In therapy, we work collaboratively to examine your story – and to re-write it together in a way that is more helpful to you.
I am trained as a therapist through City University of Seattle’s masters in counselling psychology program, where I graduated with presidential honours. Currently I’m registered as a Canadian Certified Counsellor (#1374) through the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association , and as a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#11578) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, ensuring third-party accountability in my practice. I am available for individual, couples, family, or group therapy.
I have extensive experience assisting individuals struggling with complex dilemmas including:
- substance use
Having worked alongside people facing issues like homelessness, gang involvement, childhood trauma, and opiate use, clients often note my non-judgmental demeanor. My approach is collaborative, strengths-based, and respectful. I tend to not position myself as “expert,” but rather to work with the person’s own expertise and competencies and work as an ally for them in turning their life in a desired direction.
One of my primary influences in this work is Narrative Therapy – Alice Morgan (2000) provides a helpful summary:
Narrative therapy seeks to be a respectful, non-blaming approach to counselling and community work, which centres people as the experts in their own lives. It views problems as separate from people and assumes people have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments and abilities that will assist them to reduce the influence of problems in their lives.
My other primary approach is Secular Buddhism – drawing on the therapeutic elements of Buddhism in a non-theistic, non-dogmatic manner, to assist people in liberating themselves from human suffering. Meditation can be part of your treatment plan if you wish, and there is more detail on that in the Meditation section.
Therapy sessions generally last for 1.5 hours. Included in my fees are therapeutic letters between sessions, a rare and often valuable service. Please inquire with me about fee structure.