I am a First Nations Woman from the Secwepemc and Carrier Nation. In my formative years I attended the residential school St. Joseph’s Mission located near Williams Lake. This experience changed my life both in positive and negative ways.
I have a Bachelor of Social Work and Masters in Education both degrees are from the University of Victoria.
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Words that I would use to describe my life mission
Promote positive personal development
Counselling – EMDR and BC Clinical Counselor
I want to use my education and firsthand experience to provide counseling and therapy for First Nations People who may have been adversely affected by Residential Schools.
I am a registered British Columbia Clinical Counsellor #2969 specializing in Residential School Survivors trauma and First Nations issues. I am a basic level one trained Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR promotes healing from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and is clinically proven to assist trauma survivors. I have a private practice that is accepting clients at this time.
I have a Masters Degree in Education specializing in Counselling from the University of Victoria. I attended the St. Joseph’s Mission in Williams Lake in my formative years and through that experience I became deeply interested in how trauma affects individuals, families and communities. I am committed to working with individuals from a strength based practice and to help them to achieve peace and healing that we all deserve. I have also written and recorded First Nations Meditations and incorporating these into treatment plans.
Contact me for rates or if you are covered under FNHA.
Residential School Survivors or Intergenerational Survivors are covered by First Nations Health Authority.
Please provide 24 Hours notice if you are cancelling a therapy session.
Please contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am not an expert on meditation but what I can say is that developing a meditation practice has improved my healing and well-being.
Meditation has taught me how to better cope with stress. Coping with stress through simple breathing techniques and mindful living has meant that the quality of my life has improved dramatically.
I am a First Nations woman and I live in a rural area. There are very few resources that I am able to access without traveling to an urban area. This is costly and time consuming and not always feasible. I needed to develop a health and well-being practice that was accessible and affordable.
As I said earlier, I attended a residential school in my formative years and during this time I found one of the ways I could escape was through reading. I read books about animals and pretty much anything I could get my hands on and this became a way to enter into a different world than the sad and often scary world I found myself in.
I found now that writing down ideas and stories gives me a feeling of peace and happiness. I have taken to carrying a little notebook with me so that I can jot down poems, thoughts and stories that may be taking shape in my imagination.
I have never publicly shared these stories and have decided that it is time to take the leap of faith and share some of these stories and poems. I hope they make you as happy as they have made me.