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Trying Times Call for Gentle Support

"Love is from the infinite, and will remain until eternity"

- Rumi

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If you are grieving the loss of someone or something special in your life, you probably know that grief is an unbelievably painful, disruptive, and a confusing process.

My Approach

sensitive – compassionate – open-minded –

understanding of your background, ethnicity and belief system.

I provide a safe and supportive space for you to explore and express your bereavement in ways that make sense to you, and at your own pace. Together we will find your best ways to cope and most importantly, find your strengths so you can adjust to your new life while rebuilding and discovering new possibilities

Psychologist Session

Techniques and methods I practise

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  • Narrative therapy

  • Emotional Freedom Technique

  • Mindfulness

  • Neuro-linguistic program

  • Walk and Talk Sessions

  • Complementary Healing Therapies: Therapeutic Touch and Reiki 

Something About Me

I believe that my experience with the end-of life and grief has made me a more understanding, compassionate and sensitive counsellor. I have had the privilege to help others while they prepare for the-end-of life of a love one; and have provided emotional and practical support in the days or hours leading up to the final moment.  In the past few years I have offered my skills to dozens of members of Wellspring:  an organization that provides supportive care for Canadians with all cancers, at all stages.  

​I understand how culture, spiritual beliefs and identity influence the way we grieve.  I was born in South America and was educated in Canada. During my adult years I've had the privilege to live in various cultures where I had the honour to participate in end-of-life rituals and ceremonies to honour their death. Through these experiences, I have learnt that grief is universal, complex; and that is not necessarily experienced in sequential stages as we are led to believe.  I’ve also learnt, that social attitudes and expectations often dictate how we “should grieve”; so instead of following our own process, we end up hiding and pretending.

My formal academic training is diverse and 'well-rounded'. I studied Mourning, Grief and Bereavement at Wilfrid Laurier University and have a BA degree in Sociology and Psychology from Simon Fraser University. I completed my studies in Counselling at Vancouver Community College, and also received a a Masters Degree in Adult Training and Development from Schulich School of Business. I am certified in Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner with NLP Canada Training and also a Therapeutic Touch practitioners and a Reiki Master.

I have been a counsellor, an entrepreneur, a coach and a traveller. I  am a life learner; I speak Spanish, enjoy almost all types of music, love nature and all animals and have a special affinity with dogs; for this reason and when appropriate, I welcome my client's four-legged companions to our Walk and Talk sessions.

Scope of practice

  • Anticipatory Grief

        - Terminal illness diagnosis

        - Loss of health and physical independence

  • Loss of a Family Member 

         - Secondary loss

       

  • Death of a Friend

    

  • Pet Loss