I am a Vancouver-based, registered social worker and counsellor ( MSW, RSW) that offers support to adults, youth and families, both in-person and virtually. I have over ten years of experience working 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 also the environment, family, community and other factors that may be impacting an individual’s overall health and wellness.
I was raised in Vancouver, and I am a mother of a vibrant little one, and have been with my partner for ten 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.
Complex Trauma and Somatic Work
I am part of the Post-Graduate Program in Complex Trauma through the Justice Institute of BC, which teaches an integrative approach to the assessment and treatment of complex trauma, drawing on the most current clinical and evidence-based material on effective complex trauma intervention, as well as the most recent research on attachment, neurobiology, memory and dissociation. I have also completed NICABM’s Advanced Masters Program on the integrative treatment of trauma and plan to continue my professional development in complex trauma trainings.
Working with Children/Youth/Families
I have previously worked 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 and transitions. 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.
Justice Institute of BC, Complex Trauma Graduate Program (ongoing)
NICABM Advanced Master’s Program on the treatment of Trauma
(Pat Ogden, PhD Stephen Porges, PhD Bessel van der Kolk, MD Janina Fisher, PhD Kathy Steele, MN, CS Deb Dana, LCSW Ruth Lanius, MD, PhD Thema Bryant-Davis, PhD, Peter Levine, PhD, Stephen Porges, PhD)
Attachment Centered Play Therapy with Clair Mellenthin
University of British Columbia, Masters of Social Work, Registration with the BC College of Social Workers , Member of the BC Association of Social Workers
University of British Columbia, Masters of Arts – International Relations and Community Development
San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training
Douglas College, DONA Doula Certification
Statement on Respect and Inclusion
“I am dedicated to continuing my learning journey in anti-racist, anti-oppressive and inclusive practices. My goal is to offer you a collaborative and authentic connection, and I strive to provide a safe and non-judgemental space for learning and growth. ” — Megan Morrison (MSW,RSW)