I have a Bachelor and Master Degree in Social Work from UBC and over 23 years of experience helping people with mental health, addictions, trauma, and relationship issues in a variety of health care, community, and social service settings. I am registered in British Columbia as a Social Worker (RSW) and in Canada as a Master Therapeutic Counsellor (MTC).
I am the founder and lead clinician of The Life Balance and a proud member of the Trauma Counselling Team at Dr. Gordon Davidson Operational Stress & Recovery Program. Previous to this, I was the Clinical Supervisor and Instructor with UBC Okanagan School of Social Work at the Interdisciplinary Mental Health Clinic and the Interior Health Clinical Operations Manager for Mental Health and Substance Use Services in the North Okanagan.
I live, work and play in Vernon British Columbia, located in the unceded territory of the Syilx/Okanagan people.
When you come in for counselling support, I start by creating a relaxed atmosphere where you feel safe and are reassured that you've found someone who can help you truly face the issues you are experiencing. Sometimes, traumas from the past or the stress of current life can be overwhelming and your world becomes very narrow.
Working together, you can develop the skills and flexibility you need to not only improve how you function but to actually enjoy all that home, work, and the rest of life brings to you. As your counsellor, I am committed to providing you with the necessary tools and techniques to overcome life's obstacles and achieve a balanced fulfilling life.
I look forward to spending time with you!!
I use a variety of evidence based therapeutic methods, tools and techniques depending on your unique issues and therapy goals.
I am knowledgeable, skilled and experienced in the following counselling models: