Individual or small group
Diverse clinical experience
Formally trained in leadership, supervision and practice ethics
Clinical Consults & Supervision
I began my leadership path after completing my undergraduate degree leading teams of volunteers and staff working with vulnerable populations. This led to social service leadership roles that included casework supervision and eventually my role as an Executive Director in a mid-sized children's mentoring agency.
Now I offer clinical consultation to interns, practicing counsellors, child therapists and other mental health professionals. I completed my clinical supervision training through the University of Calgary's continuing education department some years ago. Then more recently I acquired a play therapy supervisor designation through the BCPTA. I seek out both peer supervision and paid clinical supervision to support my role consulting with other counsellors.
I have always been interested in risk management and practice ethics. I am a long term member of the BCACC Ethics and Standards Committee and I was formerly the Chair of the Complaints Committee for another national counselling registration body. Early on in my career I was a professional trainer with Volunteer Canada in the area of risk management for volunteer programs. I supported nonprofits programs in developing risk management practices and I was involved in developing Best Practices through BC Continuing Care to address elder abuse issues.
I held a clinical consultation position with a local Island agency's Youth Counselling Services Team for two years. I currently offer ongoing clinical supervision to couple and family therapists, child and youth therapists, play therapists and general adult practitioners.
I especially enjoy offering support to counsellors through supervision and consultation, whether someone is at the beginning of their career or seasoned. Group supervision, in particular, has been beneficial for me so I am keen to facilitate these.
I firmly believe that there is no "best" therapy method out there. Instead there are many effective ways to support clients through your therapeutic relationships. A critical requirement for experiencing success in counselling is to have a therapeutic orientation that resonates with you, to ensure the concepts can be easily communicated to clients. If the counsellor believes that an intervention can be helpful then this vision of change can be effectively adopted by the client. Research supports this idea as well. For this reason, I do have my own preferred therapies I am most familiar with: neuroscience of trauma/ attachment, play therapy, and mindfulness-based therapies but I am always open to learning and supporting how other practitioners do their work.
I try to work from a trauma-informed lens to support reflective practice. My model of supervision allows me to flexibly support counsellors based on their identified needs and skill development while ensuring ethical practice. Gender, sexual and cultural diversity issues are key considerations in the work of counselling so these stay at the fore of case discussions where relevant.
Supervision should offer clarity about clients. But equally important, it must support personal insights for the counsellor about what may be feeling challenging and why. I attempt to balance solid, well-established practices with common-sense clinical judgment and decision-making, to help counsellors be their best in their help of others.