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Clinical Counsellor, Play Therapist, Virtual Counsellor

It’s my goal to help people heal and grow through periods of transition in their lives. Many of us experience loss, grief or unhappiness as we transition from one role to another in our daily lives.

It’s my honour to help counsel you during these difficult transitions and help you heal from any of these experiences:

  • Dreams you don’t achieve
  • Changes in career
  • Diagnosis of a child with special needs
  • A loved one entering long term care
  • Divorce from a spouse
  • Beginning of a new marriage

I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) through BCACC. I am also licensed through CCPA and hold a CCC license. I completed my Masters of Counselling Psychology at Trinity Western University and began working in my own private practice in 2016.  Before going back to school to pursue my masters, I worked as a senior executive in sales and marketing.  I believe that my unique education has allowed me to help people grow and develop and create change for themselves.

About 10 years ago, I became involved in helping a family with special needs children and it was through that journey that I came to the work I am most passionate about; helping parents of special needs families. Using play therapy, I am able to access children for ADHD, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Autism and other types of learning disabilities.

The following list below are my areas of specialization:

  • Child play therapy
  • Self-esteem and confidence coaching
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Career exploration with youth
  • Dealing with separation and divorce from the child and parents perspective
  • Healing parents and children with strategies to deal with ADHD and ADD
  • Assessments for Autism, ADHD, Oppositional Defiance Disorder

PARENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS ADVOCACY AND MEDIATION:

  • Access to assessments and diagnosis
  • Psycho-educational, Autism, ADHD testing
  • Referral to local psychologists for assessments and testing
  • Referral to local behavioural consultants and creating a behavioural intervention team
  • Mediation with school districts and IEP planning
  • Access to 3rd party funding and Ministry of Children and Family case workers
  • Completing government and agency paperwork to obtain funding, therapy, and resources
  • Family planning at transitional ages: birth, school age, and adult

Clinical Counsellor, Play Therapist

For us to heal from the experiences and struggles we face, we must allow ourselves to process our thoughts and emotions. I work with clients in a gentle and non-judgemental manner. I offer short term and long term goals focused on counselling for children, youth and adults. 

I support children, youth and adults who feel stuck, anxious, and unable to enjoy their present lives. Our past struggles and experiences can sometimes leave a negative residue on us and prevent us from living freely. For us to heal from the experiences and struggles we face we must allow ourselves to process our thoughts and emotions so we can truly move past them.

I work with clients in a gentle and non judgmental manner to support you in navigating through your struggles and help you cope effectively. I offer short term and long-term goal focused counselling for children, youth, and adults. I have experience helping clients to cope with depression and anxiety, build self-esteem and self-acceptance.

I have spent many years as a behavioral therapist working with children and youth on the autism spectrum. I offer counselling for children with autism as well as support for parents. No matter what your struggle or difficulty is, I will work with you to support you in learning and developing the skills you need to help cope with the challenges you face.

Clinical Counsellor

My mission is to help you navigate the difficulties and challenges you’re facing. Whether it’s family conflict, separation/divorce, past trauma, substance misuse or life transitions, there’s no better time to work through it. 

It’s my honour to help counsel you during these difficult transitions and help you heal from any of these experiences: 

  • Dreams you don’t achieve
  • Changes in career
  • Diagnosis of a child with special needs
  • A loved one entering long term care
  • Divorce from a spouse 
  • Beginning of a new marriage

I am a licensed Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) through the CCPA. I completed a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology from Trinity Western University. I have continued my education since graduating, and I am currently completing a certificate program in Child and Family Forensics. 

Through my professional and personal experience, I’ve found that the BC family law system isn’t the best setting to resolve family issues related to children. I’m passionate about helping parents be the best they can be for their children outside of a courtroom.

Services I provide include: 

  • Individual and couples counselling
  • Co-parent counselling
  • Divorce coaching 
  • Group counselling and classes for parents and anger management 

I specialize in the areas of family conflict, parenting and high conflict separation and divorce. 

To read more about my approach to therapy and the specific services I offer, feel free to explore my personal website at www.congruentcounselling.ca.

Clinical Counsellor

This is your journey. Only you have lived your life and become the person you are today. You know what you need, or maybe you just know you want something different, and I’m here to walk that path with you.

I offer non-judgmental, collaborative, client-centered, strengths-based support to help you process whatever it is you are working through. One of the things I enjoy most about this work is being able to help adults and youth become empowered again– remind them that they are stronger than they think, that many of the resources or answers are already there, waiting to be uncovered.

Some of the hardships I have assisted people with are:

    • Past traumas that they feel “stuck” with.
    • Recent traumas and feeling overwhelmed.
    • Working through panic attacks and other anxiety disorders
    • Improving communication in relationships
    • Working out boundaries and creating plans for difficult conversations

I have had the good fortune to be supporting people since 2007, when I began working in Mental Health and Addictions. I always knew that I wanted to be a trauma counsellor (growing up with a first responder for a father was bound to do that to one of us 4 kids), so I knew I needed to continue with my education and experience. In 2010 I obtained my Bachelor of Social Work degree and began working as a Probation Officer. While I enjoyed working with people and facilitating groups, probation was not where I ultimately wanted to be so I pursued my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology degree from Yorkville University. After completing that practicum in 2013 and facilitating trauma groups, I began work as a trauma counsellor in a local non-profit, assisting women who had experienced childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault and/or domestic violence. More recently I have been working as a generalist counsellor, supporting people with a wide variety of issues/concerns.

My areas of specialization are:

    • Addictions
    • Anger Management
    • Anxiety
    • Communication/Boundaries
    • Critical Incident Stress
    • Depression
    • Domestic Violence
    • Self-Esteem
    • Stress Management
    • Trauma

I use the following modalities when working with clients:

    • Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy
    • Dialectic Behavioural Therapy
    • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
    • Mindfulness
    • Motivational Interviewing
    • Narrative Therapy
    • Psychoeducation

Clinical Counsellor

I hope to provide you with a safe place to reflect and articulate your feelings and thoughts. When you can name your struggles, you can begin tackling your problems. I hope to guide and support you in your journey to rediscovering yourself, your voice, and renewed hopes for your future. Nothing is more meaningful and rewarding than celebrating with people who overcome their life struggles and come out empowered with hope.

I completed a Masters degree in Mental Health and Marriage & Family Counselling from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts, from the United States. I have worked with college students and people of various ages in an outpatient unit at a hospital. My treatment and therapy methodology approach consists of an integrative approach that comprises multiple techniques, such as CBT, Strength-Based, Solution-focused brief therapy, and Existentialism.

Prior to pursuing my Masters degree in Counselling, I completed a Masters in Divinity and have worked for more than ten years in a faith community. I welcome clients wanting to integrate faith into their counselling sessions. I am also fluent in Korean and familiar with Korean culture for clients who feel more comfortable expressing themselves in Korean.

My areas of specialization include the following: depression, anxiety & panic disorders, self-Esteem, assertiveness & boundaries, grief counselling, personal development, relationship and couples counselling, fears & phobias, addictions, eating disorders, anger Management, life transitions, and past or recent trauma.

Clinical Counsellor, Play Therapist

I believe we all go through struggles and experiences in life where we may need extra support to rise above. If you feel overwhelmed, perhaps I could be of help or a resource for you to find the steps, opportunities or solutions to overcome the obstacles you face.

I would be deeply honored to work alongside you to help you find your road to healing and recovery. I provide an empathetic and holistic approach to building trust and open communication within our counselling relationship.

My purpose in life has always been to help others.  I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor through BCACC and have a MEd in Counselling. In addition, I have completed my Bachelor of Education, Post Graduate Certificate in Special Education and my BA in Child and Youth Care.

In my practice, I believe in using a Person-Centered and Solution-Focused approach to help guide my clients to discover their abilities, skills and strategies that are useful as they move forward in their healing. Working with my clients has granted me the opportunity to build positive connections using a strength-based approach and mindful strategies to help them regulate their emotions, problem-solve, and increase self-confidence and self-esteem.

Over the past 20 years, I have supported students in the school system in my current and past careers from elementary to high school. My current role as a School Counsellor allows me to support children and youth to ensure they have a valuable, inclusive, educational experience. Some areas of support include helping the student who may be struggling with anxiety, depression, or trauma, or regarding their social-emotional, or behavioural needs. I may support my students in a variety of ways including one-to-one or small group sessions or use an in-class approach. Some therapeutic strategies include Sand Tray Therapy, Mindfulness, Solution-Focused Therapy, and strength-based, person-centred methods. My previous role as an Integration Support Teacher gave me the opportunity to work alongside students, families, school teams and community partners to support children with neurodiverse needs such as autism, FASD, and ADHD.

Some of the areas where I can support you are:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Stress management
  • Emotional regulation
  • Relationships
  • Personal development
  • School issues
  • Career planning
  • Burnout
  • Phobias
  • Communication
  • Setting Boundaries
  • Self-Esteem
  • Grief and loss

Clinical Counsellor, Play Therapist

My passion and primary focus lie in the realm of trauma. I believe that every individual is unique, and one approach cannot be ideal. I encourage my clients to consider a curious perspective towards their thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and memories. I also incorporate tools to help my clients loosen the grip of unhelpful narratives, thought patterns and self-beliefs.

I am a Registered Clinical Counselor with BCACC. I did my master’s in counseling psychology in school and youth concentration from Adler University, Vancouver. 

Mental health issues, especially traumatic experiences and major life stressors can significantly impact our daily lives, and make us feel disconnected from ourselves, our loved ones, and other important aspects of our lives. I believe that building such connections is the key to healing. Hence, my work focuses on helping my clients build healthier perceptions of themselves and strengthen their relationships.

With this, I attempt to use a holistic approach in counseling, bringing together emotion, thoughts, and the body. I use different modalities with my clients like CBT-Trauma Informed lens, DBT, Emotional Freedom tapping techniques, Brain Spotting, Mindfulness, Play Therapy, and ACT. 

I am experienced in working with clients dealing with :

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • ADHD
  • OCD
  • Anger Management
  • LGBTQ
  • Parenting
  • Parent-child relationship 
  • Grief and loss 

Child and Youth Therapy:

  • Child play therapy
  • Self-esteem and Motivation 
  • Anxiety and depression
  • ADHD 
  • OCD
  • Separation anxiety 
  • Dealing with Parents’ divorce

Clinical Counsellor, Play Therapist

It isn’t easy to seek support, but here you are. You’ve already jumped over a very tough hurdle! I bring warmth and compassion to each interaction and believe in the innate ability we all have to heal and grow. It’s my goal to help you find a deeper appreciation and understanding of self and to expand your capacity for lifelong resiliency in a space where you feel seen and heard. 

Life is tough sometimes. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, stuck or unable to cope, I can help you. I am passionate about helping children and youth become empowered and in charge of their thoughts. If your child is having a hard time with thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, I am here to support as well. You are not alone. 

I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) through BCACC. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Masters of Counselling from City University and currently, I am working towards becoming a Certified Play Therapist. Prior to counselling, I worked as a Kindergarten Teacher for nearly 10 years. It was this role as an early childhood educator that ignited my desire to help children through the challenges of life with more depth and meaning. It fuelled my curiosity around attachment theory and how adverse childhood experiences affect the developing brain, impacting children’s emotional and developmental trajectory. Which ultimately filters into our lives as adults. 

I am passionate about helping young children, youth, and adults process their thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a way that grants them the awareness that they are truly capable and worthy. Through a person-centered, holistic and collaborative approach, my practice aims to help shift unhelpful thinking and exercise healthy coping. I’ll help you identify the physiological responses, process the root cause and learn effective self-regulation to make daily life feel lighter and more enjoyable.  I am equally as enthusiastic to work with caregivers and families to support in better understanding the why behind behaviours, strategies for dealing with diverse needs, and personal struggles.   

My approach is integrative and based on your unique needs; I may utilize CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, Somatic Practices, Play Therapy and Psychoeducation. I work within a range of areas such as:

  • Emotional Regulation
  • Coping Skills
  • Boundaries
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Early childhood development
  • Parenting
  • Pregnancy, prenatal, postpartum
  • Trauma
  • Divorce/Separation
  • Life Transitions
  • Family dynamics
  • Self-esteem
  • Grief and loss

Everyone deserves a safe, trusting space to share and unpack their story. It would be an honour to walk alongside you as you rise through this and find inner peace. 

Clinical Counsellor

My approach aims to empower and motivate clients in the therapeutic process. I believe that people can reach their full potential under the right conditions. I hope to provide a safe and non-judgmental space for you to express your feelings and unpack your story. I collaborate with my clients to better understand their life challenges and to develop goals that help you move towards where you want to be.

I completed a Bachelors in Psychology, Counselling and Human Development from Simon Fraser University and have pursued my Masters in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. I have been working in the helping field for several years and have specific training in areas of child development, children with special needs, parent coaching, attachment, and trauma. My specialty areas included Emotion-Focused Family Therapy, Family Systems, and overall Family enhancement. I incorporate elements of Person-Centered Therapy, CBT, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Sensitive Approaches, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindful Based Practices. My therapeutic process involves tailoring the approach to best meet your needs and desired outcomes.

Below are the areas of specialization:

  • Life transitions
  • Relationship and couples counselling
  • Family conflict
  • Co-parenting
  • Divorce and Separation
  • Parenting skills and parent coaching
  • Children with special needs
  • Child Development
  • Play Therapy
  • Therapeutic access/supervised access
  • Crisis intervention
  • Boundary setting
  • Family enhancement for families involved with MCFD
  • Attachment
  • Developmental trauma
  • Supporting children who have witnessed domestic violence
  • Emotion regulation
  • Past or current trauma
  • Domestic violence or relationship abuse
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Collaboration with schools and other service providers
  • Behaviour Intervention
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Mood disorders
  • Infertility and post-partum challenges
  • Addictions
  • Neurodivergent Disorders
  • Connection to community resources

My focus areas have given me a greater appreciation for relationships with others, including the connection in the counselling room. I value the importance of having a strong therapist-client match in order to best meet your needs. This process is a very vulnerable one. My goal is to provide therapy with compassion, understanding, and respect for the challenges and hardships that you are facing. Please watch my video and reach out to Crossroads Collective if you feel that we would be a good match.

Clinical Counsellor, Music Therapist, Play Therapist, Virtual Counsellor

Many of us feel stuck in our daily lives, not knowing exactly how to get the progress that we want. Depression, anxiety, and trauma can hold us back from where we deserve to be and can negatively affect our well-being and relationships. No two people are the same and it is my goal to help you recognize your own unique strengths, integrating a case-specific approach to create your unique therapy plan. I am here to offer mental health support in a non-judgemental, friendly, and compassionate space.

I am currently a student member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and have completed my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology through UBCO. As I complete my practicum for my Masters in Counselling Psychology I will be guided by an accredited supervisor.

One form of therapy that I offer is one that is music-integrated, using a brief singing lesson at the beginning of the session. This can be helpful with those who are seeking to modulate their autonomic nervous system, reduce anxiety, depression, and stress, while building skills that will encourage mindfulness, self-confidence, and competency.

Some Specific Types of Therapy I Offer:
-Music-integrated Therapy
-Child and Youth Counselling
-Play Therapy
-Couples Therapy
-Seniors Counselling
-Virtual as well as In-Person
Some of the areas I can support you with include:
-Trauma
-Anxiety
-Depression                                                         
-Building self-confidence, self-esteem, and sense of self
-Parenting
-Relationships
-Time management
-Stress management
-Goal setting
-Mindfulness-based techniques
-Health and wellness
-Personal development
-Life Transitions
-Burnout

Clinical Counsellor

My passion revolves around helping my clients find their direction in life.  I can help all clients at any stage of their lifecycle deal with the difficult issues they face.

I am experienced working with clients dealing with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Anger Management
  • Substance Misuse

In addition, I am particularly proficient in helping youth and young adults navigate their modern-day difficulties.  Life transitions, family structure changes, and grief are also areas where clients can find relief through our work together.

I completed my masters through Yorkville University and I am registered both the BCACC and the CCPA.  In addition, I am a licensed teacher in both Ontario and BC which makes me all the more sensitive to the needs to youth and young adults.  I have been working in private practice since 2018.  I also spent years overseas teaching which makes me sensitive to having an inclusive and multicultural practice.

As a self-reflective practitioner, I am constantly working to maximizing the benefits to my clients to ensure they are successfully able to deal with change and life.

Some of my specializations are:

  • Assertiveness/boundaries
  • Personal development
  • Self-harm and harm reduction
  • Transitions
  • Career planning and coaching
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief and loss counselling
  • Mediation
  • Trauma

My approach is versatile and dynamic where I use a variety of approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectic Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and other interventions as the client requires.  In addition, I have completed the Level 1 Observed and Experiential Integration (OEI) Therapy workshop so have skills to help clients wot work through complex trauma.  Through this eclectic approach, I give my clients the tools counselling can provide which clients can apply to provide solutions in their daily lives.

Clinical Counsellor

When we go through several trials, challenges, and situations in life, we need an outlet to express ourselves. In the moment of life’s difficulties, it becomes even more difficult to acknowledge our previous successes or embrace our inner strengths. For me, I have found that talking helps. It is a starting point to achieving inner healing and overall mental wellness.

My goal is to provide encouragement, support, and strength and help people in all walks of life struggling and in need of help. I am ready to meet you where you are with the hopes that together, we can get you to your goal through mutual respect and understanding.

I have come to learn and believe that humans can attain self-actualization when provided with the right support, tools, and skills. I align with CBT orientation as I believe having the proper mindset helps individuals morph into the best versions of themselves, thus achieving self-actualization. I also use Rogers’s person-centred approach in my work because the client is the expert of their own lived experiences.

I completed my undergraduate degree at Simon Fraser University with a BA in Health Science major and Gerontology Minor and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. With over ten years of experience volunteering and working with children and families, I found myself with a strong passion for counselling.

It will be a huge privilege to work alongside you as we journey together to help you through life circumstances and find healing.

The following are areas I can support you with:

    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Family Dynamics
    • Parenting
    • Pregnancy, Prenatal, and Postpartum
    • Self Confidence and Self-Esteem
    • Racial Identity
    • Stress Management
    • Time Management
    • Boundaries
    • Career Planning
    • Relationships

Clinical Counsellor

When we give ourselves an opportunity to be vulnerable and unpack and express our thoughts and feelings; this allows the healing process to begin. My goal is to provide a platform for clients who can find comfort in an environment where they feel safe, heard and connected.

I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). I have a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Counselling.

I have experience working with children, youth, adults and couples who face challenges in mental health, suicidal ideation, anxiety, depression, conflict-resolution, cross-cultural barriers and anger management. I am an LGBTQIA+ supporter and have worked closely with children and their families.

My aim for my clients is to gain self-confidence, cope with anxiety and to provide customized skills and strategies.

Clinical Counsellor

We are all human beings, and we all have strengths and weaknesses. There are times in life when each one of us will encounter challenges or difficult situations. In those times, it takes courage to reach out and ask for help, but we are all in this together, and there is help here at Crossroads.

I am a passionate professional who continues to strive to improve my skillset while bringing passion to working with both youth and adults in hopes of providing them further opportunities to thrive and grow as they overcome the challenges of life.  My culturally informed style of counselling is a blend of humanistic and client-centered theoretical approaches in which I apply a variety of different techniques based on the needs of each individual client. Being of service to another human being and finding a way to help is a privilege I am grateful for whenever it is presented to me. My goal is to do just that, to help my clients find a way to work through the challenges of life in a way that best suits who they are in a safe, non-judgmental and collaborative approach. You already have everything you need to be happy and overcome the obstacles life has put in your way. My job is to help you discover and develop those strengths.

I have been blessed with a vast range of experiences in my professional career as a teacher, program director, athlete, coach, father of 3 adult children, and a small business owner. As a result of these opportunities and experiences, I feel I have a balanced perspective and a wide range of skills, interests, and abilities that make me very adaptable to any new challenge set before me. I also feel that this well-rounded skill set, coupled with having overcome challenges in my own life, will serve me well as I continue to seek new opportunities to connect with and help people as a counsellor.

Clinical Counsellor

Hello! My name is Charlene Forbes and I am counsellor, health coach and yoga teacher and I am passionate about mental health and embrace a holistic, biopsychosocial client-centered approach in helping clients. It’s my goal to help, heal and empower clients through the challenges and uncertainties of life within a collaborative, safe, empathetic, culturally responsive, open therapeutic alliance. My tailored approach is premised on making clients feel comfortable, validated, and understood and to help make sense and resolve the anxieties and issues clients face so they can achieve personal goals. Life by its very nature is uncertain and comes with challenges, life transitions, grief, unexpected loss, illness, and change, and I am here to help make sense and help resolve the anxieties and issues that come along with it. I specialize in deconstructing and dismantling sociocultural pressures, childhood and family issues and trauma that can manifest into poor self worth and self esteem, eating disorders, overthinking, depression and anxiety. I am here to help you manage these issues, learn, heal and create long term sustainable strategies so you can live a peaceful and content life.

I have a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology degree and a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and experienced yoga and meditation teacher and I embrace a holistic, mindfulness-based approach to mental health and wellness looks at how an individual’s overall life impacts their psychological, physical, spiritual, and emotional well- being. My approach is to help clients navigate their issues and problems within a safe, culturally responsive, collaborative empathetic, nonjudgmental, open space where we can build a therapeutic relationship designed to meet your needs.

I am passionate about mental health, physical health, disease prevention, healing, and emotional empowerment.  Life by its very nature is uncertain and comes with challenges, life transitions, grief, unexpected loss, illness, and change, and I am here to help make sense and help resolve the anxieties and issues that come along with it. I specialize in deconstructing and dismantling sociocultural pressures, childhood and family issues and trauma that can manifest into poor self worth and self esteem, eating disorders, overthinking, depression and anxiety. I am here to help you manage these issues, learn, heal and create long term sustainable strategies so you can live a peaceful and content life.

I also specialize in pre-marital, couples and relationship counselling helping clients identify their unmet needs, resolve issues and help create emotional safety, mutual understanding through effective communication promoting long lasting healthy connections.

My specialities include Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Self Esteem, Emotion Regulation, Stress Management, Life Coaching, Mindfulness-Based and Yoga Based Techniques, Health and Wellness, Couples Counselling, Relationship counselling, Separation/Divorce, Trauma, Eating Issues and Life Coaching, and Emotional Empowerment.

Clinical Counsellor

My passion for counseling has been consistently stirred by my own life experiences and need for support during, what felt like, impossible obstacles. It was not that long ago that I was the person sitting across from a counselor, using up all the Kleenex, feeling rejected, hurt, angry and hopeless. My feelings of defeat in that counseling room were met every time with compassion, empathy, understanding and the belief that tomorrow always provides the opportunity to begin again. I gained tools and resources and faced tremendous growth and self-reflection. Right now, so many people are tired, worn out and struggling with the day to day, believing that they are stuck and very much alone. My hearts passion is to help you see, that tomorrow always provides a new opportunity.

I believe that every individual has the potential and the capacity to face hardship with strength and resiliency. My passion is to help clients navigate the ever-changing landscape of their lives to discover their own strengths in the face of adversity and to celebrate the best versions of themselves. Through the therapeutic relationship I desire to create a collaborative, safe, non-judgmental and vulnerable space where clients can come to be seen, heard and known.

Whether through unexpected or planned life transition, challenging circumstances or relationship, the daily battle with chronic illness and/or pain, or simply seeking to become the best version of themselves, my passion is to provide individuals with coping skills, management strategies and resources to gain self-confidence and motivation to move from where they are to where they want to be. I believe that our past influences our present but does not define our future.

I have completed both my Undergraduate degree in Psychology and hold my Graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Clinical Counsellor

I endeavor to support people to grow through their pain, embrace their realities and move with purpose through life’s many chapters.

My goal is to meet you where you are at and foster building resiliency that will guide you forward with each new challenge life presents. Working together we will build self-confidence, compassion and deepen understanding.

Remember changing your life takes courage, I am here for you and provide a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere to support your growth. Reach out if you are:

    • A new parent or having parenting challenges.
    • Struggling with your mental health or addiction.
    • Facing a career change or feeling unsatisfied with your current career.
    • Feeling stuck.
    • Unsatisfied in your relationship.
    • Scared you are not reaching your full potential.

Since completing my Masters in Counselling Psychology with Yorkville University, the collective at Crossroads has supported me to strengthen my clinical skills through creating opportunities for personal growth and reflection.

I completed my Bachelor of Arts with a Psychology Major from Simon Fraser University in 2001 and between then and now I have acted as a personal counsellor, a group facilitator, a visitation & access supervisor, a family worker and a parent educator which entailed completing parenting assessments.  Further to this I foster parented a youngster who had fetal alcohol syndrome and have worked with neurodiverse populations across all faucets of my professional career.

I believe that we all have the capacity for personal excellence and it is my contagious enthusiasm for life that I hope to pass along to you during our session time together. I am empathic, genuine in my interventions and compassionate to all cultural, sexual orientation and socio-economic backgrounds. I will meet you with warmth, trust and respect.

You are not alone, every journey starts with a single step.

At times, we all wonder if our present-day realities are aligned with our intended paths. Was it the right time? The right job? The right relationship? Is this as good as it gets? Am I happy? Am I fulfilled? If you experience anxiety, depression, confusion or simply feel alone, counselling can offer opportunities for a deeper sense of connection to yourself, your relationships, and your life. I am here to walk alongside of you, to listen to your goals, desires and needs. Whether it is sharing long kept secrets, traumas, or personal revelations I am here to connect with you.

The following list below are my areas of specialization:

    • Supporting change/transitions.
    • Overcoming barriers.
    • Building confidence, self-esteem and sense of self.
    • Depression & anxiety.
    • Managing intense feelings, emotional regulation and anger management.
    • Past or recent trauma or abuse.
    • Parenting challenges.
    • Relationship and couples counselling.
    • Infidelity.
    • Addictions.
    • Divorce, separation and blended families.
    • Navigating strained relationships.
    • Life transitions.
    • Gender dysphoria, LGBTQ transitions & other issues.
    • Communication building.
    • Grief counselling.
    • Career planning.
    • Family planning at transitional ages: birth, school age and adult.
    • Personal goal attainment.
    • Issues with body image, health & ablism.

Clinical Counsellor

My aim is to provide a supportive, non-judgemental and safe environment to help support you through life’s difficulties. When life challenges us, it results in emotional and psychological stress in our lives. My mission is to support you in regaining control.

There are times where the challenges we face in our daily lives become too difficult to manage on our own. We may need someone to talk to. I can help navigate those who are looking to add meaning and purpose to their lives, generating motivation, and driving direction. The ability to achieve wellness and stability in our lives, exists somewhere inside each and every single one of us.

The disconnection we experience from the things that bring us happiness and joy may cause us to feel overwhelmed and paralyzed by stress. My aim is to provide a supportive, non-judgemental, and safe environment to help support you through life’s difficulties that may have you feeling stuck and under pressure. Lifes challenges result in emotional and psychological stress in our lives and my mission is to support you in regaining control.

My work stems from a holistic and integrative approach which includes mindfulness, breath work, and evidence-based modalities such as CBT, ACT, and DBT. I believe it is important to have a well-stocked arsenal of techniques as it enables me to effectively meet my clients needs. I assist my clients in accepting life challenges, discovering their strengths and abilities, and committing to change. My warm, gentle, empathetic, and attentive approach allows my clients to feel validated, empowered, and hopeful. I work from a variety of perspectives and work towards building self-compassion into your daily life.

I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Counselling. I have several years of experience working with youth on the Autism spectrum as a Behaviour Interventionist.

I have experience working with a broad range of mental health difficulties along with life challenges. I have worked alongside parents and teachers. My main areas of focus are those who present with anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation. I also work with those who have experienced grief/loss, life transitions (school, work, moving), anger, and conflict resolution. I have experience helping support clients in setting boundaries in place, regaining control in their lives, and practicing self-compassion and mindfulness. My background provides me with an understanding to work with couples and families through a range of issues. Throughout my years of experience, I have also worked with those who identify as LGBTQ.

My warm, gentle, and compassionate nature allows me to build trust/rapport with my clients and allows me to create a safe place to openly share all thoughts and feelings. Ever since I incorporated self-compassion and mindfulness into my own life, I have responded to challenges in my life with kindness and understanding towards myself. By soothing and comforting ourselves when we’re hurting, we offset self-criticism and feelings of failure. I believe mental health is just as important as physical health. My duty is to join you on your path towards creating space for healing, change, and improved sense of well-being.

Clinical Counsellor

I have a deep love for working with all populations, youth, couples, and elders. I am committed to providing excellent counselling services in a timely fashion, with the goal of serving your needs. My expertise is in working with children and youth with educational and relationship challenges.

I work most effectively with children and youth who struggle with relationship issues. Having had severe dyslexia at a young age, has given me a wealth of compassion for those who struggle in school or in life.

I have been working with young people for almost 30 years, as both a teacher and as a registered clinical counsellor. 

Being from Newfoundland, I have a profound appreciation for community, learning, and laughter. Growing up on an island, one experiences a unique sense of community that translates into helping one another whenever needed.  My love of learning began from the time I learned to read and write, which was hampered by severe dyslexia, which took me a few years to catch up to my peers.  Because I believe that laughter is the language of the soul, I seek to delight in the person I am working with.  Counselling is a partnership that, at its most effective, is built upon integrity, commitment and an unconditional respect.  

When not at my office, I love to spend time with family, reading, and playing tennis. I am insatiably fascinated by peoples’ choices and motivations. I am deeply grateful to participate in this work.

The following list below are my areas of specialization:

  • School Issues
  • Coping Skills
  • Teen Violence
  • Peer Relationships
  • Stress
  • Relationship Issues
  • Family Conflict
  • Trauma
  • Self Esteem
  • Spirituality

Clinical Counsellor

Mental health is a critical element of a fulfilling life. Yet, for some, it is just a mirage. As we transition through life, we experience unhappiness, anxiousness, depression, grief, and loss, which can have negative effects on our mind, body and soul and even negatively impact those around us. Although reaching out to a counsellor can make a person feel vulnerable it is through that vulnerability that assists us in building self-esteem, confidence and resilience to move forward in our lives. In my practice, I emphasize creating a trusting professional relationship using compassion, empathy and understanding your circumstance more clearly. With added support and education, we can alleviate the current intensity of the struggle or difficult situation. I am a Registered Clinical counsellor,  Registered Social Worker and a Certified Clinical Supervisor assisting other clinicians in their practice. I have been in private practice for over 25 years. I have worked in the health field as counsellor, advocate, coach, and group facilitator assisting people in the areas of:
    • Child Development and Parenting Struggles
    • Suicide Ideation and mental health in Children and Adults
    • Separation and Divorce
    • Depression and Anxiety / Mood Disorders
    • Grief and Loss counselling
    • Past or Recent Trauma
    • Communication / Anger Management
    • Assertiveness and Boundaries
    • Life Transitions
    • Personal development
    • Relationship and couples counselling
    • Sex Therapy for couples
    • Eating disorders and addictions
    • Gender dysphoria, LGBTQ transitions & other issues
Some tools/training that I use in my sessions
    • CBT
    • Emotion regulation
    • Resilience building
    • Sleep Hygiene
I practice and value the client-centered model knowing that you have your own answers. At this time in your personal or professional struggle, you may simply require different and unique questioning to come to a clearer understanding of your current situation. The single most important first step is to align with someone you will quickly know, like, and trust so that you can be as open and honest as your forge a new path for yourself.  I am intuitive, insightful, astute, and personable. I would be honored to join you on your journey to a deeper understanding of your resilience and personal development.
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