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


Both the arts and counselling have been life long passions of mine. I have loved photography and painting since before I can remember, and I have been equally drawn to providing compassionate support to my fellow human beings.


I graduated with an MA in counselling from the University of Victoria in 2004 and have also completed my post-graduate training in art therapy through the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute. 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 seven 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 return to private practice and make my services available to adult clients in Victoria, BC.


My approach to practice is a unique integration of somatic therapy, art therapy and talk therapy (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy), and honours all aspects of the self (body, heart, mind and Spirit). I have focused the past several years of my career studying how interpersonal neurobiology informs art therapy and counselling practice. I feel deeply honoured to share the powerful healing potential that the integration of creativity and body-centered counselling practice can offer. No specific art skills are required.

I have been a greatful 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.

Please feel free to contact me to discuss what you are hoping for and if my approach would be a good fit for you. You can find a general description of what to expect in a session with me by clicking on "appointments."



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