I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#2496) with over 15 years of practice experience. I am trained in Somatic Transformation practice and am a Professional Art Therapist. 

I graduated with an MA in counselling from the University of Victoria in 2004 and completed my post-graduate training in art therapy through the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute in 2018. I have focused the past several years of my career studying how interpersonal neurobiology informs both counselling and art therapy practices. I feel deeply honoured to share the powerful healing potential that the integration of creativity and body-centered counselling practice can offer.


Throughout my years of practice, I have had the pleasure to work as a counsellor at various community agencies and in private practice in Victoria. I have also  shared my passion for the helping professions through my work as a sessional instructor at the University of Victoria. Over the past eight years, I have worked as a counsellor for post-secondary students at UVic Counselling Services (2011-2016) and with the Camosun College Counselling Department (2016-present). I am thrilled to also offer my services through private practice to adults in Victoria, BC.

I have been a grateful visitor on Coast Salish Territories for my whole life. I grew up on Musqueam territory and I moved to Lkwungen and WSÁNEĆ territories in 2000. I am blessed to be part of an extended family with Indigenous and Euro-settler roots. Engaging in an ongoing personal process of reconciliation and enhancing my ability to work as an ally with Indigenous Peoples of all Nations is very important to me. 

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