I first became interested in counselling in university when I sought my own help addressing a long history of intense anxiety and frequent overwhelm. This experience woke something up in me; an interest in not only better understanding myself, but understanding and supporting others. I started working as support staff in various addiction recovery programs in the mid-1990s, which sensitised me to the real suffering that exists behind struggles with substance use.
Further training and experience only highlighted that the vast majority of psychological and emotional difficulties stem from efforts to manage emotional distress. It is both my hope and experience that counselling helps to reduce suffering and improve one’s quality of life. My greatest pleasure in working with clients is to witness their growth and healing unfold from the work we’ve done together.
I completed my undergrad degree at UBC in Sociology, which continues to inform my work and world view.
In 2006, I received my Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology (now Adler University). I have been a member of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors since 2007 (RCC#2796).
Ongoing continuing education
- Somatic Experiencing (SEP Certificate, Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute – 2015)
- Certificate in Substance Abuse Counselling (Vancouver Community College – 2001)
- Multiple trainings in treating trauma with both John Briere and Bessel van der Kolk
- Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
- Trainings in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Trainings to support cultural competency
- Narrative Therapy
In my free time, I love to read about a wide range of interests, including psychology, social and political theory, history, spirituality and mindfulness. I also enjoy listening to obscure music, cycling, spending time in nature and enjoying quiet time with my long-term partner and our two cats.