I have been providing individual counselling since 2007 and began my practice Counselling in Chilliwack in 2017. I have training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness & Acceptance Therapy . I also have certification in Cyber (Online) Counselling from the University of Toronto and I recently completed Emotion-Focused Therapy training through the Vancouver Couple and Family Institute.
Most recently, I completed a Diploma in Substance Misuse Medicine.
I have experience working with individuals with:
Depression & Low Mood
Anxiety Disorders & Panic Attacks
Trauma & PTSD
Borderline Personality Disorder
Sex & Gender Issues
Parenting & Teen Mediation
During the first few sessions my primary purpose is to conduct a thorough assessment of what is going on for you. This includes finding out what brought you to counselling, your level of distress, your current supports & coping skills (or perhaps lack of them), and your goals of counselling.
Through the process of assessment we will develop what I like to call our "working hypothesis". This is our understanding of the problem and it serves to inform and guide our work together.
Once we have a working hypothesis we can begin to develop a treatment plan. The treatment plan will outline exactly what we are going to be doing to help you attain your goal(s).
The next step is to implement the treatment plan. You can think of this as the action stage because this is where we begin to learn apply new skills and coping strategies and actually test out our working hypotheses to see if our treatment plan is effective.
Remember that counselling is a dynamic and bi-directional process; that is, we are always assessing, hypothesizing, revisting our treatment plan and monitoring the effectiveness of counselling. Change is not always linear; in fact, many times it is a multiple-step process sometimes it even involves taking two steps forward and one step back! This is how change happens. Change is a process.
Ultimately the goal of counselling is to decrease your level of distress and to increase your level of understanding, personal awareness, and to improve your coping skills. It is my job, and my commitment to you as your therapist, to facilitate this process. Click the button below to schedule your first session.