Counselling opens up the potential for space to be created for you to experience what it means for you to become more present to your thoughts, emotions, and experiences, both as an individual and as a voice within the bigger whole of your family and/or community. My aim is to respect your values, norms, and beliefs, whether they are similar or different than my own. Counselling with me is a collaborative process from start to finish. As I join with you in your story, the invitation is for you to actively engage the process with my support.
Though I offer to meet you where you are at, I tend to draw from a blend of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Attachment Theory (AT), and Spiritually-Oriented Psychotherapy. Though I do not limit myself or you to only these approaches, I have found the benefits of these approaches include an increase in compassionate attention to clients’ thoughts, emotions, and sensory experiences and an increase in working through presenting issues from this same compassionate lens. Clients are then more able to extend this compassionate attention into their relationships with their families or communities.
I am an Associate Professional Counsellor under the licensing regulatory body PACCP (Professional Association of Christian Counselors and Psychotherapists). I hold a Master of Arts in Counselling and have two years’ experience counselling individual adults ranging in age from 20 to 85. As a former Youth Pastor, I have 10 years’ experience working with youth but because I do not hold a Child and Youth Counselor designation, it is on a case-by-case basis I would counsel adolescents and in concert with my supervisor. I am also an advocate of life-long learning and am consistently engaging in ways to offer more effective support to my clients.