I specialize in providing counselling services to children, youth, adults and families.
Children and Youth:
I work with a variety of child and youth issues such as, anxiety, depression, anger, self-harm, behavioural challenges, bullying, self-esteem, separation and divorce, trauma, foster care, adoption, attachment issues, grief and loss.
When working with children I work from a child centered approach which focuses on providing the child with a safe place to explore their feelings. Children often communicate their challenges and needs through play. The counselling approach is play based using sand play, art activities, therapeutic games and other expressive modalities. As well, I often use cognitive behavioural therapy and attachment theory when appropriate.
When working with youth I focus on establishing a strong relationship and rapport by providing space to understand their perspective of the challenges and issues they are facing. I use a combination of talk and expressive therapies with youth and collaborate with teens to learn new ways to cope with challenging experiences, mental health issues and express negative emotions. Therapies may include: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Self-Harm Strategies and Interpersonal Process.
Family therapy focuses on fostering connection, increasing understanding and improving communication among family members. Family sessions may include all family members or particular groupings (for example, mother-daughter). Parent education and support is attachment focused and is another option for parents wanting to support their child or youth. Parent sessions will provide an opportunity for parents to learn new strategies and increase their understanding of their child’s challenges. As well, co-parenting strategies focus on divorced, separated or blended families and helping parents navigate parenting challenges in changing family situations.
I provide counselling for a variety of adult issues such as, anxiety, depression, history of trauma, separation and divorce, life transitions, relationship difficulties, grief and loss. I will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan in our private sessions together. I work from an integrative approach using: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Interpersonal Process, and Lifespan Integration.
Crime Victim Assistance Counselling Services:
I am a Crime Victim Assistance Program approved counsellor. You may be able to qualify for Crime Victim Assistance funding that can be used towards your counselling if you are:
- A victim of crime
- A family member of a victim of crime
- A witness to a crime
For more information if you or your child qualify, please contact BC Victim Assistance line at 1-800-563-0808 or victimlinkbc.ca