My unique life experience exposed me to different cultures and ways of living, which included the Middle East, Europe, and North America. I believe that the individual’s mental health, life, and behaviors are better understood when the body, mind, and context are examined simultaneously. Our life events are based on the interactions of these three parts.
I work with individuals who are struggling with different issues including, depression, anxiety, trauma, and PTSD. I also work with individuals to increase their psychological resiliency, improve mental agility, and emotional awareness, as well as managing and preventing burnout.
Furthermore, I am experienced in working with men from different cultural and religious backgrounds who are examining their sexual orientation. As a counselor, I work with my clients to navigate through their experiences to create helpful meaning in their lives.
As a clinical counselor in psychology, I integrate different techniques in my counseling approach with a particular interest in using Narrative Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I have diverse clinical interests with a special focus on men's health, acquired brain injuries, trauma, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
I offer couples therapy where I help them address the issues that are hindering their relationship and create a common narrative that reflects their values and hopes.
Mental health struggles can be isolating, however, recovery requires a connection with someone who can understand you and meet you where you are in life. You have taken the first step in looking up a therapist. It would be my pleasure to get to know you.
I hold a Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences from Portland State University, Oregon; a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from American International College, Massachusetts; a Master in Rehabilitation Science, and a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology from UBC.
I have been a practicing clinician for 22 years in different clinical, academic, and leadership roles. As an occupational therapist, I worked in diverse clinical settings including acute care, intensive care units, and outpatient care units.
I have advanced training and expertise in neurological rehabilitation. I was a faculty lecturer at the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy at McGill University, Montreal. At the present time, I am a clinical instructor at the Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy faculty at UBC and Chair of the Neurology Practice Network at The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists-BC.
I await your invitation to start the journey of healing and wellness.
If you’re here, I believe you want something to change, and are looking for a safe and comfortable space to understand and work through your problems.
You might be feeling alone and misunderstood in your struggles. You might be upset or angry with yourself for being depressed or anxious, or for feeling like you lack worth, and don’t like what you see in the mirror. You may be feeling “ridiculous” for not being able to perform daily tasks. This can be especially so if you are struggling with issues around gender, sexuality, and homophobia, or if you are a person of colour.
The point of therapy is not to “fix yourself,” but to find ways to make things a little bit better. Every individual has unique strengths, which we will identify in therapy and incorporate into acceptance and problem-solving.
I believe that no single approach fits every individual. I use aspects of Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with a Trauma-Informed Approach, depending on your needs.
Even though they might seem “little” or “unreasonable,” all your issues and emotions are real and valid. It is natural to feel scared of addressing uncomfortable thoughts and feelings. It is my role to ensure your safety and comfort, with non-judgment. All you need to do is come as you are. The only step you need to take is the next one.