I have always had a deep wish to connect and help others with their struggles and challenges. I pursued this calling when I enrolled in and completed a Nursing degree in 2006, with a specialty in Mental Health and Substance Use. Since then I have worked in the field of mental health and substance use in various settings, helping many different people, often marginalized populations, affected by multiple challenges and barriers.
After several years of working with and hearing the stories of these resilient clients, I realised that I felt drawn to people on a deeper level where therapeutic rapport and connection happens. I enrolled in and completed a Master’s in Counselling degree in 2016 to pursue my new path in helping others heal through therapy. It is a true honour to be present with clients in the therapy room, and holding the space for them to find their inner strength and courage to heal themselves.
My Therapeutic Perspective
The effects of life’s challenges, be it trauma, anxiety, depression, poor self-esteem, addictions or other challenges can make us lose sight of who we are and where we’re going. Sometimes developing a trusting connection with the right therapist helps us to re-member ourselves and find our way again.
I recognize that each person is unique and has a different story; therefore I offer a variety of different approaches depending on the client’s needs. However, I always use a strengths-based and person-centred approach; I help clients focus and re-connect with what’s right with themselves, their inherent goodness and strength. I strive to create a safe space, nurtured by genuine compassion and a sense of curiosity for clients to face their pain and difficulties. I work from the belief that the mind, body and spirit are meant to be connected, and are facets of our make-up that can be explored to gain insight and wisdom about ourselves.
Mindfulness is a cornerstone in my therapy. Creating spaciousness in the mind helps us to see our thoughts and our story and to explore and shift our mind’s unhelpful patterns. Once we are aware of what is happening, then we can make different choices.
With awareness I also encourage clients to connect to their body and sensory experiences in the moment. Because the body holds experiences of the past, it can provide us with messages about what is happening below the confusion of thoughts and emotions. We listen to the body to hear the inner truth that it is speaking.
It is through awareness and connecting to our bodies in a safe and compassionate relationship that can open the door to finding one’s spirit. Once found, that sense of power source can give us clarity and insight and ultimately, the strength to move forward in life.