Practicum Student, Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology Program
Beliefs and Values
I believe that our common humanity stems from the fact that each of us is uniquely flawed and that each of us is worthy of love and belonging.
While life can be joyful at times it can also be painful and challenging. Life challenges come in many forms- childhood trauma, family conflict, loss, divorce, isolation, sadness- each of which can take a toll on our mental, physical, spiritual and social wellbeing. Any of these challenges can be overwhelming to face alone. Healthy interpersonal relationships and professional supports are two effective ways to help us navigate the pain and stresses of daily life.
Counselling can provide a safe space to work through life’s challenges and begin the healing process. In my own life journey, counselling has helped me build resilience and taught me to practice self-compassion and fully accept myself- flaws and all.
Approach to counselling
My approach to counselling involves using a client-centered and trauma-informed approach to meet each client where they’re at and create a safe and nonjudgmental space where each client feels heard, accepted and valued. I draw inspiration from cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, mindfulness, positive psychology, self-compassion therapy and narrative therapy techniques in order to cater to each client’s unique circumstance. Through empathetic understanding, collaboration and cultural humility, I hope to discover each client’s unique strengths and identify various cultural, spiritual and psychosocial supports to assist them in their healing journey.
My professional background includes supporting children with autism spectrum disorder and developmental delays as well as working with youth and families affected by complex trauma and concurrent mental health disorders. These professional experiences have helped me understand how early childhood experiences can lead to challenges later in life.
My active participation in Edmonton’s musical theatre, choral and opera communities has taught me the healing power of creative self-expression. I believe finding positive social connections and pursuing meaningful hobbies can increase resilience and improve our quality of life.
“You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.”
- Hunter Patch Adams