BA. BEd. MA. RCC.
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and began my private practice to help struggling youth by empowering their caregivers so that they can be their best selves in order to help their children thrive. For the past eight years I have been working as both a middle and high school counsellor in the Victoria and Saanich school districts on Vancouver Island. Previously, I worked with youth at risk as a Crisis Intervention and Withdrawal Management Counsellor for Victoria's Youth Empowerment Society. I graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education and a Masters in Counselling Psychology.
Both my education and experiences have taught me that it is imperative for youth to feel connected to one caring and supportive adult, and in a perfect world, that would be their caregiver(s) and my goal is to help make that happen.
After spending years counselling youth, I decided to build my own private practice with a focus on the health and wellness of caregivers. When a caregiver’s mental health is supported, it is more likely that they will be able to reconnect with their children and foster resilience within them. I believe that mental health should be looked at through a holistic lens, and my motto is "invest in the person, not the outcome". When families grow together, they experience lasting change.
My counselling style is non-judgmental, but I also challenge my client's assumptions and perceptions. My goal is to help you see things in a new light, and guide you in discovering solutions that work best for you and your family.
If you have any questions about how I can help you, feel free to contact me.
I am graduate student at the University of Victoria doing a masters degree in counselling psychology. I have an honours degree in Psychology from UVIC and spent my time after graduation working as a behaviour interventionist with those on the Autism spectrum. I worked with youth and helped them maintain behaviour change to support positive social skills, academic success, and self regulation. My previous experience working with youth with neurodiversities and their families has propelled my desire to continue supporting these populations from a counselling lens. I have noticed in my previous work that teens and young adults struggle through numerous unique challenges as they transition out of high school and into their lives as young adults. Despite the challenges faced by all, resources to the young adult age group are few and far between, hence my desire to help fill this gap and support them with independence, self esteem, navigation of social pressures, anxiety associated with vocational change, and tools to develop and maintain heathy adult relationships. Additionally, I have a strong belief that a cohesive, supportive home environment does wonders for children and parents alike, and I strive to support children and parents collaboratively to achieve such harmony.
I am passionate about supporting children and youth through a multitude of challenges,
by creating safe and supportive relationships with them. I’m working on my Master’s of
Counselling Psychology at the University of Victoria after having obtained my undergraduate
degree in Child and Youth Care. I have spent several years running support groups for children
and youth ages 7-15 which were focused on topics such as body-image, self-esteem, anxiety,
and other elements of social emotional wellness.
Children between the ages of 7-15 find this to be a time of overwhelming and confusing
changes. I will assist children and youth in navigating these challenges by helping them reflect
on who they are and who they want to be. Together we will focus on strengthening identity and
self-esteem, while learning how to better express and manage emotions. Pre-teens often
encounter body image issues which I will address by incorporating elements of narrative
therapy. Additionally, I will provide practical tools for anxiety management which are informed
by mindfulness practices and acceptance commitment therapy. Elements of art therapy and
play therapy will be incorporated when appropriate as alternative ways for children to express
their feelings and emotions.
I believe everyone has an innate capacity to overcome life’s challenges and I’m looking
forward to supporting my clients on their mental wellness journey.