Counselling is a Spa Treatment for the Soul
Counselling can harness your energy and use it to get more of what you want.
We are close by in Victoria BC or online.
No matter what you are struggling with, remember that on the other side of this difficult time will be increased wisdom, the exciting potential of a better you and more of what you want. We all have a survivor inside of us, an innate ability to overcome even the most difficult of challenges. Talking to someone can help you harness the strength that lives inside you. That is the essence of counselling.
I graduated from the University of Victoria Educational Psychology Counselling Program in 2007 with a masters degree in Counselling Psychology and I am registered with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). My studies and training have focused on couples (all lifestyles), trauma recovery, First Responder stress injuries, multicultural counselling and the areas of self-concept and self-esteem. My training has included working with survivors of sexual assault, abuse and traumatic brain injury using in-depth client-centered therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, and a somatic experiencing framework. I am a . I am also a Gottman Method Level 2 trained couples therapist. I held a counselling position at BC Families in Transition – BCFIT (formerly the Divorce and Separation Resource Centre and now Family Services of Greater Victoria) for 4 years and a counsellor/case manager position at Lifetime Networks Victoria (LNV) for 6 years. LNV is an organization that builds safe and secure futures for those isolated and vulnerable due to disability within our community by developing and maintaining lifelong personal support networks that include family, friends and community. I held a position on the BCACC delegates counsel for 3 years and strive to continue learning and helping others educate themselves in the field of psychology.
I am approved to work with eligible claimants of the Crime Victims Assistance Program
I see therapy as an opportunity for clients to realize their own strengths and create the changes they envision for themselves through the safety of a supportive, caring and respectful client-therapist relationship. I believe in keeping therapy as brief as possible and focusing on solutions.
I use an integrative approach in my work with clients and supervisees, drawing from several different psychotherapeutic frameworks. I adapt the approach(s) that best meet the needs, goals, preferences, and situations of those I work with. I believe strongly in the importance of the counselling relationship and strive to create a safe, non-judgmental, and collaborative environment. I use in-depth client-centered therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, and a somatic experiencing framework but also integrate art therapy techniques, narrative work and an attachment theory perspective where it suits the client. The CEDRIC Method for working with addictions including food and exercise challenges (eating disorders) also underlies much of my work.
I work in accordance with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) Code of Ethical Conduct and I am dedicated to ongoing professional development.
Hours of Operation:
I am available for appointments Monday to Friday. In addition, I take appointments during the evening. Please call to make an appointment time that is convenient for you (250) 216-9422.
or by email: contacts page
Often, one the most difficult parts of counselling is just getting started. We all have a lot of reasons to put it off but if you are investigating your options now then you are on the way to healing already. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have about the counselling process and how you can get started over the phone: