Academia & Experience

Education & Qualifications

2012

Master of Social Work, University of the Fraser Valley, Honours

2010

Bachelor of Social Work, University of British Columbia

Since 2022

Certified Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapist

Since 2022

Registered Clinical Counsellor in British Columbia in good standing

Since 2010

Registered Social Worker in British Columbia in good standing

Clinical Work Experience

Private Practice

 

Aug 2019 - Present

Counsellor/Therapist in Private Practice, Lower Mainland & Virtual
 

May 2015 - June 2017

Counsellor/Therapist in Private Practice, New Westminster

Fraser Health
 

May 2021 - Aug 2021

Social Worker, Primary Care Network, New Westminster Home Health

Oct 2019 - May 2021

Social Worker, Sexual Health & Blood Borne Infections, New Westminster Public Health

Jun 2018 - Oct 2019

Individual and Group Therapist, New Westminster Mental Health

May 2017 - Jun 2018

Clinical Case Manager, New Westminster Mental Health

Nov 2015 - May 2016

Clinical Case Manager, White Rock Mental Health

Dec 2012 - Nov 2014

Mental Health Therapist, Surrey Mental Health

Jun 2012 - Dec 2012

Clinical Case Manager, Surrey Mental Health

2010 - 2012

Social Worker, Casual, Peace Arch Hospital, White Rock

 

2010 - 2012
Social Worker & Mental Health Liaison, Casual, Delta Hospital

Social Work Practica
 

2012

MSW Social Work Practicum Student, South Mental Health Team, Vancouver (VCH)

2009

BSW 4th Year Social Work Practicum Student, Delta Hospital

2005 - 2006

BSW 3rd Year Social Work Practicum Student, George Derby (long term care), Burnaby

Miscellaneous Experience

2009

Volunteer, Looking Glass Camp (for young women with eating disorders), Maple Ridge

2005 - 2012

Volunteer, BC Schizophrenia Society (BCSS), Burnaby/New Westminster

2007

‘Annual Family Conference’ Committee Member (mental health conference), Vancouver

2006

Riverview Redesign Committee Member (Cottonwood Lodge), Coquitlam

2005 - 2007

Mental Health Support Worker, Community Link Program, Vancouver

2004 - 2005

Mental Health Support Worker, Canadian Mental Health Association, New West

2001 - 2003

Psychometric Assistant, Gastown Vocational Services (mental health), Vancouver

2000 - 2001

Volunteer Speaker/Workshop Designer, Canadian Mental Health Association, New West

Summer 1997

Coordinator, SFU Nightline (helpline), Burnaby

Competencies

Application of the Mental Status Exam, suicide risk assessments, GAF, and biopsychosocial assessments.


Administration of MMSE and MoCA (cognitive impairment assessment scales).
 

Application of the Mental Health Act; collaboration with law enforcement and psychiatry.
 

Application of counselling methods, such as EMDR, CBT, DBT, mindfulness approaches, solution-focussed brief therapy, short-term supportive counselling, and trauma-informed practice.
 

Engagement with family members to provide emotional and practical support, make referrals, and engage family as part of assessment and treatment.
 

Case management with a substantial caseload of complex clients (Fraser Health).
 

Knowledgeable on/experienced in working with mental illnesses and personality disorders common to mental health services (etiology, symptoms, criteria for diagnosis, treatment, medication, etc.).
 

Experience working with substance use and concurrent disorders, and trauma/complex trauma.
 

Training and practice in applying the Adult Guardianship Act and Advance Care Planning.

Other Accomplishments

"Connecting the Dots" Clinical publication in Visions Mental Health Journal, 2017

https://www.heretohelp.bc.ca/visions/families-and-crisis-vol12/connecting-the-dots

MSW Major Paper, University of the Fraser Valley, 2012

https://arcabc.ca/islandora/object/ufv:329

Public Speaking & Workshop Design - RCMP & Police Officers, SFU, UBC, Justice Institute of BC, Douglas College Psychiatric Nursing, High Schools, Hospital Psychiatric ER, Community Mental Health Centres, & Riverview Redesign.  

Clinical Trainings & Readings
Training for Specific Therapeutic Approaches

Understanding Emergency Worker Trauma (Level 2), First Responder Health, 2022

Understanding Fire Fighter Culture & Trauma (Level 1), First Responder Health, 2022

Flash Technique Training, Ricky Greenwald, Trauma Institute & Child Trauma Institute, 2022

Ego States Therapy Training webinar, Robin Shapiro, 2022

 

2-Day Minding the Body: Somatic Interventions to Enhance EMDR Effectiveness live webinar, Dr. Janina Fisher, 2022

 

5-Day Somatic Work with Complex Trauma, Justice Institute of BC, 2021

 

Phase Four: When to Stay Out of the Way and When to Guide Reprocessing webinar, Dr. Andrew Leeds, 2021

 

Comprehensive Basic Training in EMDR Therapy, Jasmine Alexander, February to June 2020

 

Using EMDR with Fragmented Clients: A Protocol for Overcoming Self-Alienation, Dr. Janina Fisher, EMDRIA Conference, 2020

 

Ego-State Therapy Interventions to Prepare Dissociative Clients for EMDR, EMDRIA Conference, 2020

 

2-Day Looking Through the Eyes (on trauma and dissociation) webinar, Dr. Sandra Paulsen, 2020

 

Safe and Practical EMDR for Complex PTSD, EMDRIA Conference, 2020

 

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Level 2, DBT Centre of Vancouver, 2018-2019

 

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Level 1, DBT Centre of Vancouver, 2018

 

2-Day CBT for Personality Disorders, Dr. Christine Padesky, 2012

2- Day CBT for Psychosis - Fraser Health, 2012

 

Cognitive Processing Therapy, Medical University of Southern California online modules, 2012

Other Relevant Training

San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety online modules, Provincial Health Services Authority, 2020

Clinical Practice around Adult Guardianship Act, Fraser Health, 2010 & 2020

 

HIV/AIDS education, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, online modules in 2019

 

2-Day Sensory Integration training, Fraser Health, 2017

 

Mindfulness Series, Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, 2015

 

Trauma-Informed Practice, Fraser Health, 2014

 

Treatment of Complex Trauma, BC Psychological Association, 2014

 

5-Day Narrative Therapy Intensive Certificate, Vancouver School of Narrative Therapy, 2012

 

2-Day Unlocking Suicidal Secrets, Dr. Shawn Shea, 2012

 

Working with LGBTQ Clients, Vancouver Coastal Health, 2012

 

3-Day Clinical Practice: Death and Dying, Fraser Health, 2009

3-Day Clinical Practice: Child Maltreatment, Fraser Health, 2009

Readings for My Clinical Practice

A Guide to Standard EMDR Therapy Protocols for Clinicians, Supervisors, and Consultants, Andrew Leeds, 2016

A Therapist’s Guide to EMDR: Tools and techniques for successful treatment, Laurel Parnell, 2006 

Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, Marsha Linehan, 1993 

Coping with Trauma-Related Dissociation: Skills training for patients and therapists, Suzette Boon, Kathy Steele, & Onno Van Der Hart, 2011

 

DBT Skills Training Manual 2nd edition, Marsha Linehan, 2014

 

DBT Skills Training Handouts and Worksheets, Marsha Linehan, 2014

Easy Ego State Interventions: Strategies for working with parts, Robin Shapiro, 2016

 

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy 3rd edition: Basic principles, protocols, and procedures, Francine Shapiro, 2017

 

First Stage Trauma Treatment: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals Working with Women, Lori Haskell, 2003

Mindsight: The new science of personal transformation, Daniel Siegel, 2011