Registered Social Worker
I have 20 years of clinical experience in mental health, both inpatient and community settings in my home country of Lithuania and in Canada. I have worked with individuals living with trauma, coping with loss, grief, anxiety, and identity struggles, as well as with clients facing oppression and marginalization.
Previously, I facilitated psychoeducational groups for children impacted by parental substance use as well as worked with children and adolescents in treatment foster care settings. In addition to my private practice, I also work as a clinical social worker at Vancouver Coastal Health.
My educational, living and working experience in two countries has shaped my clinical practice and provided me with a broader understanding of culturally sensitive aspects of therapy.
In my clinical practice with clients I focus on a trauma informed lens. I utilize narrative therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, and the experiential therapy model.
I received my Master’s in Social Work in Lithuania and I am completing my Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Psychology and Social Work, while working as a researcher in the Child Study Lab at the University of British Columbia (UBC). In my doctoral dissertation I investigate the construct of resilience in the context of multiculturalism, oppression and historical trauma.
My scholarly contributions include a number of publications in peer-reviewed journals, as well as presentations at national and international conferences on the topics of resilience and global perspectives on trauma, healing, thriving and life transitions. I have taught at the departments of social work at a university in Vilnius, and later at UBC.
I enjoy the company of my two kids and my dachshund Dobi, and I love dancing tango.
20+ years of practice
M.S.W., Vytautas Magnus University
Ph.D. candidate, UBC
Grief and Loss
Adjusting To Change
Trauma Informed Practice
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Experiential Unity Model
Mon - Thurs 5:00pm - 8:30pm
Fri 9:00am - 6:00pm
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