I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Simon Fraser University and earned a Master of Counselling degree from City University of Seattle. I am a Registered
Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC).
I worked as an intern community counsellor for Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Community Services and I am now currently employed by this agency as a clinical counsellor in their Affordable
Counselling Program. I have experience working with clients from all age groups and backgrounds, and I welcome individuals of all cultures, religions, ethnicities, ages, and sexual orientations. I see individuals, couples, and families, and I have led group therapy sessions. I offer group counselling sessions for anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and anger.
People often seek counselling because they feel stuck in their lives. This feeling can manifest in many different ways including anxiety, depression, anger, or simply a general lack of purpose or meaning. Sometimes people find themselves in specific situations for which there seems to be no solution. Counselling can help address these struggles and challenges. My practice is client-centered, which means that I am deeply interested in what people want from coming to counselling, and exploring together effective, values-driven, and compassionate ways to address their needs and preferences.
I use an approach called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, ACT. ACT is a powerful mindfulness-based model for handling difficult thoughts and feelings more effectively, reducing stress, living fully in the present moment, and creating a rich, vital, and meaningful life. Rooted in the cognitive-behavioural tradition, ACT is an evolving, expansive, and empirically-based therapy model that emphasizes a profoundly respectful and collaborative approach to working with people and communities. Based on the assumption that people are not defined by what they are struggling with, I reject labels, categorizations, and attempts to pathologize differences in human experience, and see my role as gently assisting people to discover ways of letting go of the struggle with pain, be more mindful, clarify what really matters to them, and to commit to a life worth living. Please call me at (04) 209-2324 to book an appointment. More information can be found on my website at www.kanakacreekcounselling.com I look forward to meeting you.