Approach

It is such a gift for me to accompany my clients through the healing process, and to witness the transformations that emerge in their lives and relationships as they courageously move through the places of pain, difficulty, or stuckness. I integrate various interventions into my work, depending on my client's presenting concerns and goals. The foundation of my therapeutic approach is built on psychodynamic experiential therapies and I draw from Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness, and Ecotherapy. I am currently pursuing further training and supervision in Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy.

Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy

* the following has been drawn from the AEDP Cascadia website

Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) is an approach that integrates research findings from attachment theory, developmental studies, contemporary affective neuroscience, interpersonal neurobiology, and somatic therapies. AEDP practitioners explicitly draw on the therapeutic relationship to create conditions of safety that nurture clients’ innate potential for resilience, growth, and healing. From the get-go, we help our clients access this wired-in, human capacity. Together, from this secure healthy base, we explore and tend to the places that need healing.  In this way we undo aloneness and restore optimal development.

AEDP therapists recognize that change often involves letting go of strategies that people initially developed to protect themselves. Giving up familiar patterns and habits (even those which are no longer helpful or adaptive) can be scary. AEDP therapists skillfully help clients regulate anxiety in the face of change.  We support clients to tune into the wisdom of their core, adaptive feelings. When experienced fully, these healthy emotions provide important information about basic needs and guide people to act in ways that better fulfill these needs. This empowers our clients to live more fully and freely, with greater satisfaction.

I am a Level 2 Practitioner in AEDP and am currently pursuing Certification in this approach.

Ecotherapy & Ecopsychology

Since childhood, I have had a deep fascination with wild spaces. From exploratory play to gardening - my love for the earth came full circle after harvesting my first yield of hard neck garlic. For those who haven't witnessed the life cycle of this incredible medicine, it is planted in the fall, remains underground through the winter and it shoots out of the earth in the springtime, growing both upwards and at the bulb until harvest in the summer. This life cycle has many parallels to that of deep healing. Much like a farmer tending to her soil, we must create safety and nourishment to support the growth of roots to Self, Other, and the earth. Once these resources are growing and accessible, we can safely come face-to-face with the dark, while knowing that growth is unfolding (even if it's not always easy to see). My nature-based therapy services are experiential and grounded in attachment theory, mindfulness, herbalism, Jungian psychology, ecopsychology, Bill Plotkin's Nature-based Map of the Human Psyche, and Joanna Macey's Work that Reconnects. I consider the Earth to be co-healer, and draw from teachings (and practices) of mutual respect, consent and reciprocity to ensure that the wild ones we encounter are also honoured and acknowledged through our presence.

 

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

*the following has been drawn from the Parnell Institute website

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a powerful and effective therapy for the treatment of trauma. EMDR therapy incorporates eye movements or other bilateral stimulation into a comprehensive approach that processes and releases information trapped in the mind and body, freeing people from disturbing images and body sensations, debilitating emotions, and restrictive beliefs. This therapy has helped clients of all ages recover from traumas such as war, accidents, assaults, disasters, and childhood abuse. EMDR has been extensively researched as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and is considered to be an evidence-based therapy.

In addition to the treatment of PTSD, EMDR is also used to treat the psychological effects of smaller traumas that manifest in symptoms of depression, anxiety, phobias, low self-esteem, creativity blocks, and relationship difficulties. Not only does healing occur much more rapidly than in traditional talk therapy, but as a result of EMDR’s clearing of emotional and physical blockages, many people also experience a sense of joy, openness, and deep connection with others. 

My areas of expertise include: 

  • Complex Trauma and Dissociation;

  • PTSD;

  • Intergenerational trauma;

  • Grief and loss;

  • Sexuality and Gender;

  • Identity issues;

  • Chronic stress;

  • Low self esteem;

  • Building meaningful and supportive relationships;

  • Life Transitions;

  • Anxiety;

  • Eco-anxiety;

  • Depression;

  • Self Exploration and Growth;

  • Adolescents; and

  • Women's issues.

Professional Training

I have a Bachelor of Arts (honours) in Psychology and First Nations Studies from Vancouver Island University, and a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia. 

 

I love to learn, and am strongly committed to ongoing professional development. I am a professional member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, and I am registered with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors.

 

Some of my clinical trainings include:

  • Transforming Resistance: Specialized Core Training Group for the Treatment of Trauma (Ongoing training with Dr. Steve Shapiro)

  • From Complex Trauma to Dissociative Disorders - Parts I & II (Ongoing training with the ISSTD Centre for Advanced Studies in Trauma and Dissociation)

  • The Complexities of Complex Trauma - Parts I & II (ISSTD Centre for Advanced Studies in Trauma and Dissociation)

  • Transforming Trauma with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) - Levels 1, 2 & 3 (trained by Dr. Laurel Parnell and Sean Frankino)

  • Ongoing EMDR group and individual supervision. 

  • Certificate in Complex Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD Centre for Advanced Studies in Trauma and Dissociation) 

  • Trauma, the body and the brain: Restoring the capacity for Rhythm and Play (trained by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk)

  • Using Movement to Co-create Unlikely Transformative Outcomes with Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP; trained by David Mars)

  • AEDP Immersion Course (trained by Dr. Diana Fosha)

  • AEDP Essential Skills (trained by Dale Trimble and Dr. Karen Kranz)

  • AEDP Core Skills (trained by Dr. Karen Kranz)

  • The Attachment Puzzle (trained by Dr. Gordon Neufeld)

  • Building Bridges by Understanding the Village (trained by Kathi Camilleri​)

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety (trained by CBT Connections)

  • Community-Based Social Marketing: Fostering Environmentally Beneficial Behaviour Change  (trained by Dr. Doug McKenzie-Mohr)

  • Connect Parent Group Facilitators Training (trained by the Maples)

  • Constructing Careers in the Digital Age (trained by Dr. Mark Savickas)

  • Dissociation 101: An Introduction to the treatment of dissociative disorders (trained by Christine Forner)

  • Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (trained by Dr. Sue Johnson)

  • Fulfillment and Meaning in Life: Existential Analysis Training (trained by Käri-Ann Thor and Rochelle Chapman)

  • Mindful Self Compassion Core Skills Training (trained by Victoria Pawlowski)

  • Motivational Interviewing Levels 1 & 2 (trained by Cristine Urquhart)

  • Pathways to Healing with Herbs - 6 month online course and ongoing mentorship (trained by Don Ollsin, Master Herbalist of Grassroots Herbalism)

  • Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk (trained by MCFD)

  • San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training​ (trained by the Provincial Health Services Authority

  • Two-Spirit People: Then and Now (trained by Harlan Pruden and TransCare BC)

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