When we experience grief, loss, trauma or stress in our lives, it is normal for things to unravel. My passion is helping people who have experienced a traumatic/stressful experience, those who are grieving, and those who are impacted by mental health challenges or disorders. Many people find that talking with a safe, confidential person, who can listen in a non-judgmental manner can be very beneficial. My clients are children, adolescents, adults and families.
I have an inclusive approach in my counselling practice, including a culturally sensitive practice based on individual circumstances. I also practice with recognition, respect, and acknowledgement of the unique history, culture and traditions of Aboriginal people.
I am also strongly influenced by my work with women and children who have been impacted by violence, and the significant need for increased awareness of the impact violence has on individuals, our children and community.
My work is also influenced through my experience working in our school system. I was privileged to work as a mental health counsellor in our school district, and I learned a great deal about the importance of the well being of the school environment. My background also includes work as a mental health clinician with adults, children and youth.
I offer workshops and consultation for grief and loss and mental health. My services are covered by some extended health programs and employee assistance programs, and I am a registered service provider for the Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP).
I have a client centered approach, and believe that my clients are the experts of their own lives. My role is to help support my clients through their own journey. Everyone has individual needs and approaches to how they approach life challenges. My theoretical influences include:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Attachment Theory
- Supportive Counselling
- Solution Focused Therapy
- Interpersonal Psychotherapy
- Emotion Focused Therapy
- Mindfulness Based Counselling
- Motivational Interviewing
- Complicated Grief Therapy