I love my work: it is an honour to support people in creating positive change.
Education and Experience
I have 12+ years of experience counselling adults, and a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology from City University of Seattle. My thesis explored the value of the relationship between client and therapist, and was published as a book. After 12 years in BC, my family and I moved to Hamilton, Ontario in February 2015. I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Psychotherapists of Ontario (#2790).
Since 2004 I have counselled adults with concerns such as depression, anxiety, trauma, addictions, relationship issues, and grief and loss. I have worked with agencies including:
- Family Services of Greater Vancouver
- Raincity Housing
- BC Cancer Agency
- Discovery Youth and Family Addiction at Vancouver Island Health Authority.
Volunteer work has included:
- counselling clients with HIV and cancer at Friends for Life Society
- being a Big Sister
- supporting new mothers through the Pacific Postpartum Support Society.
My interest in body-centred work developed in massage therapy school and subsequently through work as an acupressurist. I ran a business called Body Mind Works, combining counselling with body work between 2004 and 2007.
I have trained under supervisors and teachers with Somatic Transformation and Hakomi expertise, and am an ongoing student of the Hakomi method. As of 2017 I am studying an approach called Internal Family Systems.
I have been practicing meditation since 2000 and believe in the value of integrating mindfulness in daily life. I have taught meditation to groups and clients alike.
Prior to immigrating to Canada in 2002, I worked in community development in both the UK and Nepal. I acquired a Bachelors degree in Social Anthropology and Comparative Religions (University of Manchester, England) and grew up in London, England.
I thrive on doing work I love, dancing freely, biking around town, growing vegetables (especially garlic), and in being in authentic, honest connection with others. I feel lucky to have a bright spark of a husband, Sean. Early in 2013 we journeyed into parenthood with the birth of Theo, and I was quite surprised by my experience… a wildish ride indeed. My challenging experience postpartum has led me to further training so I can support others in their transition. In early 2015 my family and I followed Sean’s roots back to Hamilton to be closer to family as we raise Theo.
I consider myself an ally of LBGTQ folks – I have counselled people of all ages who describe themselves as trans, gay, lesbian, bi as well as many people questioning their sexuality. I come from a place of enquiry and openness – staying away from assumptions and being opened to learning about each individual client. I seek to foster a world that is safe and welcoming for all people.
Since I was in my early 20s I’ve been an active user of counsellors so I know what it’s like to sit in the client seat. I’ve done a lot of inner work myself, both with counsellors and alone and with meditation and movement.
What I bring as a therapist
I invest a lot into developing a solid therapeutic relationship with clients. That involves being authentically me in it, bringing my heart-ful care as well as my intuition and my humour. It involves naming my process and being transparent. It might involve calling a spade a spade, or challenging you, or telling you when I think someone else might better be able to help you. In return I invite the same “realness” and feedback.