Health and well-being has been a central tenet of my life for over a decade now, initially as a Registered Massage Therapist, and now as Registered Clinical Counsellor. I'm excited to explore the possibilities of wellness in a multidisciplinary facility like Local Health Integrative Clinic, and to being a helping partner in each client's own unique journey.
I live in Vancouver with my fiancée and our two cats, and I spent my free time playing board games, watching bad reality television, and crafting.
Vanessa is also EMDR trained.
My history as a health care professional has informed my counselling in that I believe any challenge we encounter will see impacts in our emotions, our thoughts, and our physical body. By tuning into all three, we can turn signs of distress into sources of insight, and as resources for self-soothing and emotional management.
Relationship is at the centre of my treatment approach, but I commonly introduce mindfulness, skill-building, body focused and role playing techniques as possible tools. I welcome individuals from all ages, cultures, genders, and sexuality, particularly members of the LGBTQIA2S+ community, and people struggling with chronic pain.