When you know it's time.
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor in East Vancouver, and I work primarily with adults and teens. My clients' experiences are varied: they've gone through a loss of something important, or they're finding everyday situations are presenting serious challenges, or they want to address an issue that's been there for a long time.
My clients have two things in common: a sense that things are not as they'd like them to be, and a desire and commitment to move towards the life they are meant to live. Through counselling, they come closer to the relationships, the work, and the day-to-day experiences that they want. They get more satisfaction from their role as a partner, parent, professional, friend. They proceed through life more at ease with who they are, accepting their strengths, limitations, and opportunities.
It's an honour to work with clients in this way, and I'm grateful for the chance to accompany people in this process.
My central belief is simple: We come into this world capable of meeting our own needs. At our core, each of us is wise, powerful, kind, and secure. But as life proceeds around us, we can adopt unhelpful coping strategies. We do this out of necessity, and they suit our immediate environment. But sometimes these strategies don't age well, and we need to come back to who we truly are.
I use a variety of counselling strategies in my work with clients. My framework includes aspects of Adlerian, Gestalt, Narrative, and Internal Family Systems therapy. I use these ideas to help guide my practice, but they are always in the service of the person in front of me. My approach changes to serve the needs of each individual.
I have a strong background in theory, but I work hard to make sure sessions look like what they are: a meaningful conversation between a committed client and a professional helper.
I offer both in-person and online appointments.