I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master of Arts Degree in Counselling from the City University of Seattle. I am originally from Alberta and now call British Columbia my home. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor, “in good standing” with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors(Member # 11835). I have completed an EMDRIA approved EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Basic training course (Levels 1 & 2).
My personal approach is characterized by sincerity and respect. I strive to help clients effectively address challenges and struggles that they are facing. I offer a personalized approach in working with each unique client that focuses on fostering resiliency and developing growth.
My Counselling Approaches
There are several foundations in which I work from and they are introduced based on the issue(s) being presented in therapy.
Solution-focused Therapy (SFT)
Solution focused therapy is based on the premise that you have solved previous issues or problems in the past and that through guided questions and support you can apply those solutions to the current struggle. SFT attempts to look at positive things that are occurring already and therefore focusing on creating confidence and meaningful connections to self. This approach focuses on the client being the expert and on the present moving forward.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
This approach focuses on dysfunctional thoughts and the feelings and behaviours that stem from those thoughts. CBT involves understanding the behaviours we engage in and the thoughts we have that contribute to feelings of distress, and maintain or worsen the problem areas in our lives. CBT has been thoroughly researched and has been shown to be effective with numerous issues such as anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and substance abuse.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT):
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) gets its name from one of its core messages: Accept what is out of your personal control, and commit to action that improves and enriches your life. The aim of ACT is to maximize human potential for a rich, full and meaningful life. ACT (which is pronounced as the word ‘act’, not as the initials) does this by:
Teaching you psychological skills to deal with your painful thoughts and feelings effectively – in such a way that they have much less impact and influence over you (these are known as mindfulness skills).
Helping you to clarify what is truly important and meaningful to you – such as your values – then use that knowledge to guide, inspire and motivate you to change your life for the better.
Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on present thoughts and feelings. When you are being mindful, you create awareness with your thoughts and emotions without judging them to be good or bad. Mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience which can be a very helpful state of mind when we are coping in our busy daily lives. Relaxation techniques and reflection can help to ease stress and anxiety and help you to cope through difficult times that you may be having.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing:
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) utilizes the natural processes of the mind in order to successfully treat trauma and a wide range of mental health problems. To learn more about EMDR, please click here.