THE COUNSELLING PROCESS
To get the most out of counselling, one begins a process of exploration and growth to uncover different often complex 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. 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.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE/FOCUS
I work with adults as individuals, families, and couples.
I have a special interest working in the areas of grief and loss, medical assistance in dying (MAiD), palliative care, as well as those faced with fertility challenges and pregnancy loss. I care deeply about working with people who have been afflicted by colonial trauma, such as residential school survivors and people who have been impacted by intergenerational trauma.
I am passionate about working with couples to deepen their understanding and connection to one another. Couples work often focuses on impacts of major life events, deepening connection, and working through relationship conflict. I will also work with couples beyond to include family. I collaborate with families in the many shapes and forms families take, both as individuals and in groups. Family work includes family relationships and conflicts (both present and historical), impacts of major life events, blended families, and care-giving of children and/or parents, relationship discernment, separation and divorce (including co-parenting).
I practice from a bio-psycho-social-spiritual lens centred around healing centred engagement, also referred to as trauma informed practice. I draw from family systems, attachment theories, emotion focused therapy, lifespan development, collaborative helping, response-based practice, and mindfulness practice. In couples work I draw from the lens of Emotion Focused Therapy, and have completed Levels 1 & 2 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. I also have additional training in Motivational Interviewing, Feedback Informed Treatment, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
I have been privileged to work extensively with Indigenous communities over the past fifteen years, and believe my varied 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, 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 myself, 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/