completed training in first responder trauma and resilience, and am endorsed as a culturally competent clinician by the British Columbia Professional Firefighters Association (BCPFFA). I have worked with groups of medical students and medical residents addressing issues like stress, burnout, moral injury, and self-care, and I have served a supporting role in therapeutic enactment groups for military veterans. I am certified by the Justice Institute of BC in Critical Incident Stress Management.
I have a decade of experience using mindfulness, meditation, and movement to cope with anxiety and depression, raise mood, and enhance self-awareness. My graduate research investigated the skill of being mindfully detached from difficult experiences in a healthy way. I am a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) with training in trauma-informed yoga. I have completed training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, a trauma-informed approach grounded in mindfulness of sensation and movement. My core values as a therapist are exemplified in my efforts to support and collaborate with clients as they heal, gather strength, and discover solutions. My hope is to empower clients to find peace, renewal, and balance in their lives.