In an out-of-control world, we all retain the human freedom of turning our attention inward to find meaning and clarity. Our suffering does not have to be meaningless, it can be our most profound tool for personal transformation. When we develop a deeper connection to our inner world, it becomes much easier to create a life that feels fulfilling and meaningful. I practice Jungian Analysis, a type of psychotherapy focused not only on the alleviation of troubling symptoms, but on uncovering a life that feels more whole, free, balanced and connected.
Personality develops in response to an imperfect world. Life happens, (from stress to intergenerational trauma, small-t and Trauma) & our experiences are stored in our nervous system and brain. Some of these facets of our unique humanness help us and some get in our way: at home, at work and play. You're normal. Neuroscience & medical imaging prove that body systems constantly communicate & coordinate to respond to life's events. The body operates as a whole. Always has. Always will. Therapy should, too. You deserve love, health & happiness. More than "feel better," therapy can improve health & happiness at a cellular level.
Currently booking a limited number of new clients. I specialize in working with people grappling with relationship issues in their intimate partnerships. My expertise lies in collaborating with individuals and couples on issues including, but not limited to, communication, intimacy, infidelity and substance misuse. I deliver optimal value for my clients by actively facilitating effective change and empowering them to achieve insight, clarity and peace of mind like never before.
In my practice, I work with adults struggling with various issues from anxiety, depression and eating issues, to trauma, grief and relationship difficulties. We all have our own history of experiences, and we tend to react in specific ways under stress. While our response may have been our best option in the past, it may not be adaptive now. I can help you resolve past traumas, learn to accept what is, and move forward from there - developing ways to a fuller and more satisfying life.
Overwhelm, stress, loss and change in our personal and professional lives; at work, at home, at play and in our relationships, is both common and very difficult to manage alone. As a registered counsellor, I meet with individuals and couples experiencing difficulties and needing assistance to understand and make meaning out of these new or continued important changes in life.
If you are thinking of connecting with a counsellor, I encourage you to give me a call. Sometimes we find ourselves seeking a safe place to look at our life and the things that trouble us with someone who knows how to help. I would like to offer this to you. I am warm, engaging, and understanding. I will work with you to address the challenges you are facing. Everyone needs somewhere they can talk freely through difficulties. This is that place. Relax and explore in confidentiality, safety, in a relationship free of judgement and full of compassion, a place where there is comfort enough to look inside and grow.
I work with adults and teenagers experiencing depression and anxiety. I also work with people experiencing trauma, spiritual crisis, relationship issues, loneliness, problems due to medication, and stress in many forms. A block of time in my practice is kept open daily for those in crisis, who cannot find adequate support through the public system. I also work with couples wishing to heal relational concerns, and those with an inclination towards spiritual practice/life. I am LGBTQ+ friendly and welcome people from all faith backgrounds and walks of life. Sessions are available in-person, by email, and via video.
Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs), in our tender years, whether they were caused by abuse, neglect or chronic parental mis-attunement are not only impediments to thriving in one's life, they increase the risk of serious physical disease in later life. Whatever hurts inside is simply asking to be known and loved. I believe that the difficulties and traumas of life need never define us as human beings. Rather, I believe that when safety, skillful caring and authentic connection are finally available for us, these very traumas can become the doors through which we discover our own unique gifts, talents and power as individuals.
I acknowledge and admire the courage it takes to seek out a counsellor to work through life's challenges. I strive to create a strong, client centered connection, based on openness, honesty, daring and respect. My counselling style is collaborative, and focuses on increasing self-awareness, highlighting personal strengths, honouring one's own insights, and removing the obstacles standing in the way of growth and development. My experience as a counsellor has taught me that in the midst of personal dissatisfaction, individuals often engage in counter-productive, even destructive thoughts and behaviors.
You aim to live in a way that doesn’t let anyone else down but are noticing that in doing so, you are letting yourself down and your own needs are not being met. You feel conflicted and anxious because “don’t good people always show up for others? Then, why do I feel hollow, lost, and unfulfilled?” You are noticing that something is off-balance in your life, and you are curious about what is it that YOU like, want, need, and desire. You wonder, “could it be possible to live a life that aligns with my true self?”
The counselling journey often begins with a sense that we may need support in navigating the complexities of life. As individuals, we experience these complexities in unique ways, often feeling alone. We navigate grief, anxiety, anger, fear, trauma, relational concerns, transitions, self-worth or feeling overwhelmed. My perspective is that we are more than problems to be fixed. We have capacity to hold fragility and resilience, courage and fear, uncertainty and hope. My goal is to cultivate a trusting, accepting relationship that holds space for your story, a space where you can feel seen, accepted, supported, and valued.
I believe individuals should feel empowered through the counselling process, therefore, I work collaboratively with my clients, allowing them to be the center of their own treatment and adapting as needed. I aim to help clients navigate and gain curiosity in regards to their needs and emotions both internally and in connection to others. I approach counselling with compassion and mindful judgement with the goal of self-acceptance for the full spectrum of emotional experiences.
I am a psychologist who has made it my life's work to help young people and adults using research-based approaches. I specialize in working with children and adolescents as well as adult veterans and their families, and I have specialized training in psychological assessment (such as psycho-educational assessment) and therapy (such as cognitive-behavioural therapy). I have worked with thousands of people, including with gifted, autistic, and otherwise exceptional children. I also have significant experience working with teachers, police, military and veterans, first responders, and physicians.
Do you live with sensory sensitivity, a mood or personality disorder, or a developmental or physical disability? Have your diverse needs caused significant changes or loss related to your health, spirituality, work, status, hobbies, or social life? In the most challenging of times, it’s easy to lose touch with our sense of self, safety, and hope. It can be hard to see where we have choice. But what if you could lighten the burden you carry — a little at a time — creating more space in your life for the things that nourish you? What if you gained more clarity around the choices you can make to start building a new life experience?
I provide psychological, psycho-educational and neuropsychological assessments for children, youth and adults. An assessment can be useful in order to understand the nature of an individual's learning needs, certain behaviours, and/or emotional challenges. It can provide specific diagnoses (e.g. ADHD, Specific Learning Disabilities, Anxiety), or simply help to identify a person's strengths and any weaknesses. Ultimately, the goal of an assessment is to make recommendations that will promote wellbeing and help an individual to be successful. In addition to assessments, I also offer some individual therapy and parenting support.
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (BCACC), Registered Art Therapist (CATA), Registered FNHA and CVAP Counsellor. I am accepting new clients for telehealth - video sessions. I am providing free initial consults via phone. Experienced in counselling Children, Youth, Parents, Families, and Adults. Expertise: Grief and Loss, Transitions, Relationship Issues, Parenting Strategies, Stress and Anxiety, Emotional Regulation Issues, Depression, Anger, Learning Challenges, Perfectionism, Trauma, Highly Sensitive Personality, and Gifted Learners.
I specialize in working with clients on issues related to: grief and loss, anxiety, relationship and marital conflict, addiction, childhood trauma, body image and self-esteem, and codependency. Sessions give individuals and couples the opportunity to talk through problems and explore issues using different approaches, depending on the individual's needs. My wish is to empower individuals to find fulfilment in their lives, even through adversity. I can help equip individuals and couples with the tools and understanding needed to cope with every day and extenuating issues.
We all deserve peace, to feel connection with others, and to feel a sense of trust in ourselves and the world. Stress, anxiety, relationship struggles, depression, trauma, major life changes and family issues are among the challenges that can get in the way of us experiencing life the way we would like to. And we all have ways of coping with those stresses. But what happens when those strategies don’t seem to be working anymore? I bring a compassionate and patient approach to our work together. My approach is rooted in my sincere belief, in our ability to heal. No matter the struggle, there is always hope.
I provide counselling services to children, youth, adults, and families. I specialize in anxiety, ADHD, depression, family counselling, relationship issues, and nature-connection. Typically, the clients I see want to improve their mental health and relationships, and they are looking for new ways to manage life's many challenges. I am a counsellor who is culturally sensitive, LGBTQIA2S+ friendly, and FNHA registered.
Are you feeling overwhelmed, lost or stuck in a holding pattern? I offer a safe supportive approach to help you explore the underlying meaning of your concerns regarding anxiety, depression, life transitions, trauma, loss of meaning, issues around spirituality and addictions. After twenty years of working with people through creativity-based processes as a workshop facilitator and now more recently as a therapist I've seen that the creative process is a living thing in the human psyche and that each of us has deep resources to help us heal. Together we'll rediscover these vital restorative resources within you.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in North Saanich are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in North Saanich then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in North Saanich, or Child Psychologists in North Saanich.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like North Saanich psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in North Saanich specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.