Unit 420-256 Wallace Street
Nanaimo, BC V9R 5B3
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 and my Approved Clinical Supervisor designation with BCACC. I seek out my own 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 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.
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 the opportunity to offer 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 excited to facilitate these opportunities for others. To be our best, practice ethically while avoiding burn out as helping professionals, we must feel we have others who we can reach out to for our own practice support.
There is no "best" or one right therapy method out there. Instead the research shows there are many effective ways to support clients therapeutically. A critical requirement for experiencing success in counselling is to have a clinical orientation that resonates with you, to ensure the helping and change philosophy can be easily communicated to clients. If the counsellor believes that an intervention can be helpful then this vision of change can be more effectively adopted by the client. I do have my own preferred therapies I am most familiar with: neuroscience of trauma/ attachment, play therapy, and mindfulness-based therapies etc. but I am always open to learning and supporting how others do their practice work.
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 roles
Counselling Internships with Allius
Allius Services Inc. does offer training opportunities for graduate level counselling internships as well as options for clinicians who are pursuing a play therapist designation (BCRPT). Applicants should be aware that Allius Services specializes in an areas that can be challenging even for seasoned therapists. Space for Internships is limited and only candidates with related work experience will be considered for placement. Previous front line work with complex families, children, and youth, and working from a systemic and trauma-informed lens is recommended.
Each Intern will receive at least 1.5 hours of supervision each week. Interns will be supported to attend relevant professional development workshops. Interns are asked to commit to 18-21 hours per week and to schedule at least 10 client sessions weekly. Typically to meet this goal, evening or weekend work is required.
If you are interested in applying, please send recent transcripts, completed degrees, proof of registration/ designation, resume and cover letter.