Know that if you are seeking change success, positive self-esteem and courage can start in this moment.

My certified theoretical approaches to counselling are primarily:

  • Low Energy Neurofeedback System (LENS) developed in 1990 by Dr. Len Ochs Ph.D.
  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Psychotherapy (EMDR). EMDR developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro in 1987 is a proven psychotherapeutic treatment recognized by the American Psychiatric Association, Veterans Affairs, and the international Society for Traumatic Stress (ISTSS) as treatment for Trauma, PTSD. EMDR studies also show effectiveness in achieving positive results for anxiety, depression, pain, and anger. (EMDR definition: https://emdrcanada.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/EMDRIA-Definition-of-EMDR.pdf)
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). CBT developed by Dr Arron T. Beck in the 1960’s is one of the most successful and widely used psychotherapy practices in the world. CBT is a researched goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. CBT’s therapeutic process is to change patterns of thinking or behaviour that are behind people's difficulties, and so improve the way they feel.
  • Family of Origin. Family Systems Theory based on Dr. Murray Bowen’s research in the 1950’s views the family system as an emotional unit. Understanding the emotional reactions to problems in the family system helps to explores the emotional response to problems in other relationships. How we learn to navigate emotionally in our family of origin can impact our emotional development in all other relationships throughout our lives.
  • Emotional Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). EFT developed by Dr Sue Johnson in 1996 is an evidence-based treatment approach to help individuals and couples create a more secure attachment bond and reduce distress in their relationships.
  • Mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness is the practice of being one with your body and thought process. By focusing on the natural flow of the breath, we can have a greater awareness of where we hold our pain and learn how our thoughts, emotions, and actions can help self-regulate anxiety and manage stress.

Education:

  • MA Counselling Psychology, City University, Seattle, WA, USA
  • BA Gender, Sexuality and Women’s StudiesContemporary Fine Arts, Simon Fraser University, BC, Canada
  • Associate Degree in Visual Communications, TAFE, NSW, Australia

“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”

― Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are