My journey toward becoming a therapist.
I have been helping people create better lives since 1995. Over the years I have had the privilege to help people as a Life Coach, Registered Clinical Counsellor, Yoga Therapist, and yoga/pilates instructor.
Obtaining a BA in Psychology and a MEd in Counselling Psychology taught me a lot about psychological theory and counselling technique. However, being a good therapist is not something I learned in books.
Knowledge speaks. Wisdom listens.
My greatest learning came from receiving my own counselling and training in yoga therapy. From this, I learned to hone my skills and wisdom by listening to clients with presence. Tuning into communication both verbal and physical without agenda creates a resonance that allows me to feel as well as hear what clients have said to me.
Inquiring from that place of resonance opens doors to new explorations and opportunities for growth.
In addition to my experience with clients, my careful attunement and clear insight came from paying attention in my own life. Experiencing the futility of the things I can not change, acknowledging the mixed emotions that arise and finding the courage to choose differently created the confident yet, humble nature, that clients tell me they experience in therapy sessions with me.
“You can not teach a woman anything, you can only help her find it within herself.” Galileo – gender-adapted.:)
Meditation, breathing and movement practices are helpful but not mandatory elements of counselling with me. I use them as guides to help you develop a closer connection with yourself. Developing your own compassionate practices allows you to achieve emotional regulation and competency in your day to day life.
I have learned that building a gentle, loving connection with yourself is what really heals.
- MEd. Counselling Psychology UBC
- BA Psychology with a minor in Criminology SFU
Specialized Therapy Training:
- Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, embodied mindfulness and group therapy pryt.com
- Interpersonal Neuro-biology and Mindfulness drdansiegal.com
- Developmental Attachment-based Parenting neufeldinstitute.com
- Lifecoach training lifecoachtraining.com
- Yoga, mindfulness and philosophy
- Running in the forest
- 5 Rhythms dance
- Playing the djembe (drum)
- Playing and resting with my 2 children
- Walking with my dogs – beach and forest.
- Socializing with friends
- Listening to music
- Learning new things