What experience or background do you bring to your counselling and supervision practice that is uniquely yours?
I come from a very small town and while I’ve lived in Vancouver for over a decade, and my family would describe me as a ‘city girl’ now, my roots are still in a small community. I grew up with the norm that when you encounter someone, you engage with them in a way where you really see them - look into their eyes and acknowledge their presence whether they are an old friend or a total stranger. This type of presence is something I take into my work as a counsellor.
What is your favourite thing about working closely with people every day?
I love exploring the unique and creative ways that people learn to adapt to the challenges that come their way. Seeing their resilience and having the opportunity to witness and guide real transformative change is a humbling and inspiring experience.
What is a personal challenge that you have overcome in your own life?
I enjoy teaching a variety of topics to healthcare workers and other caring professionals, but public speaking has always been a challenge for me. I used to suffer through a racing heart, intense nausea, shaky voice, and sweaty palms as anxiety overwhelmed me for the days leading up to teaching a class or workshop. Seeing me struggle, a mentor of mine told me, “connect with the worthiness of what you’re doing.” It took a long time for me to really understand what he meant by that, but now I can stand in front of a room of people and feel those same anxious feelings, but not be overwhelmed by them. I’ve learned to allow the anxiety to be there in that moment, and accept my temporary suffering as a part of doing this very satisfying and worthy work. I get to teach people, and help people, and they take that learning into their work with their own patients and clients!
What have you learned from your work?
People are damn tough and resilient.