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Counselling is a tool to find direction and start moving again.
This means learning about yourself and developing skills and abilities to navigate through difficulties and overcome challenges. We each have our own map where we plot our course as we progress through life. Sometimes the going is smooth. Sometimes we come across obstacles and confusing junctions, get lost or go around in circles.
I take the time to understand what you want to head for.
Together, we will take concrete steps to improve your situation, now and for the future.
Born in Montreal, my need to see the horizon from a pebbled shore or a mountain ridge brought me to Squamish. This is home to me, as I run in the woods to the sound of my breath, share a smile with people on the streets and explore with friends on rocks and water. And sometimes just sitting with a cup of coffee and a friend is plenty.
I provide down to earth counselling, with an open mind and curious attitude. It is daunting to say “I am not ok” and these words need to be received with calm and acceptance.
Well documented approaches guide my work and I value tools and strategies that stands on solid scientific grounds. I look at life through a developmental lens, an approach that considers how we change during our lifespan and where the past informs the present. Principles of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy steer my practice so that the connections between thoughts, emotions and actions are brought to the forefront. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BCACC (#15433).
Education and Experience
What I do
Children and Youth Counselling
Trust and a collaborative spirit create a positive rapport. This is central when working with youth and their family. No matter what, I meet your child where he is at and follow his pace towards change. Sometimes parents want to voice their own experience and be supported in their efforts too. I make a point to include parents in this process of change while respecting confidentiality.
With more than 10 years of experience working with children and youth,
I can help to instigate the changes and improvement parents and child desire.
To facilitate access to counselling, I offer in house visits when working with
families living in Whistler or Pemberton.
A fee of 55¢/km applies.
Goals we can strive for :
Managing fears and worries
Expressing strong emotions (anger, sadness) productively
Improving relationship with siblings
Interacting with peers and having friendships
Developing confidence/positive self-image
Collaborating with parents
Handling changes (loss, separation)
Taking the first step to see a counsellor takes courage. Sometimes, it can be a friend, a partner or parent who notices this is a rough patch and suggests counselling to help solve a problem. No matter your speed, I am there to accompany you. During our time together, I will guide you to think, connect, practice and express, all depending on your needs and goals.
Objectives we can set our sights on :
Negotiate changes (loss, injury, separation)
Managing anxiety and stress
Letting go of unhealthy habits
Expressing anger in a productive way
Dealing with sadness and depression
Expanding your confidence
Workshops and talks
For children and Youth:
Real power resides in learning in group. It is fun, participants realise they are not alone with their challenges and they get to practice right away what they are learning. Useful skills also naturally develop : empathy, receiving/giving support, expressing opinions in public, accepting differences.
Workshops can adress a specific challenge just as they can be a way to explore a topic and prevent the occurance of difficulties further down the road. It could be beneficial for a whole class to improve their collaboration and problem-solving abilities, a group of teens could explore body image issues or teenagers could discuss peer pressure and learn ways to resist negative influences.
Having created countless group educationnal activities, I can provide experiential and dynamic group workshops for youth on social and emotional themes; communication, expressing emotions, conflict resolution, healthy friendships, etc.
«Is it normal?», «What should I do?» These questions are often at the center of discussions when a parent, a teacher or another adult in a child’s life worry and doesnt know that to do. Whether it be about how a child is expressing anger, the way a teenager has grown quiet or how a teen is watching her food intake, it can be hard to find accurate information that does not just reflect trends or opinions. In order to understand our children and teenagers better, learn different strategies to manage situations and help them grow to become healthy adults, facts and proven tools are needed.
I can offer talks to parents and other professionals to share my knowledge and experience on topics like discipline, emotional regulation, developing social litteracy, ADHD, etc.
Contact me directly to discuss your needs and see what I can create specifically for you.
Frequently asked questions
+What can be signs that me or someone I know should see a counsellor?
It is normal to want to fix problems on our own, but if after trying different strategies and the problem remain or gets worse, then it is often time to take a new approach. Speaking to an objective professionnal, in confidentiality, can bring clarity and relief to a challenging time. Here are some specific signs to be aware of : a worsening of the situation, not feeling like yourself, trouble sleeping, experiencing strong emotions or feeling ‘numb’, loosing motivation/interest, the problem takes all the attention or it impacts work/school/people around you, avoiding specific situations, thinking of ending your life, using alcohol or drugs to cope.
+ What does a first session looks like?
We will take time to discuss the reasons that led you to see me and how you would like your situation to be different or better. I will likely ask some general questions to start getting a portrait of yourself. This is also the time for you to ask me questions on how I work, to see if we are a good fit. There will be an intake form to fill out and we will discuss confidentiality. I might suggest a few actions for you to take until our next meeting.
+Is counselling covered by insurance providers?
MSP does not cover Registered Clinical Counsellors at this time. Should you have another insurance provider, contact them directly to see if counselling services are covered. If this is the case, you will be able to make a claim to them in order to be reimbursed the cost of the visit, depending on the deductible for this service.
+ How many sessions can I expect?
Typically, we will have between 6 to 8 weekly meetings. After this and depending on your needs, we might continue to meet regularly or decide to space out the sessions to touch base together once in a while. This is something we will discuss together and agree upon.
+My child is coming to see you. Does it mean that I will be doing counselling too?
When working with a child, I will include parents in the process in some way, depending on the situation. At least, we will take some time each session to discuss how the situation is evolving from the perspective of the parents. Also, strategies that are discussed with your child will often be shared with you. This is crucial as parents know their child best and are a central pillar of support for them. Including parents might also mean that we have sessions with the whole family or only with parents. We will talk about this and make decisions that agree with yourself and your child.
Ressources will be added soon!
Free 15 minutes first phone conversation
Let’s discuss when is the best time to meet.
125$ for a 60 minutes session