Registered Clinical Counsellor
British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors
- Simon Fraser University Bachelor of Arts – Psychology Major with an Extended Minor in Theatre and a Certificate of Liberal Arts
- Jin Yi University Mandarin Studies
- University of Lethbridge Masters of Counselling Psychology
Certification and Specializations:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy- Anxiety
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Grief
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Trauma
Brain Story Certification
Vancouver is where I call home, however, I have lived in Brazil, South Korea, and Taiwan. I’ve been a foreigner struggling to learn new cultural customs and languages. I know the blend of excitement and fear associated with change, I have navigated uncertainty, and I have faced the struggle to find strength in being me wherever I am.
When I first started counselling, I was working in schools then switched to working with non-profits in New Westminster and Burnaby a few years later. In 2008, I joined the Health Authority initially I was working in adult Mental Health and Addictions but later moved to Child and Youth Mental Health.
Over the past 18 years, I received specialized training in working with LGBTIQ2S, Aboriginal, refugee, and immigrant populations as well as those living with trauma. I am trained in suicide risk assessment, threat assessment, violence prevention, trauma informed care, decolonization, indigenous cultural practice, and intergenerational residential school trauma recovery, harm reduction, engaging difficult to reach clients, motivational interviewing, dialectical behavioural skills, and vicarious trauma prevention.
In 2011, I became certified in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for anxiety. Then a year later I completed certification in CBT for trauma and traumatic grief. I am also EMDRIA approved Eye-movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist.
Outside of work, I make art, play/create music, and do yoga. I'm also passionate about animal rescue and have been a volunteer with both Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue and the BC SPCA as a foster parent for animals. Below are pictures of some of my former foster kittens.