I have been in service as a therapist for 14 years after graduating from a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria.
I am endlessly inspired by my connection with the clients I work with. I never tire of the joy it brings me to help others heal from past hurts, move forward out of stuck places andlive more satisfying and happy lives. I feel honoured to join with individuals, couples and groups in some of the most important and challenging moments of their lives. I join with people in service of the changes they seek, and am always changed in the process as well.
Genuine, heartfelt presence, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Somatic Psychotherapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy are the foundational methods of my practice. The process begins with my gaining a clear sense and understanding of you and your intentions for coming to counselling. We will work together to establish clear goals. Together, we will explore how your thoughts, beliefs and behaviours are making an impact. I will also assist you to gain awareness of your physiological responses and how to feel more regulation at the body/nervous system level. In this way we will not only be talking about the problem, but also supporting lasting changes at the level of automatic physiological and emotional reactions.
Experience and Education
1999 - BSc. -Biopsychology - University of British Columbia
2003 - MA - Counseling Psychology - University of Victoria
2003-2015 - Clinician - Nelson Mental Health and Substane Use
2005-2008 - Coordinator/Clinician - West K. Eating Disorders Clinic
2012-2013 - Interim Team Leader - Nelson Mental Health and Substance Use
2002- 2005 - Somatic Experiencing (Advanced Practitioner) - Foundation for Human Enrichment
2003- Changeway - CBT for Depression - Randy Patterson
2004, 2014 - Core Addictions Practice - Nelson BC
2005 - Motivational Interviewing for Eating Disorders - Josie Geller, Saint Paul's Hospital
2014 - Gottman Therapy Level 1 - Gottman Institute
2014-2017 - Knowledge Coordinator - Interior Health Authority
2015 - EMDR - Marchall Wilensky - Victoria
2015 - Emotionally Focused Therapy Externship - Vancouver Couple and Family Institute (VCFI)
2016 - CBT for Anxiety and Depression - Christine Padesky
2016 - Dialectic Behavioral Therapy - John Wagner - DBT Vancouver
2016 - Emotion Focused Family Therapy- Kelowna -Dr. Adele Lafrance
2017 - Emotionally Focused Therapy Core Skills - VCFI