How I Work
I believe that everyone has the capacity to continually learn and grow. Challenges start to feel overwhelming when you begin to feel stuck. Although I work with a number of different therapeutic perspectives including cognitive behaviour therapy, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing, my approach is grounded in being someone with whom my clients can feel comfortable with and supported. I encourage clients to talk about, explore, and challenge themselves to reflect more deeply on what they are experiencing. I believe this is a key to change.
One of the first steps we’ll take is for us to identify some of your goals for coming to counselling. Counselling goals are different from person to person. Some examples are learning to cope better with stress, dealing with anger, learning to be more assertive in relationships, or living with the loss of a loved one. Sometimes progress can be a matter of discovering answers, new tools or perspectives. Other times it may be finding a way to live with a set of circumstances beyond your control. Whatever the outcome, my goal as a therapist is to be with you so that you are not alone and to work with you to find the tools and capability to live through whatever challenges you are facing.
My Clinical Background
I’ve worked in the mental health and addictions field for over eight years for the University of British Columbia. I worked extensively with individuals living with a wide array of mental and physical challenges including depression, anxiety, suicidaility, trauma, drug use, and psychosis. I’ve also worked with youth, helping them to overcome self-esteem, anxiety, and family and relationship issues at the Guildford Youth Resource Centre in Surrey.
In addition to working at Honey + Garlic, I also work with individuals with Indigenous backgrounds at Vancouver Native Health Society’s Medical Clinic.
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors.
Areas Of Practice
Individuals (adults and adolescents 13+)
Grief and loss
Drug and alcohol use
If you have any questions, or want to see if we are a good fit to address your needs, I am happy to have a brief phone consultation with you.
Many extended health plans offer a range of coverage for counselling/psychological services. Please contact your provider for more information about your options.