I work with people experiencing difficult problems. Such problems go by many names, and may be new or old, but all share the common trait of stubbornly obstructing our happiness. You might feel depressed, anxious, or stuck, unable to steer toward a more hopeful future. You might struggle with the overwhelming complexity of your life, or feel paralyzed by the choices it presents. You might find yourself caught in recurring patterns, unable to break free despite the hardship they cause.
Yet despite the hardship they cause, I believe our problems also carry essential insight about what is needed for their resolution. I work with you to reveal these insights, to gather their wisdom, and to transform them into opportunities for greater well-being and engagement with life. Ultimately, I believe that true well-being involves more than just quieting problems: it involves restoring the parts of ourselves that enable us to be full participants in this world we share.
You can book a consult with me to share a conversation about the problems you’re experiencing, and the life you’d like to live. We’ll talk about ways to help you move toward that life, using approaches that feel natural, intuitive, and possibly even exciting.
What brought you to the field?
Prior to private practice I spent fifteen years in the public and non-profit sectors, starting out in frontline care and legal advocacy, before arriving in the field of counselling. Most recently I served for five years as Clinical Lead of BC’s largest mental health and addictions treatment centre, where I led a team of nurses, doctors, counsellors and caseworkers in delivering comprehensive mental healthcare services.
What is your approach like?
I believe we come to counselling because we’ve lost touch with an essential part of ourselves: we want to feel better, have a different perspective, or share more harmonious relationships with others, for example. My approach is thus focused on restoring access to these parts. I tend to favour structured, methodical approaches to arriving here, though my approach isn’t mechanical.
What can someone expect during a session with you?
You can expect a fairly candid, informal tone from me. I think success in counselling is dependent on being able to share ourselves freely.
What do you bring to your work that is unexpected or unique?
I have a pretty broad range of interests, and sometimes drop references to albums, art and movies, as well as metaphors relating to people’s interests and occupation. I can’t guarantee they’ll always land, but I try.
What is one piece of wisdom that has shaped your life?
My mentor would sometimes repeat this quiet refrain: you have the right to be safe, to be loved, and to do good work. They’re simple words, but they continue to resonate with me.