When we’re experiencing a sense of stuck-ness in life or disconnection from ourselves, therapy and coaching can help! What do stuck-ness and disconnection look like? My clients are typically high-functioning and competent on the outside, yet are struggling on the inside with issues like anxiety, emptiness and recurring unhelpful patterns in their relationships and other areas of life. Sometimes, we may not even be able to identify what it is that feels “off”—we may just know that we want more for ourselves, our relationships and our lives.

When we are feeling the impulse to evolve and shift out of patterns that are no longer working for us, 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 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, and relational 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, mindfulness-based techniques and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.

What do all these fancy words mean?

Basically, my approach involves working with all of who you are—mind, body, and spirit. In our work together, you can expect to become more present and aware of your overall experience, which is an essential foundation for growth. You can also expect to experience greater emotional awareness, authenticity and stability. The majority of the practices that I use are experiential, which means that we will pay attention to your emotions and body 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!).

I also place a lot of emphasis on relationships, both past (i.e. family of origin, past partners) and present. Current neuroscience research points to the human need for quality relationships, or what we call “healthy attachment” to others, in order to maintain optimum emotional 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. Often, I find that exploring difficulties in our present-day relationships reveal long-held relational and emotional patterns, ways of being typically learned in childhood. And although these patterns once served us, they usually are no longer useful in our adult lives, and often are at the root of our relational struggles because of the fact that they are still subconsciously “in charge”. Helping clients work through these relational patterns is one of my greatest passions.

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 “Zoom”, which is compliant with healthcare privacy laws in Canada.

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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