I grew up just outside of Vancouver, BC, and was always drawn to people’s stories and the emotions behind them: I noticed details and incongruencies and emotional pin points. Career-wise, I was initially drawn to medicine, but what really intrigued me about becoming a doctor was truly listening to my patients and hearing their stories and experiences. The practices of counselling and psychology spoke to me at a deep level, and pursuing this profession always felt right in my heart and in my gut.
My path to parenthood was difficult and I felt utterly alone in my experience. I have since realized that fertility challenges are common though seldom talked about. The often rocky road to pregnancy, pregnancy itself, the emotional postpartum period, and eventual parenting are challenging times and can leave us questioning our own competence and mental well-being.
I feel so inspired to hear other people’s journeys, and enjoy counselling individuals who are seeking greater confidence, clarity, and connection. I continue to live just outside of Vancouver, BC with my husband and two children.
Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Adler University
Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of British Columbia
Master Class in Online Counselling
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy training
British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (RCC #12365)
My counselling style is warm, supportive, empathic, and clear. I aim to use a feminist, anti-racist, trauma-informed, and inclusive (LGBTQ2S+) lens in my practice.
I use several counselling approaches, including, but not limited to: Client-Centered Therapy, Adlerian Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
A Client-Centered approach means that, as a baseline, I will always be working to understand you; I will always be monitoring the integrity of our relationship; and I will always maintain positive regard for you, even in cases where we disagree. This approach alone helps people feel heard, gain clarity, and move forward.
Adlerian Therapy is similar to Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in many ways. It involves reflecting on your past, examining your currently held thoughts and beliefs, and finding a sense of community, belonging, connection, and significance. There is ample evidence that therapy that incorporates CBT principles is effective, particularly in addressing anxiety and depression.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy also includes some CBT processes, such as examining your thoughts and behaviours, but it also involves identifying your values and practicing mindfulness, among other things.