Counselling

When words are both kind and true, they can change our world.  —Buddha

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”  —Einstein

dandelionRegardless of who you are, your past, your religious views, your gender, your sexual preferences—pain, suffering, confusion and heartache are part of life. With counselling, these events can be used as an opportunity for growth, healing, and transformation.

I’ve been involved in the field of Psychology since 1984. With a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology, I work as a Registered Clinical Counsellor. Health and wellness occur when body, mind, emotions, and spirit are integrated. Therefore, my approach to therapy is holistic: addressing and integrating, body, mind, heart, and spirit. I have a special interest in a holistic approach to depression and anxiety, and existential concerns.

forest-pathMy clinical practice integrates the practice of mindfulness. Research is now documenting the benefits of mindfulness. The field of  mindfulness and neuroscience is burgeoning. Neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to rewire itself, indicates that change is possible on any level, at any age, under any conditions. The practices of yoga and mindfulness are being used in medicine, sports, business, education and counselling.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy  is a natural complement to mindfulness practice.  While mindfulness cultivates a non-reactive awareness of the thoughts and emotions, cognitive behavioural therapy addresses the content of our thoughts. Often our distorted thinking creates our difficulties in life. When we can change our thinking pattern, we change our perception of ourselves and the world.

My clinical practice rests on the foundation of Carl Rogers’ “unconditional positive regard” for my clients. Depending on the individual, their interests and situation, I draw on narrative, solution-focused, cognitive behavioural, choice and somatic based therapies.

Buddhist psychology, mindfulness, and therapeutic yoga techniques also inform my work. By focusing in the here and now, a deeper level of truth arises rather than being lost in the narrative of a story. As a yoga instructor, I incorporate simple yogic practices that manage anxiety and stress. I am currently studying somatic work, which uses the body to help regulate the nervous system. Only when the body feels safe can healing occur.

For individuals wishing to transition gender, I provide hormone readiness assessments.

It’s important to choose a counsellor that you feel comfortable with and trust. I offer a free 30-minute initial consultation to help you decide.

FEES: As per the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors guidelines, my fee is $120/hour for individual counselling and $150/hour for couples (fees include 5% GST). I also offer a limited number of sliding scale spots for those in financial need.

Feel free to contact me for a complimentary consultation.

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.” —Einstein