WESTCOAST CLINICAL COUNSELLORS | Registered Clinical Counsellor | Counsellor & Coach | M.A.
Since 1989 I have had the privilege of serving men and women, individuals and couples, from 18 to 80, straight, gay and lesbian in my private practice. My clinical practice has included both short-term solution focused counselling and longer-term psychotherapy. More recently I have enjoyed expanding my practice to include coaching. For over a decade I worked in acute care psychiatry and mental health intake as a registered nurse.
A passionate life-long learner, I engage in regular on-going peer supervision, professional development and self directed studies. I have a longstanding interest in holistic approaches to well being and a fascination with body/mind/spirit interaction.
I am a member in good standing with the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors. I have volunteered as a member of the BCACC ethics committee and delegate council. I have served on the board of Citizens Counselling Centre. I’m a founding member of Westcoast Clinical Counselling.
In addition to my private practice, I provide counselling services through various Employee and Family Assistance Programs, including the City of Victoria EFAP. I am registered with The Crime Victim Assistance Program.
I am certified as both a Calling in “The One” and Conscious Uncoupling coach trained by author and creator Katherine Woodward Thomas MA, MFT.
I offer support and guidance for development of reflection and inner discovery that allows for compassionate self understanding.
I engage with my clients offering feedback to help them safely challenge old ineffective beliefs and behaviours that are distressing and inhibit them from reaching goals.
I teach empowering practices from both eastern and western psychology which support personal resourcefulness, resilience and flourishing.
I encourage body-mind awareness.
My approach is practical and results oriented. I help my clients create action plans and support follow through.
I use a variety of effective approaches, depending on the individual client’s need.
I am experienced in helping people recover from traumatic events using Traumatic Incident Reduction. The following comment is typical of the results clients experience with TIR: “Somehow it resolves issues gently and I feel more objective and not so emotional.” - client
How I Can Help
In these areas of specialty I offer compassionate, skilled and practical professional counselling that can result in you having an embodied sense of wellbeing and resourcefulness, as well as greater clarity, increased energy, and a revitalized sense of possibility and direction.
Marriage partners, live-in relationships, new relationships, friends, parents and adult children; work mates
Grief and Loss
Associated with life events such as moves, aging, relationships ending, a pet’s death, death of a beloved person, miscarriage, chronic illness
Retirement, children leaving home, completion of a degree, marriage, divorce, birth of a child, coming out, a friend dying, aging, purchase of a home
Of self, of parents, of mate
At work, at home, in relationships, acute or on-going
Managing Difficult Emotions
What to do with anxiety or anger that threatens wellbeing and the wellbeing of relationships.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
When the impact of a traumatic event lingers on embedded in the nervous system showing up as a sense of disengagement, irritability, apparently “irrational” responses to current events, flashbacks and/or inexplicable muscle tensions.
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Flexible hours. Sliding scale fees.
1045 Linden Ave. Victoria B.C. V8V 4H3
Home visits available.
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