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Community-Centred

Community centred practice -(grass roots + response based),  acknowledges the influence of context (social, cultural & political/bio psycho social) on individual & collective problems & experiences.

Over several years a network has developed of people with similar values, challenges and aspirations.

This is a community of progressive, socially engaged, highly creative beings; of diverse genders, cultures, neural expression, sexualities, relationship configurations, capacities and kinks. 

 

I'm proud to serve and participate in the communities that shape, nourish and challenge me.

We rely on each other for support, celebration and accountability. We exchange ideas, We disrupt the performance of therapy with our humaneness. We strive to create communities of care.

Your life experience is an incredible resource. There are things you know about living that work. That evoke possibilities for a future that doesn't lead people to believe that every human response to societal pressure is a disorder that requires fixing.

Independent  Practice

                  For people

with problems.

All problems welcome.

Affordable support 

for individuals & their relationships.

My work is informed by the needs and feedback of the people I work with. 

If you’re open to co-creating a  therapeutic relationship that is reciprocal and transparent, that recognises your expertise and respects your preferences for  a life you can live with, let's connect.

My approach fits under the general umbrella of contemporary, post-psychology, relational, feminist collaborative practice.

These approaches challenge the limitations of medical models in responding to human distress, hardship and suffering. 

 

I'm trained in Narrative Therapy, Transpersonal Art Therapy, Clinical Supervision & Substance Assisted Therapies.

 

Projects

Where art and life and therapy converge. 

Be it in the making or the experiencing of art, both acts hold the promise of change.

Entertain the possibility of seeing things differently. Of shifting your perspective and deepening your experience of the world through visual and symbolic languages you may not have engaged with before.

We are creatures of the senses.

 

Art is the impetus for different kinds of conversations where words are welcome to fail. 

 

I engage in personal and collaborative projects  which explore possibilities for heightening positive therapeutic outcomes in creative acts, supporting relational consciousness, building community and valuing expression.

I respectfully acknowledge I am living and working on the unceded and traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) and kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) Nations.

My practice is situated in a place where cycles of displacement have and continue to occur. I acknowledge the removal of Japanese and Black communities from this area and the current consequences of gentrification for artists, low income folks and substance users.

The Fine Print

Cost

I support low barrier counselling 

by  offering sliding scale & other services. Especially for folks who find themselves in the space between benefits & insurance cover.

Ethics

I'm a member of the Australian Counselling Association, level 3  #11158 The Australian College of supervisors COS#11158,

and The Canadian Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists 

RTC  #2379

I subscribe to the following code of ethics & hold appropriate  professional indemnity insurance for my practice.

Accountability

Accountability is important to me. I interrogate my ethics regularly and consider the influence of power and privilege in my relationships through ongoing supervision with peers I hold respect and admiration for, including

Vikki Reynolds PhD  &

Charlotte Jackson

In the loop

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