I get fired up when I see counsellors on TV depicted as the “expert giving advice”. You know what I’m talking about – the client laying on the couch asking, “what should I do?” It angers me because that is soooo not what counselling is about – NOT in my world! When people see me for the first time I let them know – “I’m working myself out of a job”. Period. Unlike the years of Freud and talk therapy – research and evidence-based knowledge says that telling your story over and over again does not have long lasting change. As well, if counsellors continually give out advice people become dependent and people must come back over and over, sometimes a lifetime! So, if telling our story isn’t enough and getting advice isn’t – what works?
Ah, now I get to share the real goods… as Virginia Satir would say – long lasting permanent change or healing comes from being able to connect one to their own goals, feelings, beliefs, internal strengths and yearnings – ultimately so one can be their SELF. Sounds simple right? Yes and No. However totally worth it! How do I know? Because I’m my biggest guinea pig. All the training I’ve done has been tried on me personally to work on my own healing goals and my eclectic approach today is based on what works.
I know I’ve done my job well when I’ve worked myself out of a job!
So ready to give it a try?
Often people come in to see me for 1-1 counselling to work on their own goals and then realize it would be helpful to have their partner come with them and their children too. It just makes good sense! When couples and families have a safe space to honour what’s inside it gives opportunity for deep meaningful connection and long lasting change.
Potential Counselling Topics
- Healing from trauma
- Grief and Loss
- Indian Residential School Impact
- Life Transitions
- Crisis Response
- Addictions Counselling
- Sexual trauma
- Self Esteem
- Personal Growth
Skills I use to collaborate within the healilng process:
After spending 7 years in post-secondary school, I got to appreciate the instructors who cared, inspired others and made learning fun. This experience influences my training and facilitation style to this day! I love the challenge of creating programs that are fun, hands on, and deeply connect.
- Family Violence
- Grief and Loss
- Healing in Relationships
- Suicide Prevention
- Coast Salish Weaving
- Sexual Trauma Healing
- Honouring Anger
The above healing programs are a select few. Training programming can be a collaborative process to customize training based on your community needs.
Cedar Wellness services are unique and culturally relevant to the Coast Salish history, people and traditions. I am from the Cowichan Tribes Coast Salish territory and have worked within the First Nations communities for over 20 years. This experience and background has humbled myself with the importance of trust, confidentiality, patience and the understanding that healing takes into account the whole person, family and community.
Some examples of health consulting contracts I have completed include:
- First Nations Health Committee – First Nations Health Handbook
- First Nations Education Society – Childcare Funding Evaluation
- Kwumut Lelum Child and Family Services – Resource Policy Manual
- Victoria Urban Development Agreement – Community Needs Assessment
I utilize the Satir model of clinical supervision which encourages, inspires and collaborates with counsellors and clinicians in their practice. This process honours the wisdom and expertise of the counsellor. Accreditation Canada requires a master’s level clinician to offer clinical supervision and I am a Registered Master of Social Work counsellor.
I can connect with you for clinical supervision via
- In person if you are within the Duncan area
I attend training from the Justice Institute of BC for certification in Conflict Resolution: Specialization in Mediation/Third-Party Intervention. This training complements my skills and experience within the mental health counselling field. Completion of the mediation certificate will be August 31st 2018.