I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#2580) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. I have been practicing as a therapist in Kamloops since 2000, in a number of different settings. I have a Master’s Degree in Counselling, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (Hons), a Diploma in Family Therapy, Certifications in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Complex Trauma, and trainings in various counselling modalities (see my curriculum vitae).
In 2000, I launched my career as a therapist working in the non-profit sector, eventually moving into a position with Child and Youth Mental Health and then in 2007 into private practice. In these various roles, I have been responsible for outreach/community counselling, crisis intervention, intake, suicide risk assessments, one-to-one therapy, mental health assessment and treatment planning, coordinating and running groups, family/couples therapy, divorce coaching, child interviews, and collaborative case management. I am also trained to offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia in both group and individual settings.
While I do have a generalist practice and work with many ages and presenting concerns, I have a real passion for joining people in their battles against anxiety (social, panic, generalized, OCD, PTSD), depression, shame, disordered eating, perfectionism, guilt, co-dependency, stress, conflict, and relationship problems. I have a special interest in working with adolescents and couples, but as mentioned, I see people of all ages.
As mentioned above, I also offer the specialized services of Divorce Coaching, Child Specialist (for children 10 years or older) and Hear the Child Interviews and Reports. I am a member of the Kamloops Collaborative Family Law Association as well as a member of the Hear the Child Roster.
I believe it takes great courage for people to come to counselling and to share their stories and vulnerabilities. It is important for me to work transparently and collaboratively with each individual (or group). I believe that problems are not located within individuals and that people want to grow and change. Together, we can work to better understand problems (i.e. the why, when and how) and to find ways to address them to make your life more manageable.