I’m Julie, a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#3101) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and a certified life coach, offering individual counselling to youth and adults wanting to cope more effectively with the natural yet often painful ups and downs of life.
I believe that even the most confident and capable of us can sometimes get stuck in unhelpful patterns of thinking, feeling and acting that unwittingly take us away from what is most important. Counselling can help by learning new ways of coping and being with these painful thoughts and emotions while intentionally taking steps towards a rich and fulfilling life.
I have over 18 years of counselling experience, most spent working in community mental health, education and private practice settings. I have a particular interest and expertise working with a variety of struggles, including fear and anxiety, mood and depression, stress and overwhelm, trauma, interpersonal relationships, including parent-teen dynamics, self-injury, gender identity and sexuality, life transitions and parenthood.
In 2002 I graduated from the University of Victoria with a Master’s in Counselling Psychology (M.Ed.), and completed my undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology. In 2014 I completed my certification as a Courageous Living Coach. Throughout my career, I have attended many post-graduate training programs and workshops, feeling it important and exciting to continue to learn and grow. Currently, my career is divided between working in private practice on a part-time basis as well as working as a clinician in community mental health.
I take an integrative approach to counselling, often pulling from Acceptance and Committment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), mindfulness practices, Brief Solution-Focused therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, positive psychology as well as from my unique training in coaching.
I bring a compassionate, strengths-based, conversational and light-hearted style to my work, with the hope of making each person feel safe and comfortable, deeply understood and yet stretched to take actions that are in line with their values and goals. Most importantly, I believe in showing up in my role as a full human being and not as an ‘expert’.
When not working, you can usually find me outdoors and being active with my two children and partner, or savoring a delicious cup of coffee and a book.
Contact me now if you’d like to know more about me or to see if working together feels like a good fit.