I am a Registered Social Worker (RSW) from Vancouver BC, with 7+ combined years working in child welfare as well as the mental health and addictions system. This experience has allowed me to be very well-versed in providing crisis driven services to vulnerable populations, as well as aiding families and loved ones to navigate these complex systems.
I am passionate about client-centered, trauma informed practices, and my hope is to explore your unique strengths to maximize your resilience and self-efficacy. My training includes both a Bachelors and Masters in Social Work from the University of British Columbia, as well as clinical training in CBT, DBT, mindfulness, domestic violence safety planning, and strengths-based interventions. I try to instill these skills in my own day-to-day, in an attempt to ensure a balanced lifestyle. Therefore, I hope to grow and learn alongside you in a therapeutic partnership helping you to address your concerns and make meaningful changes.
Depending on your concerns, goals, and needs, I utilize a variety of clinical approaches and techniques to assist you. Including but not limited to:
The focus of person-centred therapy is always on you and not on any diagnosis or categorization. As a Clinical Counsellor, I provide a climate conducive to personal growth and change. Through empathy and trust, our relationship will be productive, genuine, and non-judgemental. Together, we explore your thoughts and feelings, positive or negative, without the risk of rejection or judgement.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) focuses on the way you think (cognitive) and act (behavioural). CBT helps you to identify the relationship between your thoughts and your feelings. By making small changes to the way you think, you can ultimately change the way you feel.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) helps people to improve and regulate their emotions, create more tolerance of distress and teach the person to be more mindful and present while improving communication and the ability to interact with others.
A key component to solution focused therapy is helping you identify your strengths, resources and problem-solving skills. Together we can discover solutions that build on what you are already good at. We will utilize your existing strengths and skills as a basis for problem-solving and growth.
Mindfulness is a type of meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you're sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment. Practicing mindfulness involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress.