I have been in private practice as a counselor and psychotherapist for over 20 years. During that time I have had the privilege of being able to connect with people and help them achieve their personal goals, create more fulfilling lives, and appreciate their own unique value.
Through my years of helping people through difficult times, I have come to understand how we can sometimes get trapped in unhealthy patterns of thought and behavior. This can leave us with depression, anxiety, low self esteem, relationship problems, unhealthy coping mechanisms, or a feeling of general dissatisfaction and lack of meaning. Trying to undo these patterns on our own can be frustrating and overwhelming.
You may find yourself struggling with depression, anxiety, loss, illness, work problems, relationship difficulties, problems with parenting children or caring for other dependents. If so, a skilled and compassionate counsellor can be of benefit by supporting you in cultivating kindness to yourself, and helping you to develop healthy patterns of thought and behavior.
I use a variety of therapeutic approaches geared to suit your particular needs and personality. For instance, I may suggest you explore past relationships, or help you to bring mindful attention to your thoughts and feelings in order to bring about personal transformation. When appropriate, I may share information, insights, or my own experiences with you.
I am a Registered Social Worker, Registered Clinical Counselor, and have a Masters Degree in Social Work with an emphasis on counseling and therapy. I have been the Coordinator for a Women’s Shelter and for the Adolescent Program in a Mental Health Clinic. Currently I am living and practicing in Victoria, B.C. I bring to the therapeutic encounter an understanding that positive change is possible and I have profound respect for the courage and strength each of us has to initiate growth and transformation.