Like many people, I had no idea what I wanted to be when I “grew up". I have been a lifeguard, worked with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, worked with Big Brothers Big Sisters and many other odd jobs throughout the years. The common denominator in all of these positions is that I enjoy working with people. I was able to support individuals in different capacities through these roles but only at a very superficial level. I saw the struggles that teens were experiencing, the daily stress for parents of special needs children, and that everyone at some point goes through difficult times in their life. It’s at these times that an extra level of support is beneficial. I knew I wanted to do more in this field.
I started to pursue other ways of working with people to expand my knowledge; working with Victim Services, Crisis Intervention, and Bereavement Support with Squamish Hospice Society. During this time, I completed my Master of Arts Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. I also completed Applied Suicide Intervention Skills training, Bereavement Training for Professionals, and Psychological First Aid.
By combining my education and skills with my past experience working with people, one to one counselling has become my chosen field of work. Through counselling I can support individuals in the community at a deeper level. I am able to commit the time in sessions to fully connect and develop trust in the relationship; to allow a safe place to discuss and work through what may be going on in your life. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is the foundation for a successful counselling relationship. By utilizing techniques such as cognitive behaviour therapy, positive psychology, and working from a client-centered approach, I can support individuals that are open and ready to make changes in their lives.