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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 and adults who face challenges in mental health, suicidal ideation, anxiety, depression, 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

Through collective collaboration I will support your child with practical techniques that can be implemented into daily life. My goal is to build a strong foundation for the now and future by incorporating play and having fun into our sessions. I love finding ways to disguise work as games to create a positive and enriching experience for your child. I can ensure you peace of mind knowing your child will enjoy their time with me and look forward to coming back.

I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology with Trinity Western University.

For the past ten years I have worked with children in a variety of settings including, home-based, swim instructing, and community-based programs. I was employed with Langley School District as both a Special Education Assistant and a Child and Youth Care Worker supporting students in elementary schools.

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, Play Therapist

I believe in the healing power of the therapeutic alliance and the innate capacity of every human being to heal and grow when provided the right support and opportunity. When we are given a chance to tell our story in the context of an empathic and non-judgmental relationship—healing can begin. Let’s start your journey!

I would be honoured to bear witness to your story and believe that through a strong, empathic, and non-judgmental therapeutic relationship, you will rise. My hope is to provide a safe space where you will feel cared for and heard.

My belief in the counselling process has been encouraged through my own positive personal experiences with counselling. Many of us experience times in our lives when we are faced with challenges, transitions, fears, loss, or decisions that may feel impossible to face alone. Counselling can help to navigate these difficult experiences, provide resources and tools to help you to heal and grow and be redeemed into happier, healthier more productive versions of yourself. Some of the challenges counselling can help you navigate are:

    • parenting struggles
    • grief and loss
    • relationship issues
    • mental health challenges such as anxiety or depression
    • big life transitions
    • stress
    • emotion regulation

I work with youth, individuals, and couples. My approach is holistic, person centered, trauma informed, and strengths based. I also use mindfulness and experiential techniques as well as evidence-based strategies from cognitive behaviour therapy.

I love yoga, beaches, chocolate, and summertime. I am an avid dog lover and believe in the therapeutic capacity of our furry friends. I look forward to meeting you and supporting you on your journey to wellness.

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 believe it is my role to help you harness your natural ability to heal. In a safe and non-judgmental environment, I will support you to deepen your own insights and self-awareness. My goal is to work with you, to help you, to begin to understand and put words to your feelings and experiences. When we can articulate our experiences and emotions it helps us to begin to create a sense of understanding and control in our lives. I will work to educate you on why you may feel or act a certain way. I will help you move through and release feelings such as  anger, anxiety, shame, loneliness, self-criticism, and grief. My goal is to help you develop self-compassion and find hope and joy for the future. In session I use a holistic and attachment based approach to counselling that helps you achieve this.

As a Trauma focused therapist, I help people who have experienced difficulties and challenges at any stage in their life. I  use my specialized training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Focusing and Mindfulness to help you process and understand your experiences. Together we will work to empower you to find new ways to harness your natural capacity to heal and move forward in your life.

I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) through BCACC. I completed my Master’s of Arts in Counselling Psychology and my Bachelor degree in Child and Youth Care. On my professional journey I have worked with children, youth, families, parents and foster parents. My work has allowed me to see no matter how big a problem feels; it is human nature to want to move forward and restore balance to our lives.

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 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, Play Therapist

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.

    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

    It is my goal to provide you with a nonjudgmental and supportive environment to encourage you through your life’s transitions and challenges. I can help you regain control of your mental health and wellbeing through a holistic and integrative lens, accounting for what makes you who you are and who you may want to be. Life is full of transitions and changes that can be hard to face alone. It could be anything – school, career, family, friends, love, or even moving to a new place. I can provide you with extra support through such changes, where you are given a safe space to share freely with me as I help you move forward in your life. Everyone is made up of unique parts that make them whole, from their life experiences, culture, gender, and even their familial background, which I am respectful of when working with you. I hope to use these parts to help you work on your resiliency and belief in yourself. Stress can present itself in a multitude of ways, such as physically, mentally, or emotionally, spilling over into multiple areas of your life. I would like to help you learn to manage such stressors appropriately, resulting in you becoming a happier and more fulfilled self. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)  and also have my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. I have previously obtained my Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and have extensive experience working with marginalized populations from diverse backgrounds, including those with undiagnosed mental health challenges, addiction issues, family fragmentation, and identity issues. I work with children, youth, and adults, as well as all genders. I like to use a variety of techniques, such as mindfulness, person-centered, Alderian, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, EMDR, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. I aim to provide you with a safe space where you can share without judgment and feel heard and respected for your life experiences and needs. The journey to healing is a collaborative process that I hope to help you navigate successfully. I am registered to work with ICBC, CVAP, and Humanacare clients as well. Some of the areas I can help you with include:
      • Stress
      • Anxiety
      • Burnout
      • Building confidence
      • Career planning
      • Coping skills
      • Depression
      • Divorce
      • Emotional regulation
      • Establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries
      • Family conflict
      • Grief
      • Health and wellness
      • Life transitions
      • Racial identity
      • Relationship issues
      • School issues
      • Self-esteem
      • Stress

    Clinical Counsellor

    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 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

    Art Therapist, Play Therapist

    Whether you are re-taking control of your life and starting over or you are looking to set time aside for your mental wellbeing, Art Therapy can help. Art Therapy is widely used as an auxiliary treatment for depression, illness and chronic pain, addiction and trauma. Children and Youth particularly respond well to Art Therapy as it offers a less confrontational approach to counseling.

    I have experience working with children and youth with various challenges stemming from parental separation, anxiety disorders, grief and loss and especially difficulties with social inclusion and feeling outcasted. I encourage you to reach out and start your wellness journey. I truly look forward to showing you how Art Therapy can help better your life.

    I am an Art Therapist with over six years of experience providing trauma informed mental health and addictions support to vulnerable clients in Surrey. Art Therapy is a treatment approach that combines the creative process and psychotherapy, facilitating self-exploration and understanding.

    A common misconception is that artistic ‘skill’ or ‘talent’ is required to benefit from art therapy. In fact, many artists find that their perfectionistic attitude towards their skill level promotes anxiety and a sense of failure. The purpose of Art Therapy is to promote wellness by engaging your creativity, playfulness and problem solving skills.

    I have a Masters Level Diploma in Art Therapy from Vancouver Art Therapy Institute which followed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of British Columbia. My training background and experience includes community outreach, addictions and trauma work and family counselling. I have extensive experience working with children, teens and families and have a personal interest in connecting with families who are newly arrived in Canada.

    As a young person who experienced uprooting one’s life and moving across the world to start over, I quickly found my passion working with children and youth in Surrey neighbourhoods where the kids often acted as English interpreters for their parents. These families had the unique challenge of finding that their children were more independent and capable of navigating their new environment and culture than they were. The disconnection and alienation they experienced created large gaps in communication causing anger and hurt on both sides. The youth centre programs I ran helped bridge this gap allowing the kids to draw strength from their resilience and find creative ways of engaging their parents and bringing the community together. I also participated in community outreach, forging alliances with at risk youth vulnerable to homelessness and addiction.

    More recently I have been working with women struggling with trauma and multiple barriers (justice system involvement, homelessness, generational trauma, addiction) and found that Art Therapy provided something that regular psychotherapy couldn’t – a way to own their story and become authors of their own experience, creating something tangible out of their pain and self-advocating in the process.

    How I work with clients:

    I work with clients in a variety of ways and I cater my methods to my client’s needs and therapeutic goals. Often, I will introduce a client to a theme and suggest a directive which will touch on or evoke a response in that theme.

    An example would be working with the theme of identity. I would ask the client to create a sculptural lifeline which would showcase their life journey, major life events, accomplishments etc. The client will have an opportunity to choose the size of the sculpture, materials used (wire, paper mache, cardboard, string) and which events or information to include. Some clients prefer to talk about their process while they are creating, while others prefer to discuss their results upon completion. A theme can be explored over a number of sessions and through various directives like masks, photos, body tracings, sculpture.

    The resulting artistic product is the property of the client and retains the same confidentiality protection as the context discussed in a session. It is up to the client how the art is handled, stored or disposed of. As well, a client’s permission is required to share the art with others outside of the scope of supervision.

    Here are some specific examples of clients I work with/have worked with in the past:

      • Child whose parents have recently separated and is experiencing extreme separation anxiety
      • Mother and young (4) child, fleeing domestic abuse and child acting out through aggression towards Mom
      • Young adult woman recently moved out from home due to Mom’s substance use, struggling with self-worth and depression.
      • Young woman awaiting trial for robbery, with multiple childhood trauma incidents, survivor of incest.
      • Autistic child experiencing alienation from peers and loneliness, rejection.
      • Autistic adult, exploring their authentic self and wanting to delve into their masking behaviour and repression of their intrinsic self regulation mechanisms.
      • Child who recently experienced the loss of an estranged parent due to suicide.
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