I have a Masters in Counselling Psychology as well as a Diploma in Addictions and Support Work. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. I have spent the past four years as a front line support worker in harm-reduction based homeless shelters in Vancouver. I completed a 1 year Internship at Dragonstone Counselling before becoming an Associate.
I have been drawn to supporting people from very early on in my life. I noticed that people close to me felt comfortable sharing with me and I realized I wanted to extend this out to the community. Caring for others in an open, empathetic and non-judgmental manner seems to come naturally to me, so it makes sense that these are the characteristics that inform my practice.
My approach to Counselling is grounded in a Humanist-Existentialist perspective. I believe that creating a safe, open and collaborative environment is essential to facilitating dialogue that includes insight, acceptance and possibilities. In keeping with a non-directive approach I envision myself beside you through your journey. I align with Dragonstone's holistic healing for heart, mind, body and spirit. In an effort to honour the inherent resilience that I believe resides within us all, I incorporate practices that are Strength-Based and Solution-Focused, including mindfulness, imagery, and somatic techniques.
My current areas of focus are:
- Life transitions (relationships, home, work, school, loss, etc.)
- Trauma, violence, abuse, including vicarious trauma
- Depression and anxiety
- Addiction and substance use
- Gender and sexuality identification
- Polyamory and other non-monogamous relationship styles
I strive to create the most affordable, non-oppressive and flexible counselling services. I provide individual, couples, and family counselling sessions in person, over the telephone or skype at a rate of $110 per 50 minutes for individuals and $120 per 80 minutes for couples and families. I offer a sliding scale for those facing barriers related to finances.
Please feel free to call 604-358-5852 or email firstname.lastname@example.org me for more information or to book an appointment.
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