I always thought I’d be a midwife; I’m drawn like a moth to flame with big life events. Attending births, I found I can be with people in challenging, transformative, often painful places while keeping perspective that there is meaning and resolution to these intense labours. Off in the hinterland of northern BC in my early adulthood, I discovered that the process of personal change and reclaiming wellness often takes a similar path: incubating, struggling, emerging and rebalancing. And there I found my life’s work, therapy, where I offer my presence, knowledge from life and learning, and guidance through the trickiest moments. And in return, I’m graced by witnessing the amazing strength and emergence of people at any stage, any gender, in the big and the small moments. What a gift!
(And fortunately, unlike birth, a good majority of therapy happens in daytime hours!)
My orientation in therapy is primarily psychodynamic. This simply means that the way we experience ourselves, others and the world around us is shaped by both things we are aware of, as well as things we can’t quite see in ourselves (but might show up in experiences like anxiety or addictions or destructive interpersonal patterns). Therapy is a process of discovering yourself, what motivates your thoughts, feelings and experiences and making choices to learn and uncover ways to make your life and relationships better.
I have a master’s degree in counselling psychology from the University of Victoria and have wide-ranging experience with trauma resolution, life change counselling, couples therapy and positive psychology. Though more than any particular ‘brand’ of therapy, I like what works. So I’m trained in, and offer you skills based on: neuroscience and sensory-motor approaches, mindfulness practices, EMDR, the Gottman approach to couple relationships, narrative therapy and a good long list workshops and intensives over the past 20 years.
I maintain certification and am in good standing with the national Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, and am provisionally licensed with the College of Alberta Psychologists. In order to keep connected with growth and changes in our field, I volunteer as a peer reviewer with the Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy and attend regular professional development. What keeps me happy and whole is staying connected with my family and the natural world, in as many ways as possible.