MA - Registered clinical counsellor
Engaging in counselling to process trauma and address challenges takes courage. Making this decision of engagement is the start of healing and growth as it takes self-awareness and volition. As someone who wants to be able to support you as you move through it, I want to share a bit about myself and my approach so that you can make an informed, intentional decision. I hope that my vulnerability inspires yours and we can begin the process of building trust.
Since I can remember I have been in a supportive role with the people in my life and engaged in art making to process my own experiences. I believe my ability to be compassionate and empathic are the qualities that allowed for the safety my loved ones needed to trust me with their stories. Since finishing my education, I have worked in a variety of community mental health settings with primarily immigrants, people in the LGBTQI2S+ communities, POC, and survivors of sexual assault and gender-based violence.
My lived experiences as a queer, Latina immigrant woman have developed my capacity to be introspective and self-reflective. Through my work in community mental health I have gained a deep understanding of the connection between the personal and the public. In order to truly get to root of an issue so that true healing and transformation can happen, we have to understand the context in which harm has occurred—familial, cultural, societal, etc. Through our counselling relationship, we can explore the multiplicity of your identity, recognize your strengths, and increase connection with yourself and your communities.
My practice is situated in client-centered, feminist, anti-oppressive, and social justice principles. This means that I’m aware of how my social location may impact the way that I understand other people’s stories and the way that I am perceived by others. In the counselling room I try to offer a direct, authentic, caring, and nonjudgmental environment. I support clients in processing their experiences and deepening their understanding of themselves and their relationships. I affirm clients’ needs and desires. I value reciprocity, vulnerability, and collaboration. In honoring clients’ knowledge, I invite them to co-create safety and exercise their self-determination. I am specialized in working with people who have experienced trauma, experiences of ongoing oppression, family separation, and grief and loss.
When I’m outside the counselling room, I enjoy making art, hiking, running, riding my bike, drinking coffee, and eating ice cream. I enjoy re-watching movies and TV shows. I am a Pisces and ENFJ.
My pronouns are she/her.
I live, work, make, and learn on the unceded territories of the Xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam),Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
Approaches in Therapy
|mindfulness | art therapy | Feminist | Trauma-informed |EMDR| Somatic | Narrative | client-centered | Anti-oppressive | relational | De-colonizing | Harm-reduction |
Professional Licensure & Degrees
Registered Clinical Counsellor, BC Association of Clinical Counsellors
Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Art, Florida International University
Professional Trainings & Experience
EMDR Level I Training, Dr. Marshall Wilensky
Trauma-Informed Somatic Practice Certificate, Dr. Sharon Stanley
Land Based Trauma Healing, Shirley Ward
Introduction to Mindfulness and Trauma, Dr. Kasim Al-Mashat
Supporting Sex Workers, Living in Community
Trans Inclusion Trainings, WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre
Introduction to Mindfulness, Children’s Research Triangle
Solidarity in Anti-Oppressive Practice, Dr. Vikki Reynolds
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Medical University of South Carolina
Sexual Assault Counsellor, WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre
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