If you’re experiencing a sense of stuck-ness in one or multiple aspects of your life, counselling or therapy can help. What does stuck-ness look like? It can wear many faces. It can present as higher than normal levels of anxiety or stress. It can look like depression, lack of motivation, or like you’ve hit a wall. It can involve recurring, unhelpful patterns in your relationships, both in your primary relationship or with others close to you. You may not even be able to identify what it is that feels stuck or “off”—you may just know that you want more for yourself, your relationships and your life.

When we are feeling the impulse to evolve and shift out of feeling stuck in life, it is natural to feel a contraction at the same time—there is usually a part of us that is comfortable with our old way of being, even if it comes at a cost. Eventually though, the desire to find a better way grows stronger than the fear of change.

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This is where I come in.

I believe that therapy offers a powerful, sacred place to examine, heal and change your life. I can help you rediscover your own aliveness, and help you learn to trust yourself and your inner wisdom again. Together, we will explore the feelings, thoughts, relationships and patterns that have been keeping you stuck. We will identify unresolved issues under the surface that have been “driving the bus” so to speak, so that you can get out of your own way and begin to enjoy this finite and wildly precious life of yours.

My counselling style is compassionate, non-judgmental and warm. I place a lot of importance on developing an authentic relationship with each client, because I see it as a necessary foundation for emotional safety and transformation. I also believe that you are the expert on you, and that there is nothing fundamentally “wrong” with you, even though it may feel that way sometimes. My approach is informed by several evidence-based practices, including attachment theory, neuroscience research, family systems theory, emotionally-focused therapy, gestalt, mindfulness-based techniques and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.

What do all these fancy words mean?

Basically, my approach involves working with all of who you are—feelings, mind, body, and spirit. In our work together, you can expect to become more present and aware of your overall experience, setting a strong foundation for growth. The majority of the practices that I use are experiential, which means that we will pay attention to your emotions and bodily sensations in a way that will help you explore them by experiencing them, rather than just understanding them in your head (although insight and understanding are important too!).

Current neuroscience research also points to the human need for quality relationships, or what we call “healthy attachment” to others, in order to maintain optimum emotional and physiological health—so in our work together, we will explore how you relate not only to yourself, but also how you relate to others in your life.

I work exclusively online with my clients, so you can have sessions from the comfort of your own home.

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Is online counselling as effective as in-person counselling?

Absolutely. Online counselling/psychotherapy is one of the fastest growing methods of therapy delivery. Online counselling offers us the ability to connect from anywhere, and offers you more flexibility in scheduling. Sessions are offered using a secure and easy-to-use online videoconferencing platform called “doxy.me”, which is compliant with healthcare privacy laws in both Canada and the United States.

I am a BC resident. Does my health insurance cover counselling/psychotherapy with a Registered Clinical Counsellor?

I have a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology, and am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC, registration #15928) with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). While my services are not covered by the Medical Services Plan (MSP) in Canada, most extended health plans in BC cover the services of Registered Clinical Counsellors. Refer to your plan manual for details, or call the insurer and they will be able to assist you. If you have coverage, you will be required to pay me directly in full for your session, and then submit your receipt to your insurance company for reimbursement. Additionally, you may be eligible to submit receipts as a medical expense with your income tax. Insurance will not cover my services for residents in other Canadian provinces or in the United States.

“…what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

Mary Oliver

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