I emigrated from the U.K with my family to Kelowna in 2007. I have worked within various mental health and counselling services settings with individuals and families for over 18 years, both in the United Kingdom and Canada. These include child and adolescent in-patient psychiatric units, adult and youth community mental health teams as a counsellor/therapist and intake worker, youth substance counsellor and as an eating disorder clinician for youth.
I qualified as nurse in the U.K in 2000, graduating from the University of Central England, Birmingham and I am both a Registered Nurse (RN) and Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) in B.C. I also have a Master of Science (MSc) Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy/Counselling, am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors, and a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
My experience includes providing individual counselling for mental and emotional health, and relationship issues to individuals and families for range of concerns, co-facilitating therapy and psychoeducational groups, and providing tailored interventions that effectively integrate a range of psychotherapeutic approaches, such as Systemic, Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).
I believe working with children, youth, young adults and their families requires specialist expertise and my education and over 18 years of experience of working with children, youth, young adults and adults in multiple settings, has allowed for me to develop these necessary skills. I like to work from a systemic perspective and have extensive training and experience in individual and family counselling. I am passionate about working this way while focusing on the core principles of attachment.
CBT TEAM Therapy Level 1
Connect Parent Group Facilitator
(An evidence-based 10-week manualized group program for parents and caregivers of pre-teens and teens who struggle with significant behaviour problems and mental health issues).
CBT for Anxiety
BC Early Psychosis Intervention Training Program
Interpersonal Therapy for Adolescents
Introductory Certificate in Family & Systemic Therapy, Birmingham University, U.K
Masters of Science (MSc) in Marriage and Family Therapy/Counselling, Capella University, Minnesota
Bachelor of Science (BSPN) in Psychiatric Nursing, Douglas College, Vancouver
Bachelor of Science (Hons Degree) in Mental Health Studies, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Pathway, University of Central England, Birmingham. U.K.
Specialist Practitioner Certificate in Child and Adolescent Mental Health & Community Studies. University of Central England, Birmingham, U.K. (Child & Adolescent Psychiatry/Child Mental Health Theory and Application to Practice, Adolescent Mental Health, The Effect of Trauma Upon a Child/Adolescent), University of Central England, Birmingham. U.K.
Diploma of Higher Education (Dip HE) Nursing, University of Central England, Birmingham U.K.
$110 including GST per hour for individual sessions, $120 per 75 minutes including GST for couple and family sessions. Debit (tap), credit, e-transfer, cash, cheque and Paypal accepted. All payments are due at the end of each session.
Should you need to, a 24hr notice of cancellation is appreciated. Full cost of service will be charged should a client not attend a scheduled appointment without prior sufficient notice.
Counselling services are not covered by Medical Services Plan (MSP) in British Columbia, however services may be covered under extended health benefits. Great West Life, Pacific Blue Cross, Green Shield Insurance and Sun Life Financial Insurance are known to cover a portion or all of counselling services provided by a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC). Please contact your benefit plan to find out if you are eligible. Receipts not submitted for insurance claims may be tax deductible under medical expenses.