Think about how it would feel if you tried to speak the truth and were silenced, overpowered, or overruled, again and again, becacuse it wasn’t convenient to hear your truth.
Because it wasn’t nice, or profitable, or didn’t fit the timeline or expectations.
Our work is to compassionately witness and tend to whatever shows up, so that you can feel seen, heard, and accepted as you are.
I am driven by curiosity and an appreciation of the human experience. I have a lot of practice sitting with discomfort, tuning into subtle details, and getting beneath the surface.
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology and I specialize in working with trauma in all its forms. I am a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) and I assist at SE trainings. I also have a certificate in Somatic Resilience and Regulation (SRR), which focuses on developmental trauma through an attachment lens.
Somatic Experiencing is a trauma resolution approach that focuses on the nervous system. Trauma can lead to the nervous system getting stuck in self-protective patterns (Think: Fight/Flight/Freeze). The aim of this work is to reconnect with the body, support healthy self and co-regulation, and shift those stuck patterns.
This creates more space for being present in the flow of your life, more access to nuance and choice, and a greater sense of resilience.
This means I prioritize your safety and security as a foundational part of the therapeutic process. It also means I understand that systematic inequalities impact our relationship with safety and how we move in the world. This is why we work at the pace of the body, which is slowly and gently, ensuring that whatever comes up is given the space it needs to be processed and integrated.
I take my role as a compassionate witness and supporter seriously. I try my best to live what I practice, which means I regularly receive both personal therapy and clinical supervision, I cultivate strong relationships with my partner, children and the natural world, and I am constantly engaged in expressions of creativity, humour, and play. I am actively working to reclaim skills and relationships that connect me with the land and community, and to break cycles of intergenerational trauma.
I live with gratitude on the unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.
I am a queer, non-binary practitioner (they/she) who is LGBTQIA2S+ affirming, sex-positive, and committed to ongoing learning, unlearning, and repair.