I began a career in counselling after experiencing a significant battle with my mental health after the birth of our fourth child. I developed postpartum depression and anxiety. In my exhaustion and through treatment, I, often, felt the sting of stigmatization experienced by others when faced with mental health issues. The depletion that came with the depression sent me into the office of a therapist who journeyed along with me in my recovery. The trust, acceptance, and empathy, I experienced were critical to my healing.
I knew I was not alone in my pain and that was deeply meaningful. My greatest desire is to create a similar space where it feels safe to process the areas of life that keep us stuck, depressed, anxious and unsettled. I am holistic and believe that healing and wholeness come through the mind, body, and spirit. I am deeply grateful for the counselling relationship, I have had, and this experience shaped my desire to acquire my counselling degree.
I originally began my career as an elementary school teacher obtaining my Bachelors of Education degree from the University of Victoria. After teaching for a few years, I took a hiatus from work outside the home to welcome and care for our four children. As the kids moved into middle school, I returned to school and acquired my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology.
I work in collaboration with my clients to process and establish the goals of their therapeutic work. I attend ongoing professional development and continually seek out scientifically and clinically proven approaches to counselling work. My passion is to walk with my clients as they experience transformation. The journey involves being with another, primarily, because we should never go to these dark places alone.
Through my training and personal experiences, I know the relationship with your counsellor is key to the counselling process. This is why our office offers the free consultation. If we are not a fit, I am happy to refer you to another office that would suit you better.
"My greatest desire is to create a space where it feels safe to share and process those areas of life that keep client’s stuck, depressed, anxious and unsettled."
I began my formal education with a Bachelor of Arts through the University of Saskatchewan, and then proceeded to spend a number of years as an administrator. During this time, I got married, had three children in a very short time span, and moved a fair amount, so life was full! After 10 years, our marriage ended, and I found myself in a formal counselling relationship for the first time. My counsellor was understanding, empathetic, and yet pushed me to learn things about myself I had never acknowledged before, and to effect change in my life and how I did relationships. This sparked a desire in me to be able to help others the way that he helped me.
After being a single mom for 6 years, I remarried a man who was also divorced with one child. I had begun to upgrade my education so that I could purse a counselling degree when we were surprised with another child! That dream of mine was then put on hold for 5 years as I stayed home to raise our daughter. When I was finally able to pursue my dream, I began my Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology!
I love learning, and have participated in a number of additional clinically and scientifically proven training opportunities throughout my education. Along with my degree, I have also achieved Level II of Observed and Experiential Integration therapy; Level 2 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, an externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples and received training with When Love Hurts (a domestic violence group therapy).
I am passionate about helping people navigate marriages, and also working with people who have survived abuse as a result of my life experiences and subsequent training. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is the main ingredient for change in the counselling process, and strive to provide an empathetic, straightforward and holistic perspective so that you feel safe and heard in a way that helps you to find your voice as a result of the work we do together.
"I believe that I can help you with a holistic and empathetic yet straightforward approach to therapy."
Immediately after I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Counselling, I began my career working as a Residential Support Worker at a group home facility for at-risk youth. Within one year of working there, I was promoted to Resource Coordinator where I had the privilege of supervising staff and working as a front-line crisis worker. The years I spent working at the group home have shaped me to be the authentic, empathic, and hard-working professional that I am. I have experienced and dealt with some of the most challenging circumstances, all which I am eternally grateful for as each experience has made me a stronger counsellor.
My experience working with youth inspired me to continue my education so that I could continue to serve my community at a greater capacity. I attended Trinity Western University where I obtained my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology.
During my time at TWU, I spent a significant amount of time working with clients of all ages (children, adolescents, and adults) throughout different practicum and internship sites within the community. As a student, I also pursued additional training in trauma-informed and attachment-based interventions, as well as experiential and interpersonal therapies.
I am eager to continue to learn by attending workshops, completing online courses, etc., so that I can properly equip and teach clients the necessary skills and knowledge they need.
I consider it an honor to work with my clients and to hear their stories, I believe that therapy is a collaborative process in which the client and counsellor work together to create and reach therapeutic goals.
"I recognize that life is a journey where we are constantly learning and growing, and that therapy is a process that we choose to participate in."