About

I have been in the helping field for over 10 years working with adolescents, adults and families. I am a Registered Social Worker with the British Columbia College of Social Workers. I belong to the British Columbia Association of Social Workers as well the Canadian Association of Social Workers. I graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology and I also graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Masters of Social Work, specializing in clinical social work with individuals, families and groups.

Over the years, I have gained considerable experience working with different types of issues related to trauma, mental health and substance use. I have worked in various settings with different populations including: abused women and children’s shelters, transitional housing with homeless and at-risk youth, substance use counselling with youth and young adults, outpatient mental health services with children, youth and adults as well as hospital maternity and emergency department mental health and substance use services. I have extensive experience working with trauma through my diverse working experience. Through over 10 years of experiencing working in the field of social work and counselling, I have provided assessment, support and treatment to children, adolescents and adults across multiple Canadian communities from: St. John’s, NFLD, Mississauga, ON, Brampton, ON, Toronto, ON, remote Northern BC communities to Surrey, BC and Vancouver, BC. I also bring international experience working with marginalized youth in Medellin, Colombia through my social media project Virtual Dialogue in 2011.

I work collaboratively with individuals and families and I integrate the most useful approach or combination of approaches to suit your needs. My approach is warm, sensitive and nurturing focused on developing trust and safety. My goal is to put you at ease within the therapeutic environment and develop awareness by focusing on experience in the present moment. With compassion and integrity, I combine different therapeutic approaches through the skillful application of practice, theory and evidence-based research in current psychotherapy and trauma. By focusing our attention to language, emotions, core beliefs, body sensations and non-verbal communication, we are then able to increase our insight and work more effectively toward desired outcomes and resolution. Through this process, we discover information about the whole person within the context of individual, family and cultural histories. As we safely reconnect body, mind, emotion, and relationship, innate wisdom emerges to support repair and growth across the lifespan. Through this experience we can then direct our attention to potential resources and information utilized as practical tools for daily use.

I feel privileged to work with individuals and families on the path to healing and embracing change. The process of assisting someone to undergo change deeply enriches my life as I watch people grow and change. Experiencing a traumatic event in your life can send your world upside down, disturbing your sense of safety in the world. In order to move forward, you need to feel heard and understood. I encourage you to join me in your search for purpose and meaning to make your world safe again so that you may move forward and embrace change. I will bear witness to your story and be grateful for sharing your courage and resilience within the safety of the therapeutic environment.

In my spare time, I love to travel around the world learning about new cultures and exploring new landscape. My favorite past time is to hike the mountains and forests of British Columbia. I also enjoy learning about spirituality and quantum physics of the universe.