Who I Am

“The counsellor relieves you of the burden of going it alone”

Counselling Experience

I have been a psychotherapist since the early eighties.

Green Water
My early counselling work was in crisis counselling for women recovering from sexual violence and as a therapist at a centre for complementary medicine in Victoria, BC.

In the early 1980’s, I began my private practice in Victoria, BC.  I had a full-time practice in Victoria until 1999.

In the late nineties I developed a chronic illness and for a few years needed to stop working. I took a period of time to be more inward. This was a time of further healing and growth. I moved to Salt Spring Island, BC and in 2013 resumed working as a psychotherapist.

Training and Qualifications

I graduated from London University, UK with a BA, followed by an MA in Counselling Psychology (1983) from the University of Victoria .
Further to academic training, I pursued a 9 year training program in a body, mind and emotions therapeutic approach called Bioenergetic Analysis, 
a forerunner of the many somatic therapies developed in the last few decades. I am a long-time student and practitioner of mindfulness meditation.

To be an effective counsellor requires me to know myself and to have worked with my own issues, so that I can attend fully to my clients. I am always committed to this practice and have undertaken many years of my own therapy. I understand what it feels like to receive therapy.

Psychology has, in recent decades, grown exponentially through the synthesis of mindfulness teachings with somatic therapies, understanding of brain functioning and the effects of trauma. My commitment to study and training is an ongoing part of my work and life.

I am a registered member of the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC #285).