I can help you with:
I have been married for 20 years, am a proud father of four beautiful daughters and one son.
- Anger and Agression
- Addictive Behavior
- Conflict Resolution
- Career Changes
- Family Dynamics
For a large part of my life, I struggled with undiagnosed ADHD and depression, which wreaked havoc on my school performance. There were some very dark years in my adolescence and although I didn't know it at the time, my experience (both personally and otherwise) was preparing me for a career in the helping profession. Many times I have drawn on my own experiences in attempting to relate to my clients and to communicate a sense of compassion and even companionship in suffering as well as the hope of healing.
During my time in the field, I have worked with a wide variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds, diverse ethnic identities, diverse socioeconomic situations, diverse mental health struggles, diverse spiritual leanings, and diverse sexual orientations. My wide variety of experiences has allowed me to have an individualist perspective, underscored by the importance of feeling loved and cared for, despite any differences in background or experiences.
My Master of Science degree in psychology focused on the neurophysiology of anger and anxiety and this has become my main focus on treatment, although using attachment theory as a foundation leads to visiting virtually every corner of the mental health spectrum.
Away from my field, I am also a songwriter, struggling artist, and have a diverse athletic background (although this is becoming more historic as time goes on).
So, that's a little bit about me. I hope you experience me as an open book and if you can relate to any of the information you have read, please give me a call or send an email and we can begin the journey of self-understanding together.
Every relationship begins with an exchange of information, so to get us started here’s a little about me.
I grew up in the Lower Mainland and have lived here nearly my whole life. For most of my childhood, I struggled with anxiety and although I was very fortunate to have incredibly supportive parents it wasn’t until I began to see a counsellor that I started to understand and value the importance of my own mental health. Learning more about myself helped me recognize signs of distress in others and really provided the perspective to be compassionate, open, and able to listen.
My mom is a teacher, and for a while when I was younger I thought I also wanted to be a teacher. Although, as I got older I realized that while teachers help many children, their job doesn’t allow them to work deeply with students who need extra support for mental health and behavioural issues. Counselling allows for deeper more individualized work and I found that this fit with how I wanted to help people.
When I was looking into counselling programs, I fell in love with a combined degree of counselling and art therapy. In my experience, there have been times when words fail, however, art can create understanding in a way that words alone couldn’t have. Art therapy works with the creative process to facilitate healing on multiple levels. While I believe that every person is an artist in their own way, my favourite part about art therapy is that you don’t need any artistic skills to benefit from it. I also understand that art therapy may not be for everyone, and providing choices is crucial in forming relationships, so what happens in the therapeutic process is entirely up to you. As a student in the field, I have worked in a variety of systems with very diverse populations. I have experience working with children, youth, young adults, parents, and seniors who have struggled with an array of mental health concerns.
Beyond counselling I am a watercolour and acrylic artist. When I am not busy painting, learning, or working, I love to travel. I have been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to study and travel abroad, however, some of my favourite places can be found right here in our beautiful province!
Thank you for reading this far. Hopefully, something caught your eye, or perhaps there was something that you were able to relate to. If this is the case, please reach out to arrange a meeting. I look forward to speaking with you!