I am a Vancouver-based, registered social worker and counsellor ( MSW, RSW) that offers support to adults, children and families, both in-person and virtually. I have over ten years of experience working with individuals, children, families and youth in counselling, health care, family preservation, and community development.
I have a Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of British Columbia, and I am registered with the BC College of Social Workers (RSW). My background in social work provides me with a unique lens to approach counselling, in that I am not looking only at the individual, but the environment, family, community and other factors that may be impacting an individual’s overall health and wellness.
I was raised in Vancouver (mostly), and I am a mother of a vibrant 18 month old and have been with my partner for eight years. I believe in strong networks of community support, and simple living. We bike to the farmer’s market weekly and tend a small garden with two bunnies, Guus and Zeus. 🐇🐇 Before completing my degree in social work, I worked in community development, promoting access to quality education, both in BC for a personalized special education learning program, and as executive director for a non-profit working in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. I also am a trained birth doula.
Working with Children/Youth/Families
I am currently working on my Post-Graduate Diploma in Complex Trauma and Childhood Sexual Abuse through the Justice Institute of BC which focuses on somatic treatments and ”body work,”as well as NICABM’s Advanced Masters Program on the treatment of trauma.
I have been working the past four years in health care, with my most recent placement at BC Children’s Hospital supporting children diagnosed with diabetes and other endocrine concerns. My experience with families and children in the health care setting also includes supporting: children with chronic health issues, families adjusting to new realities (child’s diagnosis, grief and loss), children and youth with symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as collaborative problem solving between children and parents (improving communication, addressing behavioural concerns, etc.)
Prior to working in health care, I worked for community agencies supporting families with crisis intervention, parenting skills, and adjustment to coparenting and separation. Learn more about Child/Family counselling.
Working with Adults
Prior to BC Children’s Hospital, I worked with adults at Surrey Memorial, VGH, Burnaby Hospital, and Jim Pattison Outpatient Care Center adjusting to new life circumstances. This included support for individuals navigating HIV diagnosis and management, acute psychiatric concerns, chronic health issues, pregnancy and postpartum care, end of life, trans care, and immigration to Canada. Learn more about Individual Counselling.
“What a tough year, or more, it has been for so many of us. Some of us are craving connection and community. Some of us have been forced to reinvent ourselves, or take inventory of our lives to decide what really matters and where we want to spend our limited time and energy. Some of us have spent increased time with family members or partners which has highlighted challenges in communication, or aspects of our relationships and ourselves that we would like to take a closer look at.
These are taxing and challenging times, and with that comes an an opportunity ripe for growth and development. “