About My Work
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”
The decision to begin your healing journey, to start taking care of yourself, can be a scary one. I understand this, so I offer a safe, comfortable space to begin. My style has been described as “gentle but strong”. I will be your advocate but I will also gently challenge you. Personal healing is strangely both exhilarating and calming, but not always easy.
The two Greek words, psyche, which means ‘soul/breath of life’, and therapeia, which means ‘servant/attendant’ together designate the psychotherapist as “servant/attendant of the soul” (Miller, 2003). I believe our time together and our conversations are sacred. I bring my own life experience and exceptional training when I begin working with you as you take those first steps. I commit to staying with you and/or ensuring that you have the support you may need to continue if your goals are outside my areas of competence.
I have chosen to be bound by the codes of ethics of the Canadian Psychological Association (2000), the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (2009), and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (2007). This is an important decision because it provides me with clear direction in my work, and protects clients on several levels. First and foremost, I am committed to respectfully remaining open in curiosity and wonder as you share.
Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy considers your Higher Self’s longing for what is best for you and your unique life circumstances. I am not interested in converting you to my way of thinking. It amazes me that many people are more comfortable talking about sexuality, a clearly private matter, than they are talking about spirituality. This taboo generates ignorance, misunderstanding, and defensiveness. Asking spiritual questions, considering life’s meaning, and drawing on spiritual resources in a safe nurturing environment is my specialty.
Having said this, I also respect that exploring your spirituality may not be important to you or comfortable for you at this time. I have training in other modalities so I offer these as well. I have adapted Narrative Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy within the Person-Centered Therapy model. What this means for you is that our work will be goal-directed (even if we re-visit these goals as the work evolves) and we will explore the stories that inform your life. Person-centered means that the quality of our relationship will determine our work together.