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International Student Counsellor

I was born on Musqueam territory and have spent a good portion of my life as a grateful visitor on the beautiful Lkwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territories. I love the diversity of the lands around us, the rich colours of the forests and the mountains, the sea, the animal life and green growth everywhere!

I am an International Student Counsellor with Camosun College International. I have been with CCI since 2010 and previously worked at the University of Victoria for 7 years. I hold a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology and previously completed an Education Degree specializing in Drama and French. Since receiving my Masters, I have continued in depth training working with many forms of trauma.

International students face a variety of new responsibilities and challenges. These can include, but are not limited to: stress and anxiety; loneliness, homesickness and culture shock; academic pressures; low confidence and self-esteem; confusion; career exploration; challenges in communication; crisis; and relationship issues.

Counselling can provide support to deal with these challenges and discuss concerns in a friendly and culturally sensitive environment. I believe that effective counselling starts with building a safe and collaborative relationship that is based on respect and compassion. I draw on several approaches to counselling that include supporting clients to build on their resources and strengths, gain practical skills, develop self awareness and practice mindfulness. I believe in using a holistic approach that recognizes the powerful connection between the mind and body. My passion for counselling stems from a deep curiosity and strong respect for diversity and desire to collaborate with others in building health, wellness, and ultimately peace within our communities.

I greatly value the learning I have gained from my time living, studying and working in places as diverse as West Africa, Europe, Central America, and the United States. After experiencing living in several home stay families in other countries, I also have had the privilege of hosting over 25 international students in our home over the past ten years. These experiences help me to understand some of the issues international students face here in Canada.