After many years of working in the business world, I arrived at a place and time in my life where I felt that I wasn’t being fulfilled on a personal, spiritual and ethical level. In this previous life I owned and ran successful import businesses in the fashion and jewellery industries, but after 20 years it became apparent that I was meant for something more. Thus began my journey. I knew that there was another career out in the world for me and after some deep thought and soul searching I realized that I wanted to make a difference in the lives of others, so I began working and training in a field in which I knew I would have a positive impact.
I have been working with people in various therapeutic capacities for over 20 years. This includes being a mentor and counsellor to many individuals and families dealing with substance and alcohol abuse related issues, and I am familiar with both 12 step programs and harm reduction approaches.
I have been involved as a volunteer for several years with patients on Fir Square at BC Woman’s Hospital. Fir Square is a Combined Care Unit caring for substance-using women and their substance-exposed newborns. I have also headed up two projects which were aimed at social causes and benefiting others. Feed the Hungry, a project aimed at bringing together people of conflicting cultures to experience working together for a common social goal, feeding the hungry on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside; and the development of a therapeutic garden for a multi-disability residential social housing building whose residents’ disabilities range from physical through mental/psychiatric to substance abuse issues. I currently volunteer and am a contract worker at the Rainier Hotel www.rainierhotel.ca in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, supporting women in different stages of recovery from substance abuse and trauma; facilitating an anger management and an assertiveness group, as well as providing one on one counselling services.
I am a registered member of the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association, holding the designation of RPC – Registered Professional Counsellor and MPCC – Master Practitioner Clinical Counsellor. I hold a certificate in Horticultural Therapy from The Van Dusen Botanical Garden Horticultural Therapy Certificate Program and am a certified Reiki Master in the Usui tradition.
I have a commitment to ongoing professional development and have pursued further specialized training in counselling clients and families dealing with end of life and hospice related issues.
I am a certified S M A R T Recovery facilitator and continue ongoing professional development and training in the areas of addiction and trauma.
My areas of specialization include; addiction, substance abuse/misuse, trauma, loss and grief, pet loss, and chronic and terminal illness.