Who I Am
As a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) I hold professional licensing with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. I completed a Master's of Arts Degree in Counselling Psychology from Trinity Western University, 2009, where I was awarded recognition for the Integrative Practice of Professional Psychology. I completed a Bachelor's of Arts Degree from Simon Fraser University, 2004, with a major in Psychology/minor in Sociology, and coursework in addiction studies.
I have an extensive history working within a variety of social service agencies providing psychotherapy and advocacy to women and men struggling with mental health issues, addiction and disempowerment. I am currently employed with the Fraser Health Authority where I have been working part-time as a therapist within an outpatient eating disorder program for the last 7 years. Prior to this, I provided counselling for a wide range of personal, cultural, career and mental-health concerns to students within Simon Fraser University Health and Counselling Services. I also interned and worked as a addiction counsellor at the Sunshine Coast Health Centre, a meaning-centered alcohol and drug treatment program for men. Prior to my counselling training I have held employment in many other social service roles, including work with at-risk women and youth, and children with developmental disabilities.
My most recent continuing education includes coursework on Chronic Pain Treatment from a Evidence-Based/Mind-Body Approach with Dr. Howard Schubiner and Hal Greenham, 2022, Attachment, the Body and Relational Repair with Lisa Mortimore, 2020, Psychotherapy for Highly Sensitive Persons, 2019, Foundations of DBT, 2018, Introduction to Focusing, 2018 and coursework in Theory, Assessment and Treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia, 2014. Areas of personal interest and study include Eco-therapy, Neuropsychology, Holistic health/nutrition, Highly Sensitive Trait, Contemplation, Centering Prayer and Mindfulness.