I am an art therapist and counsellor in West Vancouver. My educational background combines two of my greatest passions: art and psychology. I completed my undergraduate degree at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts. I completed my graduate studies at Adler University, where I earned a Master of Counselling Psychology: Art Therapy degree. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC), and a Professional Member of the British Columbia Art Therapy Association (BCATA). I am also the Ethics Chair for the BCATA.
I am an Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT)™ Certified Counsellor (Level III). Additionally, I have completed several other specialized trainings in topics such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), Adlerian art therapy, working with Indigenous populations, and helping trauma survivors recover from self-destructive cycles of behaviour. Participating in ongoing professional development is an important part of my practice, because expanding my knowledge base means expanding my ability to thoroughly address the concerns my clients bring forward. I also truly love to learn.
My path to becoming a counsellor and an art therapist was greatly influenced by my personal healing journey and those who helped me through difficult periods of my own life. I know this process works because I have seen it work in my own life as well as the lives of others. I have an optimistic view of the counselling process, and I believe that everyone is capable of change. To me, the therapeutic relationship is a collaborative one in which the counsellor must be open to each client's individual needs. Nobody has more expertise on the client's life than the client, so as a counsellor I try to create an environment in which clients feel safe to openly share their experiences without criticism or judgment.
In my free time, I enjoy practicing yoga, travelling, reading, making art, going to the cinema, playing squash and tennis, walking in nature with my dogs, live music, swimming, and spending time with my family and friends.
If you have any specific questions regarding the above information, I'd be happy to address these over the phone or during your free in-person consultation at Oasis Creative Counselling in West Vancouver.