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My approach

My relationally-oriented somatic approach to psychotherapy is informed by emergent research on attachment and neurophysiology. Clients who work with me can expect a curious invitation to reconnect and attend to the wisdom inherent in the body. My goal is to support clients in finding creative ways to make sense of and move through distressing experiences related to trauma and/or stresses of daily living. 

My genuine warmth, humour, care, and curiosity play a big role in my counselling approach. It’s important to me that my clients feel held and well-supported when digging into difficult themes. I want to help clients gain confidence and learn practical approaches to exploring the places and parts of themselves where they feel stuck or lost.

I work collaboratively to better understand and approach the struggles in my clients' lives as well as to encourage and harness their inherent strength and resilience. I welcome and celebrate the full spectrum of human experience. I’m excited to share in your journey of getting to know yourself better, in all your complexity.

 

Reaching out for support is a brave step towards a better relationship with yourself and your communities. Counselling can help guide you towards a deeper, more embodied sense of confidence and agency in your life. It is common for the process to feel vulnerable and uncomfortable; and I will meet you at whatever stage you are in your personal journey.

Populations & Areas of focus

Older youth and adults. 2SLGBTQIA+ folks. People of the Global Majority (PoGM). First-generation and immigrant Canadians. Artists. Athletes & outdoor enthusiasts.

 

Gender & sexuality.

Trauma (abuse, neglect and other adverse childhood experiences, sexualized violence, religious trauma, loss).

Creating & sustaining healthy relationships.

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A bit more about me

I am a trans, non-binary latinx settler on the unceded and occupied territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

 

I have lived in British Columbia since my family immigrated from the stolen and ancestral lands of the Guaraní, Ayoreo, Toba-Maskoy, Aché and Sanapan Peoples (Paraguay) when I was 11 years old. In my spare time you’ll likely find me rock climbing somewhere in the forests of Squamish, BC. 

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Education

Master of Education in Counselling Psychology 

University of British Columbia, 2019

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology 

University of Victoria, 2012

Professional Memberships

Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) #17126

British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors

Registered CVAP provider

Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP) 

Selected Professional Training

Advanced Practices in Somatic Attachment Psychotherapy

Lisa Mortimore, PhD

Facilitation Team Member: Somatic Attachment Psychotherapy

Lisa Mortimore, PhD

Somatic Attachment Psychotherapy Two-year Training

Lisa Mortimore, PhD

Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education


University of British Columbia

Emotionally Focused Therapy with Couples

Vancouver Couple & Family Institute and Centre for EFT Training - Richard Harrison, PhD

AEDP: An Overview from the Ground Up 

Vancouver Couple & Family Institute and Centre for EFT Training - Richard Harrison, PhD

Center for Mindful Self-Compassion Core Skills Training

Kristen Neff, PhD & Chris Germer, PhD



Sensorimotor Psychotherapy - In contact with Complex PTSD clients: The relational alchemy of healing long standing wounds

Rochelle Sharpe Lohrasbe, PhD

Get in touch.

Virtual therapy in British Columbia

604-345-0445

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