What is your approach to counselling?
My approach to counselling engages people as their whole selves. I attend to what is happening in the room. This includes what is coming up in your thoughts, feelings, and body. It also means paying attention to the quality of our connection as people within our roles as counsellor and client. I approach all my work with an attention to the social and cultural context. We can explore who you are and where you come from– your personal circumstances, identities, values and experiences and how you have been impacted by experiences of trauma, violence, and oppression. My approach is informed by many theories, philosophies, and modalities:
- Trauma informed practice
- Relational cultural therapy
- Feminist anti-oppressive practices
- Narrative therapy
- Emotion focused therapy (EFT)
- Arts-based approaches
What do we do in counselling?
Our sessions together will consist mostly of having conversations. In the first session(s), I often guide the conversation by asking a series of questions to get to know you and gain an understanding of what you want to explore in counselling. Together, we will discover what ways of working that resonates with you. For example, some people like to read things and discuss them with me. Some people like to go home after a session with a writing prompt for the next session. Others like to set aside time to practice grounding strategies in session. I will often check in with you to talk about how the process is going for you.
What can I expect at my first appointment?
When you arrive, I will offer you a cup of tea or water and invite you into the counselling room. I will give you copies of the intake forms and a receipt for your payment. We will spend the first few minutes discussing the intake forms and confidentiality. I can tell you a little bit about myself and how I work. I may ask guiding questions to get to know you better and clarify your reasons for seeking counselling.
How much is your fee?
Please see my current fee schedule.
Do you accept insurance?
Yes, however in most cases I cannot direct bill the insurance provider. Check out my list of employers and providers in metro Vancouver who offer extended health plans covering counselling services. Please check with your provider whether Registered Clinical Counsellors are covered under your plan before booking an appointment.
Do you offer reduced rate or subsidized counselling?
Yes, I accept a limited number of reduced rate slots for students ($85). Additionally, I am a registered service provider for a number programs that provide subsidies for counselling services such as CVAP and RHAP. Learn more about how I can help you access these counselling subsidies.
How can I book my first appointment?
You can book a free 15-minute phone consultation to see if I am a good counsellor for you. The fastest and easiest way to book an appointment is through my online booking system.