I believe that we are all inherently capable of achieving wellness. When we encounter problems with our wellness, this is because we face obstacles — internally or externally — which interfere with our natural self-righting processes. I thus see my work as helping you to identify and resolve these obstacles. My approach can be practical and goal-oriented, or exploratory and supportive. Either way, my emphasis is on helping you realize your vision of a happy, well-crafted life.
At the heart of my practice is the belief that wellness exists at the intersection of four realms of experience: how we think, how we feel, how we remember, and how we relate to others. I believe that wellness means greater comfort with ourselves, deeper relationships with others, and the tools to feel confident and effective in navigating the challenges we face as human beings.
Since 2014 I have been privileged to sit and talk with thousands of people, and to accompany them for at least a short distance in their journey. I view these expeditions as essential not just for our individual happiness and well-being, but also for our movement toward a world that is more kind, just, and humane for all.
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.