I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor in the province of British Columbia licensed through the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (#2746).
I have worked as a Mental Health Practitioner for many years in a variety of venues: hospitals, hospice and palliative care centres, a residential addictions treatment centre, a counselling agency contracted through the Ministry of Children and Family Development, and most recently for over a decade in my own clinic and private practice.
Over the years I have worked with youth, families, couples and individuals. Currently I am focusing my work with individual adults and my approach is relational, respectful, compassionate and strengths-based.
Learn more about the services I offer HERE.
Throughout my professional career I have also taken numerous specialized training programs, including several Somatic Experiencing Master Classes with Dr. Peter Levine, Complex Trauma training with Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk, a 200-hour Yin Yoga training program with Eion Finn, a Hospice/End of Life training at the California Pacific Medical Centre, and many more. Keeping up to date with the latest information related to trauma and body-centred approaches and professional development are key elements to my continual growth and practice.
As a registered Expressive Arts Therapist, the arts in all forms are very important to me. I have co-authored a book titled Treasure: Creative Adventures in Self-Discovery, and have written numerous chapters in other books, including in She Appears: Encounters with Kwan Yin Goddess of Compassion by Sandy Boucher.
I have taught and facilitated many forms of arts and creativity classes and workshops over the years and utilize expressive arts if deemed desirable by a client. I also have a vibrant art practice. My first solo show at the Gage Art Gallery occurred in 2022 in Victoria, BC.
You can find my artwork HERE.
Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology, Expressive Arts Specialty, California Institute of Integral Studies,
San Francisco 2006
Bachelor of Arts, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco 2002
Certificate of Somatic Experiencing, Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute – 3 year program
(Dr. Peter Levine) 2016
Certificate of Early Attachment, DARE (Dynamic Attachment Repair Experience – 3-year program)
Diane Poole Heller 2014
Certificate of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn 2008
Bachelor of Administration/Commerce, University of Saskatchewan 1988