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 (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IP), Complex Trauma, and CBT for Insomnia (CBT-I). Most recently, I have become certified as a Daring Way™ Facilitator (i.e. based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown).
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/workshops, family/couples therapy, divorce coaching, child interviews, and collaborative case management.
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, insomnia, 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.
As mentioned above, my interest in Dr. Brené Brown’s ground breaking research on vulnerability, shame and perfectionism has inspired me to create daring communities of people working, growing and learning together. These small group sessions are offered periodically throughout the year as either workshops, experiential groups, intensive weekends or retreats.
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 but within individuals circumstances and I believe strongly that people want to grow, to change and to live wholeheartedly. 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.