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About 
 

About Me  

It can be nice to know a little bit about the counsellor you are interested in seeing. I grew up in a small town in Saskatchewan just outside of Regina. As a child I was always working on creative projects, from painting pinecones to making paper dolls to writing songs on the piano. I have two younger siblings and they were, and still are, my best friends. As I turned from a child to an adolescent, my interest in art and music increased. I spent hours painting, playing piano and guitar, going to music shows and writing poems and stories.  

When I was 18 I applied for and got accepted into the MacEwan School of Music to pursue a career in piano. A short while later I realized that I did not want to turn my most enjoyable hobby into a job, as a I believed it wouldn't be as enjoyable anymore. It was then that I started my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Alberta. I (naively) had a concept in my head that work wasn't meant to be fun or fulfilling. 

Years later, as I work as a counsellor full-time, I realize how wrong I was. I genuinely love what I do. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to connect with so many different individuals, each with a unique and inspiring story to tell. I feel like I learn something from every single one of my clients. And I feel so grateful to be a part of their lives and their journeys. 

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Throughout university, I worked as a server and bartender and put every cent I made into my 'travel fund'. I have been fortunate enough to travel to many corners of the world - India, Nepal, Southeast Asia, Europe, South America, Australia, and more - and the very best part of travelling has been the people I have met. I have seen that no matter where a human being is from, their fundamental needs are the same: to be loved, to be seen, and to connect with others. 

I can't wait to connect with you, too. Thanks for being here! 

Specializations

  • anxiety 

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 

  • behavioural issues 

  • pregnancy, prenatal and postpartum issues

  • learning disabilities 

  • developmental disorders

  • peer relationships 

  • school issues 

  • ​Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) 

  • parenting 

  • self-esteem 

  • depression

  • career guidance 

  • self-harming 

  • internet addiction 

  • sleep issues

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Professional Experience 

Family Services of Greater Vancouver (Vancouver, BC) 

 

I have been working part-time as a counsellor and workshop facilitator/designer for Family Services for nearly two years. In this role, I do intakes, individual counselling and career counselling. This position has included designing and facilitating both in-person and online courses, creating PowerPoint presentations and designing lesson plans. I have received excellent feedback on my workshops and courses with an average of 4.7 stars out of 5 from over 200 attendees.

The Children's Foundation (Surrey, BC)

 

I completed my clinical practicum at The Children's Foundation in Surrey, BC, where I did in-person art and play therapy with children aged 5-15. I worked closely with my clients and their families to establish parenting plans and provide support. I also put on monthly training sessions for parents on various subjects, including mindfulness, nutrition and health and behavioural issues. During this time, I took the initiative to create and pilot a workshop designed for parents with children with anxiety, which we called 'Creating Calm Children'. Once I completed my clinical practicum, I was hired by The Children's Foundation to complete a contract to write and design a full training manual for Creating Calm Children and train other mental health professionals to give this workshop. I facilitated the workshop three times, and it was exceptionally well-received by both attendees and colleagues. 

Peer Support Centre (Edmonton, AB) 

 

While I was completing my undergraduate degree, I volunteered as a peer counsellor for two years at the Peer Support Centre at the University of Alberta. This was my first counselling experience and it was this position that sparked my interest in becoming a therapist. 

Additional Training

  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1

  • Resisting Vicarious Trauma with Vicki Reynolds

  • Sex Addiction and Therapy with Edgewood Health

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Certification

  • Mindfulness workshops

  • Gottman Emotion Coaching