My journey in leadership began after completing my undergraduate degree, where I led teams of volunteers and staff in serving vulnerable populations. This experience propelled me into social service leadership roles, including casework supervision, and eventually, I became the Executive Director of a mid-sized children’s mentoring agency.
Currently, 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 several years ago. More recently, I obtained a play therapy supervisor designation through the BCPTA and an Approved Clinical Supervisor designation with BCACC. Recognizing the importance of continuous growth, I also seek my own clinical supervision to enhance my role as a consultant for fellow counsellors.
Throughout my career, I have maintained a strong interest in risk management and ethical practice. As a long-term member of the BCACC Ethics and Standards Committee and former Chair of the Complaints Committee for another national counseling body, I have actively contributed to promoting ethical standards. Early in my career, I served as a professional trainer with Volunteer Canada, specializing in risk management for volunteer programs. I collaborated with nonprofit organizations in developing risk management practices and played a role in establishing Best Practices through BC Continuing Care to address elder abuse.
For two years, I held a clinical consultation position with a local Island agency’s Youth Counseling Services Team. I provide ongoing clinical supervision to couple and family therapists, Child, and youth therapists, play therapists, and general adult practitioners.
I find great fulfillment in supporting counsellors through supervision and consultation, whether they are at the beginning of their career or seasoned professionals. Group supervision, in particular, has proven beneficial to me, and I am excited to facilitate similar opportunities for others. As helping professionals, we must have a support network to lean on to maintain ethical practices and prevent burnout.
There is no single “best” therapy method, as research shows there are numerous effective approaches to supporting clients therapeutically. What matters most is having a clinical orientation that resonates with you, enabling effective communication of your helping and change philosophy to clients. While I have my preferred therapies that I am well-versed in, such as neuroscience of trauma/attachment, play therapy, and mindfulness-based therapies, I am always open to learning and supporting others in their practice.
Supervision should bring clarity regarding clients, but equally important, it should provide personal insights for the counsellor regarding their own challenges. I strive to strike a balance between established practices and clinical judgment, empowering counsellors to be their best in their roles.
Allius Services offers training opportunities for graduate-level counseling internships, including options for clinicians pursuing a play therapist designation (BCRPT). It is important to note that Allius Services specializes in areas that can be challenging, even for seasoned therapists. Space for internships is limited, and only candidates with relevant work experience will be considered for placement. Previous frontline work with complex families, children, and youth and an understanding of systemic and trauma-informed approaches are recommended.
Each intern will receive at least 1.5 hours of supervision per week and will be supported in attending relevant professional development workshops. Interns are expected to commit to 24 hours per week and schedule a minimum of 10-12 client sessions weekly. Typically, evening or weekend work is required to meet these goals.
If you are interested in applying, please provide recent transcripts, proof of completed degrees, registration/designation documentation, as well as your resume and cover letter to the Clinical Director.
Allius Services serves clients across Nanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Ladysmith, Chemainus, Port Alberni, and the surrounding areas.