Registered Counselling Therapist MA, RCT-C
Hi there. It takes a lot of courage to reach out for help, and I am so glad that you’re here. Let me tell you a little bit about myself, to help you decide if we could be a good fit together.
I have been practicing psychotherapy since 2016, and I have 6 years of combined experience working with individuals, groups, couples, and families in a mental health setting. I am a Registered Counselling Therapist-Candidate with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists, and I received my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology in 2017. I am also a professional member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
I see therapy as a creative process, co-created by the therapist and the client. I am influenced by Jungian psychoanalysis, and I have received additional post-graduate training in Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS), a cutting-edge and evidence-based type of psychotherapy that focuses on working with sub-personalities to reduce inner conflict, heal trauma, and restore balance to the personality system. IFS has been proven effective in treating a wide range of psychological issues. I love IFS because while it is evidence-based, it also offers a spiritual component to treatment, which can be very helpful for some people. However, the model is equally effective without going into spirituality, which can be very helpful to others! If you have any questions about IFS and how it might help you, don’t hesitate to reach out. I would be happy to answer them. If IFS isn’t for you, I am also trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based therapies.
Outside of these influences, my method is first and foremost person-centered. Every individual, couple and family is unique and in my opinion, beautiful. My priority is to use my knowledge to collaborate with you and create a treatment plan that is as unique as you are. I work hard to create a non-judgemental, genuine, and loving space so that my clients feel safe and held through their most vulnerable moments.
My specific areas of interest are helping parents to have more positive and connected relationships with their children, and working with complex trauma and attachment injuries with all age groups. I adore working with teens and children. I have experience working with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), PTSD, and addiction – and I find this work to be extremely rewarding.
A little bit more about my background: I have spent the past 5 years living abroad in Vietnam, and I recently repatriated to my home province of Nova Scotia in September of 2020. During this time I served the Vietnamese and the expat population, and so I am accustomed to working with many different cultural experiences. I currently live in Dartmouth with my long-term partner, my young son, and my (very spoiled) adopted Vietnamese dog and cat.
Thank you for reading, and I look forward to supporting you on your journey.
“A healer does not heal you. A healer is someone who holds space for you while you awaken your inner healer, so that you may heal yourself.” – Maryam Hasnaa
Registered Counselling Therapist Candidate, Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists RCT-C20-051