"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I change".
~ Carl Rogers, American Humanistic Psychologist
My counselling and art therapy practice is located on the Sunshine Coast in Gibsons, BC, but is currently online. I have a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology with a specialization in Art Therapy and am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). I am also a Clinical Supervisor with the BCACC-RCS provisional designation and a member of the International Association for Counselling (IAC).
I hail from a maternal line of Eastern European refugees and was born and raised in Aotearoa New Zealand in a bicultural family. I am a nature-lover and have a passion for artistic expression, music, history, languages, travelling and learning about culture. All my life I have worked in highly diverse cultural settings and am privileged and honoured to be able to connect with, witness and walk alongside diverse individuals seeking growth, support and guidance.
I am a settler and humble guest here in Canada and wish to acknowledge the destructive impact of colonization on the first peoples of Turtle Island. I also wish to recognize the collective and individual strength, resilience and courage that it has taken and still takes to fight and resist colonization and state, structural and interpersonal violence and racism in this country.
I wish to acknowledge that I live, play and conduct my work on the stolen ancestral lands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and Shíshálh First Nations.