biography

 

I am a psychotherapist with 18 years of experience in the field. Here is my story:

My father, a painter, and my mother, a music librarian, always surrounded themselves with progressive artists and thinkers of all stripes, and I grew up listening to endless conversations about art, philosophy and psychology. After living and working in Germany, the UK, Paraguay and Chile, I came to Canada in 1982. I almost always had very interesting jobs, for example pioneering computer technology at a large broadcast station when people had just gotten excited about electrical typewriters. However, I was never really happy with any of my jobs; I always felt that there was something else I needed to do.

In the mid-80s it dawned on me that something like counselling or social work might not be a bad idea. Unfortunately, preoccupied with living in a very difficult relationship, I never paid much attention to that. Shortly after I found the courage to end that relationship, I took my first counselling course and immediately knew that this was for me.

Ever since, I have steeped myself in psychology. During my BA at Simon Fraser University I got quite involved with the study of chronic pain and designed and complete a number of research projects on this, including a study of medication use by persons with a very severe chronic pain condition called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (now referred to as Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome). I also have counselling diplomas from the Vancouver School Board and from the Satir Institute of the Pacific, a certificate in TRAGER psychophysical education, and in 2nd degree Reiki. My Masters thesis at Athabasca University is about transformative learning – learning moments that change people’s lives. I am a member in good standing of the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association.

Among other things, I have led meditation and relaxation groups at Simon Fraser University and the YWCA, conducted research on various topics, and worked as a counsellor under contract for the federal government. For a number of years, I worked right in the trenches of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Most of my clients feel that while it’s good that I have the educational experience that qualifies me to assist them with their challenges, what’s more is that I also have life experience. And that I feel passionate about supporting people in making a better life for themselves. I believe that everyone has the power and knowledge to create goodness for themselves and the world around them.

If there’s something in your life that could go better, write me or give me a call at 604-618-0830.

I offer all first-time clients a free 30-minute consultation.

If you wonder whether counselling is for you, this free coaching and counselling goals sheet might help you with a quick assessment. You can use it for yourself or as a basis for our 30-minute free counselling session.

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