I spent my early childhood in Williams Lake, BC surrounded by acres of land to run around and explore, and later moved to Victoria, where I was introduced to rainforests and the ocean. I went to University in Calgary, AB and found myself living under an expansive sky. I never realized how important my connection with nature was, until I found myself completely separated from it.
After graduating from the Alberta College of Art and Design, I moved to New York City, where I worked as a graphic designer in the magazine publishing industry. At first, it was very exciting, but it was also fast-paced, highly competitive, and extremely stressful. After four years, I was tired of the rate race and concrete jungle, so I decided to return to Victoria and reconnect with family, friends and nature.
It took a few years to get back in alignment with my true self. I continued working as a freelance graphic designer, and also began volunteering and working at a local transition house for women. This kind of work filled me with a new sense of purpose, and motivated me to make a career change. I decided to go back to school at the age of 34, and earned a Masters of Art in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. I gained experience and honed my skills as a counsellor at Pacific Centre Family Services Association (PCFSA) over the next seven years, and in March of 2020 I opened my private practice, Coastline Counselling.
I have held a registered clinical counsellor (RCC) designation with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) since 2013. I have completed several trainings, including Attachment-Based Somatic Therapy for the treatment of trauma, and continue to take courses and trainings for ongoing professional development and continuing education.
I am always honoured to sit with folks and listen to their stories. I am grateful to have been called to do this work, and I strive to continue to grow and learn. I look forward to accompanying you on your healing journey.
I acknowledge that the land on which I live is the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Coast Salish People.
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