I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor through the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors who provides online children’s counselling and family support. For the past 16 years, I have been dedicated to learning about and working in the helping field.
I started my journey by volunteering at a children’s hospice for 10 wonderful years as a family volunteer and co-facilitator of grief support groups. During that time, I completed a degree in Psychology at the University of Victoria, a Diploma in Counselling and Human Development, and a Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology from Simon Fraser University.
Once I graduated, I began working as a family counsellor and children’s counsellor in non-profit organizations. At two hospice societies, I held the roles of child and youth counsellor and children’s services manager. I also worked for a school district as a grief specialist; helping to support school counsellors. Throughout this time, I co-facilitate groups for children dealing with anxiety and/or depression, executive functioning difficulties, witnessing and/or experiencing abuse, divorce and separation, grief and loss, as well as adult groups focused on strengthening the parent-child relationship.
Over the years, I have enjoyed presenting for community members, school districts, local hospices, the BC Play Therapy Association and the BC Bereavement Helpline on how to help support children dealing with difficult issues. I was also a guest speaker on the Grief Dreams Podcast talking about my experience working with children and grief.
Continuing to engage in new learning as much as possible, I received specialized training in grief and loss through Living Through Loss Society and in play therapy through the Centre for Expressive Therapy. I also regularly attend professional development opportunities on a variety of child counselling approaches. I use a child-centered and integrative approach I customize for each family I work with depending on their unique needs.
On a mission to help support adults supporting children, I authored a book series called Woodland Wisdom Books. These books are children’s stories and guides for adults to help children navigate difficult issues.
The 1st volume covers death, grief, and loss. The 2nd is about feelings and how they affect our bodies. The 3rd is about the difference between abuse and anger. To learn more about this book series, visit www.WoodlandWisdomBooks.com.
On a personal note, I love nature, snow, rain, delicious foods, and spending time with my loved ones. I am especially fond of wintertime. There is something about the way that season inspires kindness and care that brings a magical feeling to my heart.
On another personal note, the reason I became a children’s counsellor is I grew up really struggling with how to express my feelings in healthy ways. I felt like a monster, with little to no self-control. Throughout my years of learning, training, volunteering, working, and attending counselling myself, I have found healthy ways to express my feelings and as a result have had an easier and happier life. My hope is to help children gain a sense of mastery over the expression of their emotions and go back to living mostly happy lives themselves.
I am passionate and dedicated to making the world a better place and believe if children and families are able to find healthy ways to express thoughts and feelings it could make a big impact on the future of our world.
If you are interested in learning more about myself or the services offered from Willow Tree Children’s Counselling, connect for a free 15-minute phone consultation or send an email with your inquiry.