My grandparents came to this Island over 130 years ago as Chinese settlers and were part of old Chinatown – a bit like the exhibit in the museum downtown! I’m grateful to the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples for allowing four generations of my family to live, work and play on their beautiful territories. Taking TELŦIN TŦE WILNEW was an important part of my journey to understand the history of these territories, and it continues to inform my relationship to the land, my own family history, and how I work with people.
Things I love most about counselling are being able to talk about what really matters to you and the magic of taking a hard situation and turning it into an opportunity for growth. Social justice is important to me, as is working holistically to understand the many interrelated factors affecting your life – from physical health to intergenerational trauma. My approach to counselling involves supporting you to find your own path based on your strengths and values. We are often wiser and more resourceful than we realize but sometimes we have to get out of our own way. This means listening to our bodies, our intuition, and inner wisdom.
I’m a geek who finds neuroplasticity fascinating and love that brain science is helping us understand how ancient practices like music, meditation, and plant medicines can be deeply therapeutic. My happy place involves making something with my hands while listening to a great podcast really late at night.