My Education and Training
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#2496) and Registered Canadian Art Therapist (#308-R-22) in Victoria, BC. I bring 18 years of post-graduate professional counselling experience to my work with clients.
I have a masters degree in counselling psychology (2004) from the University of Victoria and a post-master's diploma in art therapy (2018) from The Vancouver Art Therapy Institute. I am particularly passionate about the benefits of somatic therapy and creative expression in healing from trauma. I began my training in Somatic Transformation practice in 2011 and I have focused the past several years of my career studying how interpersonal neurobiology informs counselling and art therapy practice.
My Work Experience
I currently operate a private counselling and art therapy practice in Victoria, BC. I also teach part time at Camosun College. Throughout my career, I have had the pleasure to work as a counsellor at various community agencies. I have also taught counselling theory and skills as a sessional instructor at the University of Victoria. I was the Counsellor for Indigenous Students at UVic Counselling Services from 2011-2015 and held a similar counselling role with the Camosun College Counselling Department from 2016-2020 (currently in leave).
In addition to my work as a therapist, I maintain my own art practice that incorporates painting, drawing, photography and various other media.
My Self Location
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 deeply appreciative to live in these beautiful territories with my partner and our young son.
I have primarily Euro-settler ancestry and have been partnered/married into the St'at'imc Nation for over a decade and a half. I am blessed to be part of a blended and extended family with Indigenous and Euro-settler roots. It is very important to me to continue to strengthen my work as an ally with Indigenous Peoples of all Nations and to actively engage in a personal process of reconciliation.