In my practice I strive to offer a safe space for children and youth to be seen and heard. I adopt a strengths-based perspective to support children and youth. Through our interactions, I use curiosity to uncover the ways in which they respond to the challenges they face, and together we draw on the strengths, resourcefulness and insight they carry to generate possibilities for growth. My therapeutic style involves a collaborative approach with cultural humility at the forefront. Response-based practice, brief-solution focused therapy, and family systems perspectives influence my theoretical orientation to counselling. I use a variety of talk and play therapy tools in the counselling room, and I adapt my approaches to best support the needs of whom I am working with.
I completed my Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology from the University of Victoria in 2015. I then went on to complete a Post-Degree Diploma in Interprofessional Mental Health and Addictions (IMHA) from Camosun College in 2016. During the IMHA program, I had the opportunity to apply my academic learning to practice in a Child and Youth Mental Health (CYMH) agency. It was during this practicum that I was inspired to continue my journey in the helping field of counselling, and in the fall of 2016, I began my Master of Counselling with the City University of Seattle Canada program. During my graduate studies, I returned to CYMH to complete a clinical internship that involved providing individual, family and group therapy to youth experiencing concerns related to anxiety, low mood, identity, relationships, school, acculturation processes, technology use, family separation, and loss. After completing my Masters degree I obtained registration with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors.
In addition to my academic experiences, I have volunteered with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. I mentored and co-facilitated a number of Go Girls groups, encouraging and promoting physical activity, balanced eating, communication skills, and self-confidence to middle school-aged youth. Along with working in private practice, I also work with children and youth of all ages in different school-based settings, including the public school system, and an international baccalaureate program. My work has offered me insight and appreciation into the various terrains that young people are navigating; whether that is influenced by family systems, peer relationships, academics, cultural differences, social media, technology use or society. I am continually inspired by their resilience and ability to resist against the challenges they face, which further ignites my passion to walk alongside them in their journey of growth.
I was born and raised here on the Island. When I am outside the counselling room, I enjoy spending time connecting with loved ones, being outdoors, and engaging in my creativity. I am always creating something new, whether it is new recipes, baking delicious goodies, drawing, or painting portraits of familiar faces.
BC Association of Clinical Counsellors: Registered Clinical Counsellor #17067
BC Play Therapy Association: Member in good standing
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