therapy offers a compassionate personal response to the difficulties you sometimes encounter in your life
My own life and continued evolution of life skills continues to reveal to me the only person who has the answers to my problems is me, but that sometimes these answers are revealed with greater depth through effective collaboration with other people. Counselling is such a setting where effective collaboration can occur. I offer you a safe and spacious environment in which this collaborative work can transpire and transform.
Through my unique style of interpersonal interaction, self reflection and insight I help you examine, explore and identify the unique root causes that generate these painful life disturbances and support you to come to acceptance about who you are and how you show up in the world.
While I witness and facilitate your process, you generate insight and concrete ways to address your unique concerns through the work you do in therapy with me. In this way, the therapy I offer generates lasting healing opportunities so you are able to experience your full emotional range.
There is no doubt counselling is hard work for the client, but this is hard work in service for the client's wellness; this is a powerful motivator and one which many clients realise for the first time in their lives. Working for yourself is incredibly rewarding and harvesting the fruits of your labour will generate lasting relief from feelings of powerlessness, nihilism, procrastination, boredom, anxiety and life dissatisfaction.
I have enormous faith in people's abilities to creatively and spontaneously generate their own healing modalities. Happiness is a viable and achievable goal for counselling.
education & experience
In 2009 I graduated with a Masters in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia with a focus on men's & women's experiences of sexuality after the birth of a child, youth in transition issues, and women & fertility issues.
While living in the Netherlands I graduated with a Master of Arts from the University of Utrecht in 2000 having written a thesis on systemic issues of inequality in Dutch society.
I earned my undergraduate degree Honours Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, and minor in Women's Studies from the University of British Columbia in 1994 having written a thesis on narratives of identity in women and men who identify as bisexual.
Throughout my years of employment I have dedicated myself to a variety of work opportunities and people; along the way I have honed my skill set in empathy, kindness, authenticity and wisdom. Highlights from my employment history include working as a caregiver for the severely disabled at the North Shore Disability Centre, in various dining and entertainment service industry businesses in Vancouver and the Netherlands, in the Vancouver and Dutch software & technology industries and in the Vancouver and Dutch film & television industries.
I have been the lead instructor and visiting lecturer for the Certificate in Peer Counselling at the UBC department of Continuing Education downtown Campus.
I currently serve on the Board of the Morgane Oger Human Rights Foundation and The British Columbia Youth Parliament. I am dedicated advocate of human rights and particularly for people most vulnerable in our society.
I am also an Buddhist meditator and practitioner of the Vipassana tradition for over 17 years and I carry a number of my Vipassana insights in my counselling tool chest, including a sense of wry humor regarding the absurdities and vagaries of life in addition to therapeutically informed and appropriate concrete skills in my work as a therapist.
I am a member in good standing & Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) member Number #13013 and I am fully insured by the Mitchell and Abbott Group.