For over fifteen years I worked in the social service sector with children, adolescents, adults, and families struggling with family conflict, violence, trauma, and addiction. This work taught me about the capacity of the human spirit to strive for wholeness, resilience and wellness, and equally about the power of connection in healing.
I have a BA from McGill University, and a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology from The Adler School of Professional Psychology, accredited by the American Psychology Association (APA). I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (R.C.C.) with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors and am dedicated to ongoing training / professional development. I love learning and I have training in EMDR, Lifespan Integration Therapy, Body Focusing, and Emotionally Focused Therapy, to name a few. My "Philosophy" page will tell you more about the therapy approaches I can offer you.
After I obtained my Masters in Counselling Psychology in 2005, I was fortunate enough to work in several community agencies as a Family Therapist, an Addictions Therapist (both adolescent and adult), a Child Trauma Therapist, and an Employee and Family Assistance Program Clinician (EFAP). For the past 12 years I have had a private practice. My experience in these varied settings has enabled me to hone my skills in providing the most effective therapy within a specified period of time. While my experience includes group counselling facilitation and presenting on a variety of issues to groups, my passion lies in the therapy room, working with clients to help them resolve issues, get unstuck from repeated patterns, connect better with themselves and others, and in helping them reach their personal goals and potentials.
Though Vancouver has been home for 23 years, I grew up in Montreal, and have lived in Italy, New York and San Francisco. I speak Italian and French. I am comfortable with, and enjoy, working with people from a wide variety of backgrounds, lifestyles and cultures.
Some of the activities I enjoy in my leisure time are: reading, hiking, concerts, yoga, and kayaking. I can often be found walking along the ocean or in the forest with my favourite people, including my spouse of 27 years.
"Stephen and I often talk about how seeing you was the best thing we have ever done. We learnt so much about ourselves, each other and you gave us the tools to communicate properly when we don't agree with each other. Just an update that after 17 years we finally got married in Whistler last September 7th, heading back up there for our 1 year anniversary... We both thank you from the bottom of our hearts Donna."
Lori S. (July 2014)