My greatest wish in my psychotherapy practice is to help people become more fully themselves, whether they are in a time of dark suffering, facing a particular challenge or transition, or intentionally seeking more for their journey. I am a Registered Psychologist and have been actively involved since 2006 in training and mentoring future psychologists and psychotherapists through university faculty appointments in graduate professional programs at Wheaton College and at Trinity Western University. Since 2009, I have served on the core faculty of the MA in Counselling Psychology program at TWU in Langley, where I teach graduate courses, provide clinical supervision, and maintain an active program of research. I speak English and Spanish and provide clinical services in both languages. In my professional journey, I’ve had the privilege of working with girls and young women on the streets in Bolivia, in slum communities in Brazil, liaised with primary health care providers in inner city Chicago, and provided outpatient community mental health and private practice psychotherapy and assessment services in the U.S. and Canada.
In both my research and clinical practice, I aim to honour and promote the fulfilled potential of God-given personhood in each individual, by listening to and helping people express their voice, or authentic, embodied self. I take a holistic approach to my clinical practice, in particular drawing from my training in Existential Analysis and Logotherapy, Primary Care Behavioural Health Consultation, and Lifespan Integration Therapy. I also take a realistic approach and work with each client to set expectations and goals around the work we can do with the quantity and frequency of sessions that each client is able to commit to. Often, I mutually agree with clients to end our work for the time being, while keeping the door open to resume with other areas of focus or if a new need arises. I work with children, adolescents, and adults, and provide consultation and training to other caregivers, such as physicians and clergy, who may be facing vicarious trauma, or simply wishing to improve their sensitivity to emotional and mental health concerns in their work.
The kinds of topics or problems that I often work with include birth preparation and postpartum concerns, grief and loss, child and adolescent emotional health and family relationships, parenting, early relationship trauma or neglect, spiritual or identity crises, intimate relationship problems, posttraumatic stress, sex therapy, sleep problems, self-experiential therapy for other counsellors or counsellors-in-training, supervision/consultation for other mental health clinicians, and professional caregiver support. Clients often seek services because of depression, anxiety, burnout, or relationship dissatisfaction, and it is not until we begin our work that we identify more specific themes or targets.
As a parent, I know that children grow up incomprehensively fast, every day is precious, and love matters. Joy often comes to me in the everyday activities of trail walking, cooking and eating good food, sipping cappuccinos, and filling time with dear friends and family.