Well Hello There
I know it takes courage to consider counselling
Perhaps it'd be helpful to know a little bit about me as you're considering if I'd be a good choice for you. If you take a leap of courage, it's nice to know who the person you're taking that leap with is like.
I grew up in a mountain town, and as a young person I was blessed to have many people around me who loved me and to get to live so closely with nature. Even as a young person though my life was touched with illness, and through stays at the hospitals and the Ronald McDonald House I was exposed to the many unfair hardships that people have to endure. I was also exposed to the beauty of the human spirit, and I learned that pain can not only be endured but it can also lead us to unexpected treasures.
One of those treasures for me was a seed of deep acceptance of all people that was planted within me as a little girl.
My love of people expanded over the years, and in 2010 I made the choice of becoming a counsellor. I earned a Master's of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology which helped to catapult me directly into a career as a counsellor before I had fully graduated. I began by working in Child and Youth Mental Health as well as doing a Sexual Abuse Intervention Program before transitioning into private practice.
I still see young people in my private practice, and I think there is something so uniquely special about the childhood and teenage years. I do not dismiss what young people are going through as a phase or as angst, but as important crossroads in their lives that they deserve gentle, kind counselling to get through.
I also see people of all ages, and I believe that variety is the spice of life so I have had the pleasure of helping parents with young children, people who are in their retirement years, and people of all ages in between.
I have a special interest in working with people who are highly sensitive, are men looking to deepen their relationships and self love, are women in business, or are ready to thrive in their life but are unsure how to get from where they are to where they want to go.
Is this sounding like you?
What can you expect from counselling?
For many of my clients I am the first counsellor they have ever seen, and a counsellor's office can be such a mysterious place when you haven't experienced it yet. The two main things I've discovered that people ponder are what kinds of things I am going to ask them about and how they will feel during the session and after.
Those are both really important questions, and hopefully I can demystify them for you a little. In our first session I ask you a lot of questions so that I can get a general view of you. The main reason you have decided to come to counselling is very important, but in order for us to make a plan that is good for you it's also important for me to get an idea of who you are. None of us are exactly the same, and all of us deserve personalised care.
The other common curiosity people have is how they will feel during and after counselling sessions. I wish I could give you a better answer to this, but how you feel will likely be different each time we have a session and it will be different than how any of my other clients feel. I always aim to be respectful of your limits, and my approach to therapy is gentle.
My aim in counselling is to help you discover the roots and keys to your healing, equip you with skills to help when you are in some form of discomfort, to unleash your inherent wisdom, and to help you with your long-term growth and change. I also aim to help you see that life can be beautiful even when it doesn't make sense, that life can be beautiful even when there is pain, and that life can be beautiful eventually even when it seems like in the moment that all there is is darkness.
You can expect to be treated with respect, to have our sessions kept confidential within the limits of confidentiality, and to have a plan for our sessions that we create and modify together.
Booking an appointment
Now that you know a little about me and my background, I'd love to hear from you. I always aim to return messages within 24 hours, but please do understand that life comes up for all of us and sometimes it takes longer for me to respond. You are a priority, and I will be in touch as soon as I am able to be.
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