We all desire to discover and live out of the best parts of who we are. But sometimes we want to explore those parts of ourselves where we experience struggle or pain. Perhaps you need help stopping unhealthy patterns or behaviours. Therapy can be a practical way to get the support you need, and it helps uncover your strengths and resources. Therapy can make a difference – whether you are struggling with an unhealthy behaviour or addiction, experiencing the negative impacts of trauma, or seeking new tools to be the best version of yourself. My goal is to provide an environment that offers the tools, support, and hope you need to move forward in your life.
My approach is rooted in an understanding of how we are wired from a physical and neurological perspective. Simply put, this means that I am curious about how our entire being is impacted by difficulties. But I am also very interested in how our entire being is part of the solution to those difficulties. My core beliefs about how we heal are built on this understanding of ourselves:
- We all have an intrinsic capacity for growth and change.
- Understanding ourselves and how we are wired helps us make sense of our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours.
- If we have access to the support and resources we need, we have an ability to move through difficult life experiences and change unhealthy behaviours.
I approach addiction and addiction treatment like a puzzle. What creates the vulnerability to addiction? What are the factors that maintain it? What are the things that will help a person recover? Exploring these questions are crucial to supporting someone wanting to change unhealthy patterns of substance abuse or behavioural addiction. Recovery is also about discovering what works to help create lasting change. My training and experience also allow me to help facilitate healing from trauma or past experiences where you may feel “stuck”. Working through traumatic experiences can help you feel more empowered, make choices more freely, and experience more enjoyment in life.
Whether you are struggling with anxiety, engaging in addictive patterns,
or experiencing the impacts of past traumatic events, my goal is to help you
discover or rediscover the best parts of who you truly are.
What i can help with:
Most of my clients are seeking support in one or more of the following areas:
Anxiety: Anxiety is something we all experience – it’s an inevitable part of life but there are times when it interferes with living. Overwhelming anxiety can lead to symptoms such as sleep difficulties, intrusive thoughts, or avoidance behaviours. It is also a common reason that people misuse drugs or alcohol. The good news is that there is help for anxiety. There are numerous tools that can help you lower debilitating anxiety, conquer your fears, and help you enjoy your life more fully.
Depression: Depression is often associated with a sense of hopelessness or having no solution to a difficult situation. It can lead to a loss of interest in life and increased feelings of isolation. Depression can leave you feeling caught in a cycle of negative thinking, hopelessness, and despair. Therapy is about finding where hope still exists and building on it. Therapy can help connect you to what still works in your life as well as exploring the places of struggle.
Grief and loss: Grief is very much a part of living but we tend to avoid grieving our losses. Often, unhealthy behaviours or addictions are an attempt to avoid our grief. Allowing ourselves to grieve losses instead of denying or minimizing them is how we heal from the past and move forward into hope and new possibilities.
I am available for private counselling in downtown Vancouver. My office is located 5 minutes from the Waterfront Station for those using the SkyTrain or SeaBus.
Tuesday - Thursday
#207 – 850 West Hastings Street
I offer a free 15-minute phone consultation to identify your goals for counselling and to see if I am a good fit.
- 1 hour individual session $150
(Office visit, telephone, or Skype session)
- 1.5 hour couples / family session $225
Although face-to-face counselling is optimal, there are situations where that is not possible. Online or telephone sessions might be an option if you:
- Live in a community with limited therapy resources
- Have health issues that make traveling difficult
- Have work or other commitments that prevent office sessions
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with registration through two associations:
- British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (www.bc-counsellors.org)
- Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (www.ccpa-accp.ca)