At times, it seems there are obstacles standing in the way of living freely and authentically. These experiences and stressors can cloud our perspective, prevent us from enjoying life, and inhibit our ability to thrive. We long for connection, stability, and predictability; but sometimes, it feels like we're lost.
Hi. I'm Fiona, a Registered Clinical Counsellor who specializes in chronic stress and trauma.
I believe that healing happens in safe relationships, and my goal is to facilitate the repair of experiential wounds in a safe environment, largely through the lens of somatic, attachment, mindfulness and cognitive-based frameworks.
While the scope of my work is diverse, I work exclusively with women. Typically, the women in my practice are looking to reconcile:
· Adverse childhood events (abuse, neglect)
· Maternal health challenges including infertility, endometriosis, perinatal mood disorders, traumatic birth experiences, the loss of a child, and parenting difficulties
· Relational/occupational/academic stress and trauma
· Depression and anxiety
· Career and Lifestyle Transitions
Perhaps you are ready and willing to make meaningful and lasting changes in your life, renew your sense of purpose in the world, or maybe you're simply looking for a deeper connection to self, others, and the community. Either way, you've come to the right place.
With 20+ years of practice, I have honed my craft and coordinated an approach that includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Somatic Transformation, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, among other paradigms and modalities.
I was born and raised in Victoria, BC, and graduated at the top of my class when I earned a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology, after completing my Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing and Psychology at the University of Victoria.
In my post-graduate work, I went on to study Interpersonal Neurobiology, a developmental and attachment-based approach to healing that aims to re-establish healthy neural pathways in a dysregulated nervous system.
From an early age, whether it was helping a friend learn to ride a bike, tutoring English to International students, or volunteering on the Crisis Lines, I directed my energy into the helping profession.
Our family enjoys an active lifestyle in nature, and my husband and I are thrilled to be raising our family here.
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC), the gold standard in governing bodies for therapists in BC.