Hello and Welcome,
It is important for everyone to acknoweldge that all of us are on a spectrum of mental health and well-being and we must nourish all aspects of our life:
Individuals who are new to counselling often ask me what therapy sessions are like. Sometimes it is comparable to riding a rollercoaster: you can feel out of control, anxious or fearful, upside down and sideways…you name it! But, it can also be uplifting, supportive, transformative, and even in some cases—fun. There have been many times where clients and I have shared humor and laughter in session. Therapy can also be like an exploratory walk in new scenery, say a dense forest with a babbling stream and strange noises. It can feel overwhelming and new, until you begin to understand and thrive within your new environment through self-awareness, and newfound knowledge.
As an inclusive, non-judgemental and client-centered therapist, I strongly believe that trust and collaboration are two of the pillars to successful therapy. My approach to therapy is collaborative and I believe that you are the expert on your life. My role is to help facilitate a therapeutic environment that enables you to overcome adversity, build resiliency, and learn to problem solve. I utilize evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness techniques, narrative therapy, and a strengths-based approach.
In my practice, I commonly work individually or within a group with adolescents, adults, and older adults on a wide variety of clinical concerns such as:
· Anxiety & Worry
· Grief and Loss
· Difficult Life Transitions
· Mindfulness (group therapy)
· Worthiness & Self-Compassion (individually as well as group therapy)
I am a Registered Social Worker (#12770) with the British Columbia College of Social Workers.
I am also a member of the British Columbia Association of Social Workers (#1006632).
I was born and raised in beautiful Fort McMurray, Alberta before I came to Kelowna in 2008 to pursue an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Cultural Studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus. Pursuing a career in mental health was ignited in high school when I had the opportunity to do a 6-week health internship with the Mental Health Outreach Team located in the Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
In 2011, I founded the Sexual Assault and Rape Awareness (SARA) Campaign at UBC Okanagan with a mandate of prevention and survivor-focused response to sexualized violence. In the 5 years that I was acting Director of SARA I responded to many disclosures of sexualized violence from both students and staff.
My interests and love of learning lead me to finishing my Masters of Social Work, also at the UBC Okanagan campus. I completed 900 hours in two different clinical placements. Upon graduating, I had the privilege of working alongside adults with diverse-abilities in the community. Presently, and in addition to my private practice, I am also working at a complex residential care home for older adults where I assist and support individuals and their families.
If you have any questions about my services please connect with me. I offer free consultations via phone or email.