My approach to counselling is rooted in empathy, compassion, and collaboration. I believe that every person has the capacity to heal and grow, and my role as a counsellor is to provide a safe and non-judgmental space for you to explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. As your counsellor, I will meet you where you are and work at your pace.
At Simon Fraser University, I obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Counselling, followed by a Master's in Counselling Psychology at Adler University. My clinical training involved extensively working with trauma, addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD/ADD, conflict in relationships and self-esteem issues.
I understand that seeking counselling can be intimidating, so we can take the first step together with a free confidential consultation where you will have a chance to meet me, ask questions, and learn more about the therapy process.
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.
Emotion-focused therapy (EFT) is a therapeutic approach based on the premise that emotions are key to identity. According to EFT, emotions are also a guide for individual choice and decision making. EFT is tested and proven for couples therapy, but it is also used to address individual depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress (EFIT – Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy)
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.
The goals of Gottman Method Couples Therapy are to disarm conflicting verbal communication; increase intimacy, respect, and affection; remove barriers that create a feeling of stagnancy; and create a heightened sense of empathy and understanding within the context of the relationship.