I'm Honoured to be a Therapist
Growing up in an unstable family shaped my decision to become a therapist. This realization came as a great relief as I finally found my life’s calling. Having always been an out going and personable person, I knew that I wanted to work closely with people and help them in some meaningful way.
To this day I still feel honoured to hear my counselling client’s stories of heartbreak, resiliency and triumph over life’s many challenges. Walking alongside my clients as they make changes in their lives continues to re-enforce my belief that through hard work attaining happiness is always possible. I know firsthand, because I have experienced this myself.
Why “Trailhead Counselling”?
A trailhead is the point at which a trail begins. Having hiked some of the most sought out and challenging hikes in the world, like the Annapurna Circuit trek in Nepal and the West Coast and North Coast trails on Vancouver Island, saying that I have a passion for the outdoors is a bit of an understatement.
To me beginning a hike at its trailhead is somewhat like the beginning of counselling. Counselling allows you to invest time and energy on your new journey, face some uphill battles, find time for reflection, and re-discover your strengths through a peaceful environment that promotes clarity and fulfillment.
I understand the type of commitment and energy that can come with embarking on a new adventure. Let the journey be the destination by expanding your horizons through therapy.
Specialized Counsellor Training, Education and Credentials
I believe that my learning as a counsellor should not end after graduation. Attending workshops and training programs on topics relevant to my field is very important to me as I strive to grow as a counsellor.
Here are some highlights of my training as a therapist:
- Member of BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (RCC) #12205
- Masters in Counselling degree from CityU. Thesis topic: From the Darkness into the Light: Women’s experiences with Chronic Pelvic Pain.
- Counselling Practicum: Broadway Youth Resource Centre
- BA from University of British Columbia
- Battered Women’s Support Services 12 week training program on violence against women
- Side-Stepping the Food-Emotion Power Struggle
- Ethical Decision Making for Practitioners Seminar
- Narrative Therapy Level One, 5 day Narrative Therapy Certificate Course
- Intro to Suicide Risk Assessment and Advanced Suicide Risk Assessment/Management
- Mid-Life and Aging Families: Clinical Approaches
- Two day Couples in Conflict workshop-Working Relationally with Conflicted Couple Relationships
- Narrative Therapy Level Two, 3 day Intermediate Training
- EMDR training - 50 hours
About MeIn my personal life I enjoy spending time with my partner of 17 years, listening to music, learning about nutrition, roller-skating, backcountry camping, hiking, reading, spending time with my family and going out for high tea.
I also have a passion for travelling and thrive on learning about other cultures. Multiculturalism has inspired me to travel to Cambodia, Costa Rica, Denmark, England, France, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Scotland, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, USA, Vietnam and Wales.
Please contact me to begin your journey and move forward with your life.
Professional Association Memberships
- BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (RCC)
- Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) #50035
- Child Welfare League of Canada