I am a queer, white settler born and raised in the unceded and traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlil̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples (Vancouver), as well as the q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), and Kwantlen peoples (Maple Ridge). As a teen I experienced firsthand the transformational benefits of counselling. After which I became a co-facilitator of a girl’s support group for at-risk teens; that experience inspired me to devote my life's work to helping professions with the hope of one day becoming a counsellor. Before being a counsellor, I worked and volunteered with children, youth, and adults in the fields of adult education, mental health, substance use, and street outreach. I believe my previous experience has given me a breadth of understanding in how to support people across the lifespan with various challenges and needs. As a counsellor, I believe I bring that experience along with a sense of warmth and authenticity to the counselling room. When I am not counselling, I enjoy spending time with my loved ones, attending events, being in nature, doing yoga, meditating, swimming, and painting.
I am accepting both individual and relationship counselling clients. I have a special interest and am experienced in working with members of the consensually non-monogamous as well as the kink communities. If I sound like a good fit for your counselling journey, you can book a complimentary 15-minute phone or virtual consultation with me before your first session. Counselling sessions with me may be covered by extended benefits. Receipts will include my supervisor’s Registered Social Worker (RSW) number - please contact your insurance provider to ensure eligibility if this is applicable to you.
Currently, I have completed my coursework in the Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and practicums at the SFU Counselling Clinic, Health Initiative for Men (HIM), and QMUNITY. I have had training and/or have studied in the areas of Exposure and Response Prevention, Anxiety Intervention Support, Person Centered Therapy, Interpersonal Process Theory, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Advanced Gender-Affirming Primary Care, and Gottman Method Couples Therapy (Level 1). I have also completed training in mental health first aid and intercultural communication. Additionally, I am a student in the Gottman Institute’s professional training on Couples Therapy (Level 2) and the Buehler Institute’s Foundations of Sex Therapy Program.
I strongly believe in the power of affirmative and holistic counselling. I strive to support my clients through an intersectional lens and believe that each person has a unique perspective and context that deserves to be validated and respected. My approach to counselling is gentle, collaborative, and strengths based. In my work, I support my clients in strengthening their understanding of their own story while holding space and empathy for the complexities of their human experience. As a previous educator, you may find that I often provide psychoeducation when appropriate as a part of my practice.