I strive to provide a safe place to share and be yourself. I believe people can uncover within themselves a way of coping and relating to their experiences in life, with strength and perseverance. I believe in the resiliency of the human spirit. My aim is to alleviate pain where possible, encourage growth, and work alongside you as you navigate through troubled waters, in a way that helps you feel at home in your sense of self, and to live authentically.
I am completing my Master of Education in Counselling. I also have a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care; as well as a Diploma in Child and Youth Care Counselling.
I have happily spent over 20 years working for the Surrey School District as a Child and Youth Care Worker, working with students who have moderate to intensive behavioural, social, and emotional complexities.
I also have extensive experience working with youth and adults who have developmental disabilities, and who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
I operate from a relational, person-centred, strengths based and trauma-informed lens. At the same time, I draw from emotionally focused, solution focused, cognitive behavioural, mindfulness-based and humanistic approaches with clients. The counselling therapies are chosen based on the personal preferences, tendencies, the therapeutic relationship we develop.
The perspectives I work from promote healing fundamentally from empathy and compassion. I have been enjoying my twenty-five years of experience working with children, youth and their families. The relationships developed are most important to me.
I also support children, youth and adults with a variety of concerns including:
• Grief & Loss
• Emotional Regulation
• Personal Growth
• Life Transitions
• Conflict in relationships
• Communication skills
• Issues relating to Covid-19 and the pandemic
I look forward to meeting and building a genuine connection with you, to help you on your journey.