Children, youth at risk, and families who have been affected by physical and psychological disabilities, abuse, addiction, and mental health
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I enjoy exploring new places and going on adventures.
I like camping, hiking and cycling with my kids.
When I was young I would travel to Portugal with my grandparents.
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with 15+ years of experience working with children, youth at risk, and families who have been affected by physical and psychological disabilities, abuse, addiction, and mental health.
Born and raised in Vancouver, I spent my early years living with my grandparents while my mom pursued her education. My grandfather was a caring, loving man who had an answer for everything. My grandmother was a gentle and kind woman who taught me compassion for all people. I was always attentive when listening to the wise words and stories of my grandparents. Each night I would hear my grandparents talking to each other about their day, I found this comforting. At a young age, I experienced the power of communication, compassion and empathy. As a counsellor, I bring forward the wisdom from those who have had a significant influence in my life.
I believe in working collaboratively with my clients. I am able to incorporate several techniques and strategies during sessions; such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Somatic approaches as well as Strength-Based approaches. Working collaboratively with one another, I am committed to creating a safe and non-judgmental environment.
I am currently working with adults, couples, families, and teens/kids in areas such as depression, anxiety, fostering healthy relationships, communication, transitions, chronic health conditions and pain management. I have completed internships through Vancouver Coastal Health in Concurrent Disorders and have sought opportunities to learn other means of working collaboratively in the community. With an open heart and an authentic manner, I am committed to working with people who feel a loss of belonging or connection. Throughout the past year during the global Covid-19 pandemic, I have seen an increase in isolation for older adults affecting their physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental wellbeing. I worked to create a sense of community by connecting older adults to resources, helping individuals to obtain access to enable the use of technology as well as utilized my training in Clinical Counselling to work with individuals through therapeutic processes.
I continue to further my education and experience through the Doctor of Social Sciences from Royal Roads University. I have completed several certificates and diplomas in areas such as Classroom and Community Support through Douglas College (2005), Professional Counselling, Vancouver College of Counsellor Training (2016). I hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Leadership from Trinity Western University (2017), and a Master’s Degree in Counselling through City University of Seattle (2020).