My educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree (BA) in Psychology from Queen’s University and a Master’s degree (M. Ed) in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia. I am also a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and am registered as a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC).
Counselling issues and approach
I work with individuals on a variety of issues to help them cope, manage and develop skills for positive change in their lives.
Some of the common issues that clients bring to counselling include:
- Grief/loss or life transitions
- Cultural issues
- Relationship and family issues
- Finding lifestyle balance
- Coping with stress
- Dealing with conflict and improving communication skills in relationships
- Career exploration, assessments and clarifying life goals
My approach to counselling is very much “person-centred”. This involves developing rapport with you through listening and focusing on understanding and respecting your perspective and experience. Hopefully through counselling you will gain insight, understanding and self- compassion about your life situation, and about the ways that your mind, body and emotions react. This self awareness is an important foundation for building resilience and making changes. I will work with you to help you identify personal strengths, resources and practice positive coping skills. I will also support and encourage you as you use new insights and skills in managing your life challenges and working towards the goals that are important to you.
Some of the counselling techniques I use in my holistic approach include: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Training, Motivational Interviewing, Positive Psychology and Brief Therapy.