I’ve considered myself a “people person” since I can remember, but it wasn’t until my early twenties that I realized how passionate I was about hearing people’s stories and helping them overcome suffering. Even as a kid, I remember feeling so curious about what may be driving us to act the way we do, realizing that there was so much more to the story than what meets the eye.
As I grew older, I noticed more and more how little people talked about difficult feelings and experiences, and how common it was to suffer in silence. I really wanted to let people know that they weren’t alone, and that we could work through this together. In 2011, I decided to pursue a Masters in Counselling Psychology and became a Registered Psychologist in Alberta.
After working in Calgary, AB for 9 years, my family and I decided to return to my hometown of Fernie, BC and I have to say that it is the most exciting move we could have made. I truly feel I have come “full circle.”
Living and working in the big city provided me the opportunity to build a skill set to help diverse populations with varying issues. I worked in adult mental health with Alberta Health Services as well as ran my own private practice, working with a multitude of issues including: anxiety, depression, trauma, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, and personality disorders. I completed training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and worked with individuals and groups using these modalities. About 6 years ago, I became particularly passionate about working in Maternal Mental Health and sought out additional, specialized education and training in this area. I then advocated for the development of a perinatal stream within the clinic I was working, where I took on the role as perinatal specialist. Another area that I became increasingly passionate about over time is trauma. I uncovered more and more that trauma comes in many different shapes and forms, and can have a significant impact on our ability to function day to day, whether that be in employment, how we relate to others, or how relate to ourselves. This motivated me to complete trauma training in Accelerated Resolution Therapy.
Now, I am ready to bring this skill set to Fernie and serve the community I care for deeply. I started Full Circle Psychology to focus on helping and supporting people in the Elk Valley and anyone else who would benefit from my expertise. I have continued to maintain my designation as a Registered Psychologist in Alberta and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor in BC.
Feedback that I often receive from clients is that I keep it real and I’m easy to talk to. I have never been very good at being anything other than myself. I am very passionate about therapy and helping others, and I feel being myself helps us get onto the right track immediately. It opens the door for you to be yourself as well, something that we may not always allow for ourselves. You deserve to be seen. You deserve to be heard. Our connection, and you feeling truly seen and heard, is integral to the work that we will do together.
I have a client-centered, integrative approach which involves being fully and wholly present with you, without judgment. Together, we will establish what you may be suffering from and uncover what path will be most effective for us to take in order for you to reach the outcome you’re looking for. I initially strive to help you feel comfort, relief and a new sense of hope within our first session together. That being said, I don’t want you to feel better after seeing me only to fall into the same patterns. Thus, it will be essential that you and I identify and work through the root of these patterns so that long-term you are suffering significantly less and you feel like you have the tools and awareness you need to manage more effectively moving forward.
I work from a foundation of Mindfulness, DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) and CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and also have specialized training in Accelerated Resolution Therapy and Perinatal Mental Health. I believe we are all unique, and therefore make sure my therapy approach is what best fits your needs.
In our work together, you will not only be overcoming current challenges, but will also be acquiring a greater sense of who you are, what you need or want, and learning how to make that happen. Once we find this internal harmony, navigating the external world becomes a whole lot easier.