Who Am I

My Education and Training

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 "There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in." Leonard Cohen

Having worked as a homeless persons counsellor for 14 years in England and Australia, specialising in trauma, supporting women, men and teenagers; I am passionate about helping people to grow, heal and achieve their best life. My understanding of the impact of mental health on total wellness has informed my holistic approach to my practice. I offer a safe and confidential space for people wounded by life to enable them to process and resolve painful experiences which have impacted their quality of life.

I am humbled by the openness and willingness of clients to bring their challenges out into the light and seek help, this takes courage and I recognise that. I believe that everyone has the capacity to bring about change in their life, to heal and grow. Implementing positive lasting change which will impact on their relationships, work and communities.

Many of my clients  seek assistance in the following areas:

- Trauma

- Abuse

- Anxiety and depression

- Stress management

- Communication Issues

- Relationship concerns

- Substance use & addiction

 

In addition to my services, there is an option for clients to request the attendance of either our therapy cat Minkles or our therapy dog Koda Bear. Minkles is a special needs Birman who experienced violence and abuse as a kitten and is the most affectionate cat who offers gentle love. Koda Bear experienced trauma and abandonment before being rescued by us aged 5 weeks, and is very gentle, loving and likes to ensure that everyone is ok.

Travelling and living in Australasia, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East (and now North America!), has offered a unique understanding that enables me to remove the walls of the boxes that people put themselves in; I see you. Having a broad spectrum of experience has given me my humanity, compassion and unique understanding.

"A designation of BC Association of Clinical Counsellors"

Education and Training

  • 1. My Academic Credentials

    I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors. My academic credentials include a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology and a Bachelor of Social Science Psychology Major.

  • 2. Client Care

    When it comes to client care I believe a solid foundation of training combined with life experience, on-going professional development, supervision, and peer consultation ensures that the counselling service provided is up to date, relevant and informed to enable a healthy recovery process for each client.

  • 3. Outside of Private Practice

    Outside of private practice, I practice mindfulness, meditation and combine these often in nature. I feel most at peace when I’m in nature or plunging my hands into the soil gardening.

  • 4. Relationship with Nature

    Wherever appropriate, I encourage clients to develop a relationship with nature to improve interoception (understanding of internal processes) and emotional regulation, develop mind-body-spirit connection and sense of well-being. Nature can be a powerful tool for healing.