I believe that people are designed for connection with others and that they feel pain and confusion when they experience disconnection. My wish as a therapist who works with people of all ages is to create a relationship that invites curiosity, exploration, and understanding that leads to personal growth, healing, and transformation.
I have an MA in Counselling Psychology from Trinity Western University. In addition, I have pursued training in Lifespan Integration (LI), Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), understanding abuse in relationships, self-compassion, and sand tray therapy. My trauma-informed approach is grounded in evidenced-based psychotherapeutic practices that integrate mind, heart, and body (somatic, neurobiological, and attachment modalities). This means that I use practical ways to help people shift their mental, physical, and relational patterns so that they can experience more wholeness, connection, empowerment, and growth. I desire to help people move from feeling dissatisfied with their lives, to feeling the peace and joy that accompanies living an authentic and connected life.
I work with families with children who have complex needs, in particular twice-exceptional children – children who have contrasting areas of both giftedness and disability. Through my research, funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), I listened to the stories of self-compassionate parents of twice-exceptional children. Additionally, as the mother of 3 twice-exceptional children I know what it is like to feel overwhelmed, discouraged, and stuck as I have navigated the many systems and daily challenges of raising children with childhood apraxia of speech, autism, learning disabilities, giftedness, and anxiety diagnoses. I desire to help parents experience deep, personal growth and flourish in the midst of the chaos and challenges of their lives.
I also specialize in trauma counselling, in particular childhood abuse and neglect, sexual assault, relational abuse, and traumatic incidents, such as accidents or witnessing a death. Some of the effects of trauma that lead to a constricted life are:
I have found that trauma therapy assists people in processing their experience leading to an expansion in life. It is a privilege for me to accompany people on the healing journey that takes them beyond the trauma they have experienced.
I am a creative, lifelong learner who values being physically active and I do an eclectic range of activities for my own enjoyment.