From a very young age, I found comfort and purpose in therapy and artistic expression and saw its potential as a safe, non-judgemental pathway to self-awareness and growth. I was born in South America and grew up between the Middle East and South-East Asia. This exposure to diversity has given me a very broad and unique perspective of the human experience with all its intersectional identities.
I combine Humanistic, Somatic, and Creative Therapy modalities to best meet my clients' needs in an integrative way. I aim for an authentic, collaborative therapeutic relationship that draws on the client's strengths, life experiences, intersectional identities, and therapeutic goals.
I believe in the power of providing a safe environment to explore ANY topic or experience. I trust in everyone's innate wisdom and respect all priorities brought forth by clients. That being said, I do not shy away from encouraging challenging moments that help increase our awareness.
I have professional experience working in schools, non-profit organizations, end-of-life care facilities, hospitals, community centres, and in private practice. I see children, adolescents, adults, and seniors seeking support for grief/loss, trauma, depression and anxiety, sexuality, gender identity, relational conflict, and other behavioural and emotional needs.
Along with counselling, I have a passion for running professional development workshops for other mental health care professionals on the safe use of art materials and creativity in their practice.
My pronouns are she/her.
Master of Counselling Psychology - Adler University - Vancouver Campus
Postgraduate Diploma in Art Therapy - The Vancouver Art Therapy Institute
Gottman Method Couples Training
Neurobiology of Trauma and Attachment
Homicide Loss Facilitator Training
A designation of BC Association of Clinical Counsellors