THE COUNSELLING PROCESS
To get the most out of counselling, one begins a process of exploration and growth to uncover different layers of ourselves and work towards being our best self. I strive to provide a safe space in which those entering this process can feel secure in allowing me to witness that journey, and to share my perspective and insight through every step. I can offer guidance and provide tools, but at the end of the day it is you doing the work and deciding what will be helpful to implement or incorporate into your life. I aspire to be worthy of participating in the process by providing a space that is respectful, honest, compassionate, free of judgement, and where you can allow yourself to be vulnerable.
I work with individuals, families, and couples, including adults, and youth 13+.
I collaborate with families in the many shapes and forms families take, both as individuals and in groups. This encompasses family relationships and conflicts, impacts of major life events, blended families, care-giving, children in care, and family reunification. My work with families also includes couples work, such as deepening connection, relationship conflict, relationship discernment, separation and divorce, single parenting, and co-parenting. Family work can be done individually as well as collectively.
I have experience working with people who have experienced trauma, sexual abuse, family violence, grief and loss, life transitions, exploring personal identity, self-esteem & self-worth, mental health and substance use, as well as residential school survivors and inter-generational survivors. I have a special interest working in the area of grief and loss, palliative care, medical assistance in dying (MAiD), and engaging the healthcare system.
As a Registered Social Worker, I am also able to complete Person's With a Disability Assessments.
I practice from a bio-psycho-social-spiritual lens encompassing healing centered engagement. I draw from family systems, attachment theories, emotion focused family therapy, lifespan development, collaborative helping, response-based practice, and mindfulness practice.
I have completed Levels 1 & 2 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and use this approach in my couples work, as well as an Emotion Focused Therapy approach. I also have additional training in Motivation Interviewing, Feedback Informed Treatment, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I have been privileged to work extensively with Indigenous communities over the past thirteen years, and believe my Indigenous and non-Indigenous roots enhance my ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds. My practice is centered on mutual respect and relationship, which I believe helps establish a safe space for personal exploration, growth, and healing.
I have found it useful to be creative in the work, especially when working with youth, and I am open to provide various approaches to therapy. This may involve art-based exploration, incorporating the outdoors, or holding space for ceremony and ritual when available and appropriate, including story telling, healing circles, and consultation with Elders.
I am a strong believer in living life present and mindfully and am happy to offer meditation practice before or at the end of counselling sessions. I have composed many guided visual meditations, and also pull from the work of John Kabat-Zinn, Jack Kornfield, Dr. Cheryl Fraser, and Dr. Tara Brach.
I am associated with Cedar Counselling, which is a collective of professional counsellors with diverse, advanced skills who are engaged in trauma-informed, person-centered practice and support each other through peer supervision. https://cedarcounsellingcom.wordpress.com/