Department Chair Counsellor (on leave)
I have been a visitor on Coast Salish territory for the majority of my life. The past 6 years on Squamish territory, and now again on Lkwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territories after a recent move back to Vancouver Island. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with experience in post-secondary settings and private practice with a wide range of men, women, couples, parents, and teen clients. My professional training and experience spans the past 10 years and includes a Masters in Counselling Psychology (specializing in Mind-Body Psychology) from School of Holistic Studies at John F. Kennedy University. I also pursued my passion for integrative counselling approaches by completing an additional two year professional training from the Psycho-Physical Therapy Institute, and am currently a trainer in training for the Comprehensive Resource Model (a neuroscience based trauma resolution model). On an ongoing basis I complete further training in a variety of topics to help you benefit from the most recent research in mental health, healing and human change processes.
Prior to joining the Camosun counselling team, I worked at Quest University Canada as Campus Counsellor supporting post-secondary students across a broad range of life issues. My counselling experience also includes private practice work in Oakland, Squamish and Victoria. Prior to my career change as a counsellor 11 year ago, I spent 8 years working in a variety of roles in the software industry. My personal passions are an interest in functional fitness (Crossfit), meditation and spiritual topics, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying the beautiful land around us.
I focus on offering my clients a combination of traditional approaches to counselling combined with leading edge mind-body research on mindfulness, trauma resolution, attachment psychology, neuroscience and other integrative views on mental health and well-being I have a particular passion and expertise in helping clients resolve and heal trauma through grounded and safe neuroscience based methods (both incident based trauma, and more developmental or relational experiences). In my approach the mind, body, emotions and spirit/existential ideas are all welcome and important topics for counselling. Whatever brings you to the counselling offices, I look forward to supporting you on your journey.
As Chair of the Counselling Department, I can be a resource for you if you have questions or feedback about our service.