I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a member of The BC Association of Clinical Counsellors – www.bc-counsellors.org. I have a a Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology (2005) from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Arts (1996) from Simon Fraser University.
Since 1999, I have worked with diverse populations and issues in the counselling field. From 1999 through 2006, I worked with children, youth and families in community outreach, schools, and residential settings. From 2006 until 2015 I worked for the Vancouver Island Health Authority as a mental health and addictions clinician, providing individual and group therapy.
I have been in full time private practice since Jan 1, 2016, where I work with individuals, youth and couples from a strengths-based, somatic, relational orientation that takes into consideration their contextual and individual stories that underpin their ways of relating in and to the world.
I believe that ongoing personal/professional development and consultation is integral to ethical practice. To this end, I am involved in multiple learning communities to explore new and helpful ways to live authentically and work with supporting people on their journeys and seek professional consultation. I have studied extensively, and continue to do so, in the fields of: trauma, attachment, emergent neuroscience, embodiment and somatic therapies. Since 2002, I have studied somatic therapies, initially with Dr. Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing – www.traumahealing.com, and from 2007 to 2014, Dr. Sharon Stanley’s Somatic Transformation Program – www.somatic-transformation.org, and I continue to be involved as a senior facilitator in the Bringing The Body Into Practice Somatic Attachment Psychotherapy training programs bringingthebody.com. Since 2016 I have been a member of Dr. Allan Schore’s Seattle Study Group www.allanschore.com, and 2019 I completed the William Alanson White Institute Online Intensive Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program www.wawhite.org.