Registered Social Worker
Counselling has always been a calling for me, beginning in my teenage years. This passion has guided me for over 25 years in my work with individuals, couples and groups.
The biggest change in my career happened through learning about the importance of bringing “the body” into treatment. Only through my own healing did I realize the importance of paying attention to “issues in one’s tissues” and how past unresolved emotion held in the body can impact our live’s dramatically. Not only by unhelpful messages to our brain but also with feeling intensely stuck.
Once I started to work from a trauma informed mind/ body perspective the change I saw in clients was dramatic. It inspired me to write a couple of books to capture the key aspects of counseling that provide deep healing and the possibilities of transformation. I have developed my own model, experiential unity model, where I use metaphor and art to get to the deeper material that facilitates the change process. I put a lot of emphasis on tools and techniques that calm the body and assist in healing at a deep level.
My books include:
- Experiential Unity Theory and Model (text book)
- Reclaim Your Soul: Your Path To Healing (self-help)
- When The River Wakes Up (novel)
I have a Masters degree in Social work from UBC School of Social work and a Diploma in Conflict analysis and Management.
I have also taught social work students at UBC Counseling and other courses for the past 7 years and give workshops to Professionals on teaching a Trauma informed Practice.
25+ years of practice
M.S.W., U of British Columbia
B.Sc., University of Natal
Adjusting To Change
Childhood / Sexual Abuse
Family of Origin Issues
Trauma Informed Practice
Experiential Unity Model
Currently on sabbatical
(writing another book!)
"It is as if our heart is attached to butterfly wings, lighting and alighting us, taking us into the ether where hope builds on more hope."