Registered Clinical Counsellor
Prenatal and postpartum counselling
Counselling is my calling. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#11848) and Canadian Certified Counsellor (#7486). I hold an MA in Counselling Psychology from Adler University, and a BA from the University of Victoria. I consider myself to be a strong advocate for social justice issues, and a lifelong mental illness stigma-fighter.
I celebrate human diversity and welcome individuals from all forms of families into my practice. I offer counselling services in-person in Victoria, BC, and around the world online. My featured service is in-home prenatal and postpartum therapy in Victoria, BC.
Life is beautiful. Life is excruciating. Oftentimes, it is both at the exact same time, and this can be very challenging.
I personally learn and re-learn that lesson every single day, particularly in my newest adventure as a mother.
My counselling approach begins with the belief that many people have not received the unconditional positive regard they need to feel well in body and mind. I offer you my genuine, non-judgmental support and belief that you are the expert of your own life and that your behaviours, thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations happen for a reason.
Major life events, such as becoming a parent, can often trigger the opening of old emotional and psychological wounds and evoke a desire to heal past traumas in order to fully embrace the new challenges ahead.
I am comfortable offering counselling using techniques from many theoretical orientations, including person centred therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, mindfulness, Adlerian, sand tray, and feminist and other systems approaches. Furthermore, I have training in clinical hypnosis, which is a powerful, positive tool to help people with a wide variety of issues.
January 2017: I have an office! I'm happy to announce I have work space I'm sharing with several other healthcare practitioners at 1005 Cook Street. I'm thrilled to be in the space I'm in - it suits how I work perfectly. It's a peaceful way to begin the New Year. I'm also pleased to be running another tutorial group for Adler University students in Vancouver over two weekends.
December 2017: Christmas this year is in Calgary with my husband's family, following a brief visit with friends in Vancouver. I can't believe how much snow there is in Vancouver and how cold and windy it is in Victoria!
October 2016: Planning a one-year-old's Hallowe'en experience, settling in to a new city, researching and looking for childcare, planning how to re-open my practice, making new friends, re-connecting with old friends, travelling back and forth to the mainland to conduct psychology tutorials for Adler University students, WHEW! It's been a busy month.
September 2016: Our five weeks of family separation finally ended as we found housing in Victoria, so my daughter and I were able to join my husband on the Island, where he's been working in his new job since mid-August. We're so relieved that we no longer have to live in two separate cities. The little one misses her Dad SOOOO much! It's very bittersweet (as mentioned before, I know) to move, as we leave truly spectacular people, our family-by-choice, many of them, in the Big City as we downsize to the Island.
I offer in-person counselling services at 202-1005 Cook Street in Victoria, BC, providing services for individuals, couples, and groups.
I also offer in-home counselling sessions for pregnant individuals at home on bedrest and for new mothers in the first few months postpartum, with a referral from your midwife or doctor.