In my private practice, I have worked with individuals, families, and couples who have struggled with the following problems: depression, anxiety, addiction (substances, gambling, and pornography), grief and loss, sexuality, gender questioning, shame, guilt, fear, life transition, stress, relationship conflict for queer and heterosexual couples, and the negative consequences of sexism, racism, homophobia and transphobia.
I have facilitated individual, group, couples, and family sessions; so, I am comfortable with having sessions with as many or as few participants as my clients wish.
I also have extensive experience working in the field of addiction. In addition to my private practice work, I hold two part-time contracts: 1) Vancouver Coastal Health as an Addiction and Concurrent Disorder Counsellor for Youth/Families - my work involves supporting youth and/or their families who are impacted by mental health struggles and substance misuse; and 2) Responsible and Problem Gambling Program - supporting "gamblers" or "affected others" in individual, group, family or couples counselling.
Similarly, in the past, I worked as a Family Therapist at Peak House which is a residential treatment program for youth working towards getting their life back from drugs and alcohol. The youth I worked with had a 'life and death' struggle with substances and a number of problems that often tagged along including: depression, anxiety, anger, guilt, shame, fear, grief, disordered eating, self-harm, suicidal thinking, sexual exploitation and sexual abuse. I worked with a team of professionals, community partners and family members to help the young person find freedom from their struggles. My work also included a fair amount of family counselling to help families reconnect to each other after the bomb of addiction had gone off in their lives. I am a big believer in family work because the youth who were connected to their families had better outcomes ("family" as the young people defined them - biological and/or chosen). I've seen many of the youth I worked with get their lives back from addiction and other seemingly overwhelming problems. I know change and recovery is possible.