Sometimes in life people go through painful experiences and unexpected events. It is my goal to help people heal and grow through periods of transitions in their lives. Many of us experience loss, grief, unhappiness or a sense of loss when we transition from one role to another in our daily lives. Some of us lose people we love, dreams we can no longer achieve, changes in careers, the diagnosis of a child with special needs, a loved one entering Long Term Care, or who is ailing in health, Divorce from a spouse, the beginning of a new marriage, perhaps with a blended family. It is my honour to help counsel you during these difficult transitions and help you heal from these difficult experiences.
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) through the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCCAC). I am also licensed through the Canadian Counselling Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and hold a CCC license.
I completed my Masters of Counselling Psychology at Trinity Western University and began working in my own private practice in 2016. Before going back to school to pursue my masters I worked as a Senior Executive in Sales and Marketing. I believe that my unique education has allowed me to help people grow and develop and create change for themselves.
I work with clients who are often stuck and want to transition themselves, whether it be a change of career, how to make difficult decisions whether it be to leave or a job or a relationship. How to deal with the loss of a divorce. Helping people work through blended families and or helping someone to create a new life for themselves after a separation or divorce. I also work with individuals who want to manage their time better, take on more challenges or who feel stuck in a current situation. I often work with those individuals who suffer from anxiety or depression and need help dealing with every day life and stressful circumstances.
About 10 years ago I became involved in helping a family with special needs children and it was through that journey that I came to the work I am most passionate about; helping parents of special needs families. I also meet with children and work with them using play therapy. It is during those sessions that I assess children for ADHD, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Autism or and/or other types of learning disabilities. I then work with parent(s) to help them have their child formally assessed and diagnosed by a registered psychologist. Once the family receives the diagnosis I work with parents to help them get resources such as Applied Behavioural Analysis, and Behavioural Intervention, OT/PT therapy, additional counselling for the child and various other required therapies. I work with the family to help them get funding for these therapies through charitable organizations and through the application to CRA to receive the Child Disability Benefits. I also go into the schools with the parents to work with their school based team to develop robust IEPS’ for their child which will follow them until graduation.
The following list below are my areas of specialization and those I am passionate about:
CHILD AND YOUTH THERAPY
PARENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS ADVOCACY AND MEDIATION: