As a “Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC)”, mother and wife, I am passionate about strengthening the relationship bond between child and parent, and helping women and families walk through life’s struggles. I specialize in counselling children, adolescents, parents, families and women. I feel very privileged to walk with clients through their life’s pathway and help them discover the glimmers of hope along their journey of growth and healing. I believe that people have an inherent ability to realize their own strengths and create new perceptions, as Marcel Proust states: “The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” Thus, the process of counselling involves a “journeying with”, through a relationship that is non-judgemental, accepting, trusting and challenging. I, therefore, really enjoy being part of a person’s journey in developing more meaningful relationships where one is able to grow in acceptance of self, and realize new meanings and hope.
I completed my Master of Counselling degree at ACTS Seminary, Trinity Western University in 2007. This was in addition to a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from University of Northern B.C. in 2001. Later in 2007, I became a registered member (RCC), in good standing, of the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). As a clinician, I believe it is important to keep up to date with the current research and literature on best practices for counselling, and attend regular workshops through the BCACC. I work from an attachment-based theoretical model that also integrates other therapy methods that have been found to be effective, which is based upon the current research of child and adolescent development. I utilize various methods that are developmentally appropriate and are evidence based, such as child-parent relationship therapy, narrative and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Satir’s family systems therapy, and art and play therapies, to help parents and adoptive families work through attachment and behavioural issues, anxiety, grief and loss and depression. By utilizing CBT, narrative therapy, Satir’s therapy and sometimes art therapy, I also help women through depression and post-partum depression, anxiety, relationship issues, grief and loss, personal and spiritual growth.
In addition to working with Altus, I worked as a school counsellor at Langley Christian Elementary School (K-5) for almost 14 years. This experience as a school counsellor has enriched my practice within the private counselling setting. I take great joy in working with a more diverse population at Altus which includes, older aged children to adolescents, families and adult women.