Experience & Competence
Educated. Certified. Best Practice.
My professional “therapeutic” oriented experience began in my role as “peer-volunteer” on a part time basis with Qmuninty. There I used basic skills (active listening, empathy, reflection, framing/ reframing) to assist Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, and Transgendered individuals with their struggles. I did this for several years while attending my studies at Simon Fraser University (2003-2005).
In early 2006 I decided to begin to formalize my therapeutic training at VCC. I did the basic counselling skills course and felt a strong resonance with the course content. This lead to my volunteering with the Vancouver Crisis Line and Suicide Prevention Center of BC. I assisted 100’s of callers in severe to moderate distress, with a number of varying issues. I was associated with this organization for four years until late 2010.
In the fall of 2007 i continued my professional training in counselling psychology at the Adler School of Professional Psychology (Vancouver Campus) now Adler University. My training included theoretical training, process work, experiential work, group /couples/ individual skills training, and research graduate thesis defence. I had the privilege of completing a 150 hour community service practicum with Canadian Mental Health Association (Burnaby/ Vancouver Branch) and a 700 hour clinical practicum with Family Services of Greater Vancouver.
The spring and summer of 2010 marked the completion of my Masters in Counselling Psychology and my acceptance to The British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). I began my private practice work late 2010/ early 2011. Since beginning in practice I have logged 10,000+ direct client hours. In that time I have helped a number of individuals and couples overcome obstacles to their health and well-being.
In short I have the following volunteer, academic, and professional competence:
- Simon Fraser University – Bachelor in Communication / Minor in Sociology
- Thompson Rivers & Athabasca – Certificate in Psychology
- Vancouver Community College – Basic Counselling Skills
- Adler School of Professional Psychology – Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology
- Practicum Family Services of Greater Vancouver
- Practicum Canadian Mental Health Association
- Former Volunteer with Qmuninty (GLBT Center of Vancouver)Former Volunteer with Vancouver Crisis Line
- Professional attendee “The Evolution of Psychotherapy 2009”Professional in Private practice since 2011
- Professional designation: RCC (Registered Clinical Counsellor) BCACC since 2010
- Professional attendee “North American Adlerian Society Conference 2011”Professional Member of HIM supervision group since 2010
- Professional Member with Human Solutions and Homewood Health (EAP)Professional Member of the Jungian Society of Vancouver
- Professional attendee “The National Institute for the Clinical
- Application of Behavioral Medicine 2012 Trauma Series
- Professional attendee at 5 Adler School Colloquiums, and 6 BCACC Community Events
- Professional attendee at “TEDx Vancouver” October 2012
- Professional attendee of the “2012 Brief Therapy Conference”
- Former Volunteer (President & member at large roles) with “The Electra residential section” – 5 years.
- Professional attendee of “The evolution of Psychotherapy 2017”
- 5000+ direct client hours (expert level); 100’s of client’s assisted.
I am a registered clinical counsellor (RCC #3525) who holds a masters of arts (M.A.) in counselling psychology from the Adler University (2010). I practice clinical psychotherapy in the Vancouver Block building located at the corner of Granville & W. Georgia Streets, downtown Vancouver. I believe strongly in holding the highest professional standards. Best practice is providing to the client the benefit of my experience and education in safe, and transparent ways.
My Professional Development
I believe strongly in continued professional development as part of best practice, and the maintenance of ethical standards. I attend regular supervision with several colleagues. Cases are presented with anonymity to other practitioners, and their opinions incorporated into my treatment approach. I attend a supervision group once a month as time permits through the Health Initiative for Men (HIM).