Experience & Education
I hold a bachelor’s degree in Special and Elementary education from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, a Christian faith based university. I attended White’s Ferry Road School of Biblical Studies where I attended classes in Pastoral counselling.
Since 1990 I have worked as a Women’s Ministry Leader with a Christian church in Toronto and Vancouver. I have counselled individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds and cultures. I have provided crisis intervention and ongoing support, relationship counselling, premarital counselling and marriage and family counselling. I have led support groups for women experiencing abuse and supported families of children and adults with disabilities. I have led workshops on marriage, women’s issues, parenting and communication across North America and abroad. I am a certified facilitator and trainer for Caring Resources’ From Hurt to HOPE workshops, teaching tools to renew hope and focus to those experiencing difficult life events.
I am a Registered Professional Counsellor (RPC) in good standing with the following professional organization:
- The Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA) #2177
The CPCA promotes professional counselling practice and deals with inappropriate practice, which helps provide protection for the public seeking help. Each member fulfills specific criteria that must be met before membership can be obtained.
The Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA) is a Canadian non-profit Society registered in accordance with the National Corporate Registry of Canada. The Association is governed by a Board of Directors which is elected annually by the members of the Association.
CPCA Members are Registered Professional Counsellors and Master Practitioners in Clinical Counselling who are regulated and have received the RPC and/or MPCC designations upon meeting competency-based criterion for membership.
Since our founding in 1990, the CPCA has been dedicated to the promotion of public confidence and trust in the counselling profession in Canada. The CPCA serves the public from coast to coast.
The original inclusive Counselling Association for mental health counsellors in Canada.
My Therapeutic Approach
My counselling is holistic, compassionate, and person-centered. It is collaborative in nature, with the client and therapist participating as equal partners in both goal-setting and working together to reach those goals. I use an integrative approach to counselling focusing on developing mutuality and compassion.
I draw from Compassionate Communication – based on the principles of Nonviolent Communication by Dr. Marshall B. Rosenberg, cognitive behavioural therapy as used by Dr. David Burns, and interpersonal neurobiology by Dr. Dan Siegel. When requested I use principles of pastoral counselling.
Goals of Therapy
Therapeutic goals are set collaboratively with the client. Some common goals are increased self-awareness, improved communication skills, improved relationships, increased self-esteem, improved mood, positive lifestyle changes, improved problem solving and decision making, etc.
After therapy, my clients report a shorter return to set point when moods rise and fall and increased ability to talk with their teen children and other family members. They have learned how to express their observations and recommended strategies to superiors at work. And to understand their own core values as they discover methods to live in harmony with those values.
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RPC (Canada), MPCC
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