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It is my passion to be a warm welcoming presence for clients and families when they arrive at the clinic. My sense of compassion for the difficulties families face when a loved one is struggling with mental health or addiction issues stems from my own personal experience. The team of counselors I work with at EHN are incredible human beings who put skill and heart into their work and I am inspired everyday by seeing how our clients thrive in their care. I have been working with Edgewood in an administrative capacity since 1997.
Through my personal journey of self-discovery I began working as a therapist in 2007. I believe that a therapist’s level of wellness directly influences what is possible for their clients. I work with men and women faced with a variety of personal challenges including trauma, relationships and family of origin issues. I assist people to tap into their own innate resources and build skills to effectively manage their emotions and challenges and find a sense of self-acceptance and peace. We are all in choice and our capacity for creating wellness and fulfillment is a continual source of inspiration for me.
I have worked in residential and non residential settings with families experiencing addiction. I counsel in a way that invites curiosity, paying attention to the body’s signals and working with what is present. I tailor my approach to suit the client’s needs, using mindfulness, EMDR, CBT and Motivational Interviewing. I offer my grounded presence, treating people with kindness, respect and dignity.
Working in a team setting and participating in regular consultation (with client’s permission) ensures that I am providing the best possible care. I regularly engage in training in mental health, trauma and addiction in order to stay current in my knowledge and skills.
My professional experience has been primarily focused in the field of addiction and mental health concerns commonly related to addiction. People I work with often struggle with multiple related challenges such as anxiety, obsessive thoughts and compulsion, depression, trauma, grief, emotional instability, and interpersonal strain. I also work with family members and partners who are directly affected by their loved one’s challenges.
My approach to counseling is non-judgmental, collaborative, holistic and informed by Narrative Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Rather than focusing on illness or pathology, my goal is to elicit one’s internal motivation to create change, develop healthier lifestyles and establish enriched relationships.
I am a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) candidate and am currently seeing clients who are struggling with sexual behaviors that are negatively affecting one’s emotional, physical, spiritual, or social well being.
As a person in recovery, I understand the fear and uncertainty that comes with addressing problematic behaviors. This along with societal stigma can make it very difficult for individuals and families to reach out for help and name what is happening in their lives. I bring sensitivity and compassion to my work and offer a safe, non-judgmental environment for people to explore their situation and make important decisions about their health. Addiction at its core, is a disease of isolation and reconnecting with self and others is a vital step in healing.
Having worked in both residential and outpatient settings, I provided services as a sober companion in Los Angeles and worked as a family and couples therapist in community mental health settings there. I have specialized training in couples therapy, eating disorders and the unique struggles of people in the LGBT community.
I am registered with the BC Association of Clinical Counselors and hold a Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology.