My Practice

When life brings challenges, we can open to new ways of understanding and being. I work from a hopeful place, holding out the possibility of integrating strong emotions and increasing self-understanding and confidence. My intention as a counsellor is to offer a safe place where you can explore your uncensored thoughts and feelings, working through pain and confusion to find your own strengths, passions, and purpose.

I work from a trauma-informed approach, focusing on safety, trustworthiness, personal choice, collaboration, and building your resiliency and skills in a way that works for you. When we cultivate a compassionate relationship with ourselves, we can heal the wounds from the past and learn to live healthy, meaningful lives.

I hold that each person has the inherent strength, creativity, and capacity to grow. I also believe in the interconnection of all living beings and the healing power of healthy relationships with one another, animals and the earth.

I work from an intention of honouring each person’s cultural identity, embodiment, gender identity, pronouns, sexual orientation and unique ways of being in the world.

 


Some of the tools I have found to be helpful in this work:

  • Embodied awareness
  • Mindfulness
  • Creative expression
  • Connecting to nature
  • Looking at the relationships between thoughts, feelings and actions.
  • Exploring family patterns.
  • Unpacking old, problem-saturated stories and finding new, hopeful stories

 


In particular, I have trained in:

  • Narrative Therapy
  • Trauma-informed Practice
  • Response-based Practice
  • Ecopsychology and Working Therapeutically Outdoors
  • Fostering Resiliency with Aboriginal Children and Families
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy
  • Suicide Risk Management