- Registered Clinical Counsellor (# 15665) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors
- Registered Mental Health Counselor (Limited Permit # PO7998) in the State of New York
- Dual Masters in Mental Health & Psychological Counselling from Columbia University
- Specialized training in multicultural competence, sexual health and traumatic stress
- Research publications and presentations focused on various aspects of sexual health, traumatic stress, and human rights abuses
- Member of the American Psychological Association, the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and the Society for Sex Therapy and Research
As both a therapist and researcher, I aim to respectfully address the dynamic and lived experiences of those who may be struggling with a history of trauma, sexual distress or intimacy-related concerns.
I often work with individuals who present well on the surface, seem completely put together when they want to be, and whose problems are not always apparent to others. While things might appear to be going well on the outside, privately they are hurting. Sometimes the source of distress is clearly known, other times it has yet to be discovered. Either way, something needs to be addressed in order to push forward and thrive (both in and outside of the bedroom). With over nine years of counseling experience in a broad range of capacities, I have developed a deep appreciation for the often complex pathways that lead one to experience psychological and sexual-health related concerns.
My approach to therapy is client-centered, non-pathologizing and always collaborative. Drawing from scientifically-supported treatment strategies, the theoretical orientations that I use to guide my work include cognitive behavioral therapy and psychodynamic therapy. I bring my real self into the room in a warm, honest, supportive and direct way. I wholeheartedly believe that therapy should be empowering and promote lasting changes not only in symptom relief but also in self-discovery, resilience, and personal growth.
Prior to enrolling in graduate studies, I spent six years working in sexual health research alongside leading clinicians and researchers in the multidisciplinary field of sexual health. At the BC Centre for Sexual Medicine my work focused on exploring childhood stress, mood and stress hormones (cortisol and DHEA) in women with and without concerns related to low sexual desire. At the Multidisciplinary Vulvodynia Program I assisted allied health professionals in research related to lifelong and acquired genital pain conditions. Through the UBC Sexual Health Laboratory, I had the opportunity to collaboratively publish and present original research on a number of topics related to sexuality and sexual health concerns.
- currently completing PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of British Columbia
- trained in the treatment of sexual difficulties through the BC Centre for Sexual Medicine and at the UBC Sexual Health Laboratory
- trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for depression and anxiety
- research areas: sexual pain, sexual desire, alternative sexual interests and behaviours (BDSM), mindfulness, body image, eating disorders
- academic publications on various aspects of sexual function
- guest lecturer for UBC undergraduate courses (Psychology of Human Sexuality and Behavioural Disorders)
My goal as a therapist is to improve the quality of life of the people I work with. I predominantly aid individuals and couples with sexual or relationship difficulties, and individuals who struggle with various anxiety problems or depressed mood. I am open-minded and compassionate, and provide a safe space for clients to express themselves. I believe in evidence-based practice, in that I use treatment strategies that have shown to be effective by research. In terms of clinical orientation, my therapeutic style is integrative, combining elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness Based Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Psychodynamic therapy. I personalize my practice, pulling from these various treatment modalities to create a treatment plan tailored for each client’s interests and needs.
Currently, I am in the midst of completing my PhD in clinical psychology at the University of British Columbia. My primary areas of research focus on sexual function, disordered eating, body esteem, attachment style, and BDSM. After years of involvement with human sexuality research, I entered the UBC clinical psychology program with the intent of becoming a clinical researcher. Once I began seeing clients in the course of my training, it became clear to me that I gain the most meaning from work through conducting therapy.
I have received specialized training in treating sexual concerns at the BC Center for Sexual Medicine, and through clinical work at the UBC Sexual Health Laboratory. I have also taken an advanced treatment course in couples therapy. My training in treating various forms of anxiety and depression has come from UBC practicum placements with an emphasis on affective disorders.
- in the last stages of my PhD in Clinical Psychology from University of British Columbia
- Masters degree (MA) in Clinical Psychology from University of British Columbia
- experience and training with a range of treatment approaches, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic therapy
- research and academic publications focused on various aspects of sex and sexuality
- clinical psychology training at a broad range of settings, including Burnaby Hospital Outpatient Mental Health, Surrey Memorial Hospital Inpatient Psychiatry, St. Paul’s Hospital Chronic Pain Program, and UBC Psychology Clinic
- member of the Canadian Psychological Association, the Canadian Sex Research Forum, and the International Academy of Sex Research
I am in the latter stages of my PhD in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of British Columbia. I am both a therapist and researcher, and in both roles I bring a passion for helping others overcome their difficulties and find personal growth. I use a range of scientifically-supported therapy treatment approaches. These include cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to help clients find relief from symptoms and distress, and psychodynamic treatments to help clients gain more self-understanding and achieve long-term goals.
My research has a focus on various aspects of sexuality and sexual problems. I have a particular interest in how culture, family environment, and society intersect with someone’s individual experience to shape their sexuality and any sexual difficulties they might have. I am excited to be using my therapy skills to deliver services specifically for sexual problems and disorders.
My training has taken me to many mental health centres around the Lower Mainland, including Burnaby Hospital Outpatient Mental Health, Surrey Memorial Hospital Inpatient Psychiatry, St. Paul’s Hospital Chronic Pain Program, and UBC Psychology Clinic. I have worked with patients struggling with severe mental illness, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, and cognitive impairment. I also have extensive experience working with high-functioning individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, adjustment difficulties, interpersonal problems, and perfectionism.
I am a member of the Canadian Psychological Association, the Canadian Sex Research Forum, and the International Academy of Sex Research.