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