My Approach to Therapy is Simple

Through introspective discussion and non-judgmental listening I strive to help you re-connect more intimately with your mind and body.

My approach 

 

Is anti-oppressive and client-centered with the goal of connecting you to your authentic self through shared insight and emotional/psychological exploration. I draw on Narrative therapy practices to examine how the stories we tell to ourselves and about ourselves may be trapping us in a problem-oriented worldview. Whereas mainstream counselling tends to privilege the problem story ("I am weak","I am not good enough"), I work to uncover the underlying or forgotten stories of hope, skills, knowledge and dreams. 

 

I also draw from Acceptance and Commitment therapy, as I believe that the harder we try to "fix" our problems, the more acute they tend to become. You can expect Cognitive Behavioural and Mindfulness based practices to filter into our work together as I believe these strategies help challenge unhelpful thinking patterns and foster more intimate connections between our bodies, minds and the people closest to us. 

 

Together we will explore what it might be like to surrender to the struggle, and move past it with greater clarity, strength and courage. You can expect challenging questions, with the goal of guiding you toward considering new ways of acting and reacting to the world around you. 

Education 

 

I hold a Master of Arts (with Distinction) in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia, a Post-baccalaureate Diploma in Counselling and Human Development from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Gender Studies from the University of Toronto. 

I have seen clients from varying populations and backgrounds including members of the LGBTQ2A+ community, BIPOC and those living with disabilities. During my MA, I completed a 5-month intensive practicum at Simon Fraser University, where I provided mental health support to a diverse student population.

Aside from my counselling experience, I have also worked to develop the Autism Society of British Columbia’s family support groups, provided workshops on suicide prevention to youth throughout Vancouver, and supported individuals with disabilities to reach their personal and academic goals as a tutor with UBC’s with Access and Diversity.

My areas

  • Anxiety/stress

  • Mood issues

  • Social isolation 

  • Family and relationship concerns

  • Lack of direction/life indecisions

  • Self-esteem and body image issues

  • Perfectionism

  • Emotional/physical fatigue or confusion

  • Trauma

  • Various forms of oppression (sexism, racism, sizeism, ableism, classism) and their intersection 

 

I am the Founder and Owner of a Mental Health Collective called Work in Progress. Work in Progress grew out of a dream that therapists and other mental health providers could access a community that felt inclusive, diverse, safe and respectful so that they could show up as their best selves for the people they support.

 

Work in Progress aims to respond to the problems of human suffering; the corporatization of mental wellness; the prioritization of certain bodies and identities in the wellness space; inequality and stigma in mental health; as well as long wait lists

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