I truly believe that transformation is possible for each of us. This belief is what drives the work that I do with my clients.
I’m not talking about magical change, where you become a different person overnight and all your problems are solved -- but I am talking about real change that will slowly but surely take root and grow. We remain who we are, but we grow more comfortable with ourselves, more able to be present and grounded, more able to make good choices, and more able to distinguish our own needs from those of other people. We heal old wounds from childhood that have continued to limit us into the present day. I have seen and experienced that psychotherapy can lead to real and lasting transformation, and I love this work that allows me to witness and support that process in my clients.
Some of my primary interests and experience areas as a counsellor are LGBTQ issues, trauma, attachment/relationship challenges, chronic pain, and positive parenting. I have over ten years of experience helping people to heal and connect their bodies, minds and spirits. You can read more about how I work on this page, and more about my services here.
A little more about me....
Personal/spiritual growth, a desire to help make the world a better place, and the body-mind connection are three of the main threads that weave together in my life story. I have always been fascinated by the relationship between our own inner world, and larger societal change, and I really believe that therapy plays an important role in building a better, more just and humane world. We need healthy, happy, integrated people in order to create the future we envision! Before deciding to become a counsellor, I worked for several years in the nonprofit sector, committed to organizations working for environmental and social change. During those years, I also studied and taught yoga, and strove to learn all I could about the body-mind connection.
Eventually, I decided to pursue a Masters degree in somatic counselling psychology at John F Kennedy University, in California. JFKU is one of only three schools in North America offering a full three-year MA in Somatic Psychology. You can read a little more about that part of my journey here. I moved back to BC in 2012, following several years in California, during which I was fortunate to receive excellent training, experience, and mentorship.
I believe that every one of us is a work in progress, and my own therapy experience has been extremely valuable to me. I do not claim to have all of the answers, or to have arrived at some mythical place of perfect balance and happiness. But I do know that how I relate to myself, to others, and to the circumstances of my life has changed profoundly for the better, and I believe that real change is possible for all of us. As children, most of us were not taught the skills that are required to navigate the complex waters of our inner worlds. But it is never too late to let go of old unhelpful survival strategies, and learn new ways of being and relating.
I welcome clients of all races, genders, sexual orientations, and class backgrounds, and I am committed to continually educate myself about issues relating to privilege and social justice. I am always learning and I sometimes mess up, but I strive to challenge oppression in all forms, both in the world around me and inside myself. This is an ongoing and humbling journey!
I hold an MA in Counselling Psychology, with a Somatic Specialization, from John F Kennedy University in California. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, and I adhere to their code of ethics and high standards of practice.
When I'm not in my office, I'm usually reading, walking, out in nature, cooking, or spending time with loved ones.
Clinical Training and Workshops
- AEDP Institute: Advanced Essential Skills - 2017-2018
- AEDP Institute: Core Training - 2013-2015
- Comprensive Resource Model for Trauma: Basic Training - 2015 and 2016
- OEI (Observed & Experiential Integration): Level 1 - 2013
- AEDP Institute: Essential Skills Level 1 - 2012-2013
- AEDP Institute: Immersion - 2012
- PsychoPhysical Therapy Institute: Year-long Professional Training in Somatic Psychotherapy - 2010
- Pacific Center for Human Growth: Weekly training on LGBTQ counselling issues - 2011-2012
- New Frontiers in Trauma Treatment with Bessel Van Der Kolk - 2011
- Hakomi Method Group Case Consultation with Rob Fisher - 2011
- Body-Mind Psychotherapy: Workshop with Susan Aposhyan - 2009
Other Experience and Training
- The School for Body-Mind Centering: Embodied Anatomy and Yoga program - 2007-2008
- DONA Birth Doula Workshop - 2008
- Salt Spring Centre of Yoga: 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training - 2005
- MA in Counselling Psychology, Somatic Specialization: John F Kennedy University, Pleasant Hill, CA - 2008-2011
- BA in Envirionmental Studies and English Literature: University of Victoria - 2001