History of Practice

I’ve had a rich and diverse practice history over the past 35 years. Work as a therapist, group facilitator and trainer has taught me a lot about resilience and how people find their ways through challenging life experiences.

Oftentimes nervous system dysregulation arises from medical procedures, accidents, assaults, institutional, interpersonal and systemic violence, abuse and neglect. I believe that overwhelming experiences can be processed in a gentle way where the focus is on the body's emotional and sensory data, rather than on the details of the actual event. This work helps with the settling of nervous system so that the body's ability to self-regulate is restored - much like resetting a thermostat. The work focuses on bringing you to a state of relaxed alertness.

Since the late 1990's I have been passionately involved in the study of somatic psychotherapies. I am a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and a Certified Somatic Transformation Practitioner. My work draws on the wisdom of the body/mind to help resolve trauma and bring people to a greater sense of groundedness and stability. I believe that ancestral histories that remain unintegrated are held in subsequent generations. As well, I work in the realm of the transpersonal.

CREDENTIALS

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training (Oceanside yoga studio) (Oct and Nov 2018)
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (since 2003)
Certified Somatic Transformation Practitioner (since 2006)
Reiki Master (certification 2011)
Shinpiden Reiki Level III Usui Reiki Ryoho (2012, 2013, 2016, 2019)
Student of Thomas Hubl (contemporary spiritual teacher):
A course in Mystical Principles
(2014, 2016) and Mystical Principles of Healing (2015)
Mystical Principles is an in-depth study of mysticism that involves both personal and collective healing work
Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology (1996)
Somatic Resilience and Regulation: Early Trauma with Kathy Kain and Stephen Terrell 72 hours of training with Kathy Kain and Stephen Terrell (2016-2017)
200 hour fundamentals; Octopus Garden Teacher Training and Yoga Education program (Sept 2018)

BACKGROUND

My practice experience expands over 35 years with work in a variety of practice areas including addictions, family and group therapy and cancer care. In addition to my private practice, I teach at the School of Social Work at UVic. I also train and mentor a diverse range of community practitioners in trauma-informed practice.

I am a member in good standing with the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC), the BCCSW (BC College of Social Workers) and the Canadian Association of Social Work Educators (CASWE).