"Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we are supposed to be and embracing
who we are."
- Brené Brown
Why I Love Being a Clinical Counsellor
The simple answer is that I am passionate about supporting people to grow and to heal. During my years as an RN, I became increasingly curious about how psychological health affects well-being and decided to pursue counselling as career. It was not until my early 30's that I developed a greater awareness of emotion and self regulation - through caring for people with dementia and learning how to be a parent and spouse I discovered a much richer (albeit sometimes more painful!) way to live. I am continually inspired by the willingness of clients to bring their struggles into the light and to ask for help and wish I had been able to do that more earlier in life. I too have experienced great suffering and am always learning about being human. You are not alone, I am alongside of you:)
I believe that every person has an innate ability to heal and to grow, and that skillfully supporting others to strengthen their mental health can result in lasting positive change for individuals, families, and communities. Being a clinical counsellor also continually challenges me to grow in my own relationships with the earth and it's people, and as a member of our local and global community.
I'm Learning and Practicing
I have a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology (MACP) and am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). I also hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN). I am licensed and insured and follow a strict code of professional ethics. I frequently participate in professional education, routinely engage in professional and peer supervision, and work well with other professionals in the broader health care system.
Nov 2023 - July 2024 AEDP Essential Skills 1 (Level 2 AEDP certification in process)
Oct 2023 Happily Family Conference: Mindful Parenting for High Needs Kids
Jan 2023 AEDP seminar: Healing Relational Trauma
Sept 2021 AEDP Immersion (Level 1 certification)
Oct 2020 NICABM Course: Master Program on the Advanced Treatment of Trauma
Apr 2020 NICABM Course: Working with Perfectionism
Dec 2019 NICABM Course: The Pain of Abandonment
Sept 2019 EFFT Core Training Certification
Aug 2019 NICABM Course: Working With Clients who are Stuck
June 2019 NICABM Course: Working With the Inner Critic