My counselling and art therapy practice is located on the Sunshine Coast in Gibsons, BC, but is currently online. I have a Masters Degree in Counselling with a specialization in Art Therapy and am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) as well as a professional member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). Psychiatrist, Irvin Yalom, wrote something that really resonates with me; “I prefer to think of my patients and myself as fellow travelers, a term that abolishes distinctions between ‘them’ (the afflicted) and ‘us’ (the healers). … We are all in this together, and there is no therapist and no person immune to the inherent tragedies of existence.” I, too, have experienced adversity and pain and believe that this has provided me with a deep capacity for empathy and compassion.
I have been privileged to travel the world and work with people from a wide range of backgrounds, cultures, and nationalities. I also speak Spanish and Italian. Through exposure to people from all over the world, I have grown to be an open-minded and respectful individual who is curious about the human condition. I have worked extensively as a counsellor and case manager for international students in an academic setting so, if you are an international student looking for support, I welcome you to contact me.
I worked as an instructor in the Family & Community Counselling Diploma program at NEC Native Education College in Vancouver. I taught the “Mental Health” and “Issues in Counselling” courses from an anti-oppressive and decolonizing lens. I wrote an unpublished journal article on how the creative processes involved in art therapy fit with Indigenous ways of knowing and healing. My experience in Vancouver’s urban Aboriginal community allowed me to sincerely connect with First Nations peoples and more deeply understand the legacy of colonization; the Historical Trauma and the ongoing systemic racism and prejudice that impacts the lives of Indigenous peoples in Canada. I have extensive understanding of mental health within a First Nations context and have the capacity to practice in culturally safe ways. If you identify as Indigenous or are exploring your background and identity, I welcome you to connect with me.
Conference seminars, presentations and workshops that I have designed and delivered:
Art Therapy with Children in Foster Care, BC Federation of Foster Parents Associations, Surrey, BC, February 2014
Art Therapy in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES): A Socially Responsible Service, BC Art Therapy Association Conference & AGM, Vancouver, BC, May 2015
Art Therapist Identity & Anti-Oppressive Practice, Canadian Art Therapy Association Conference, Toronto, ON, October 2016
Diversity is the New Norm: Culturally Sensitive Counselling Practice with International Students, Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Conference, St. John’s, NL, May 2017
How Well Do You Do Wellness, BC Centre for International Education, Vancouver, BC, June 2018
Meeting Students Where They Are At, BC Centre for International Education, Vancouver, BC, June 2019