Experienced Counselling and Caregiver Consulting Services From a Neurodivergent Affirming Framework.
Offering strengths-based and trauma informed care.
We use resources that develop an understanding of sensory needs, interoception, emotional regulation, self-advocacy, and executive functioning strategies. I provide an integrated model of therapy including adapted CBT, DBT, Narrative Therapy, Emotion-Focused Family Therapy, movement therapy, and photo-elicitation therapy, depending on the age and goals of the individual.
I integrate many modalities into my counselling including occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, sand therapy and play therapy, focusing on strengths based learning, and individuals as the professionals of their lives and experiences.
Our world is designed to meet the needs and experiences of "neurotypical" (NT) people. Neurotypical people learn, socialize, and navigate internal and external experiences in a particular way, often viewed by society as the "normal" way.
Many people intuitively know that the parenting advice, counselling and mental health practices, meditation, sleep strategies, learning processes etc. don't fit with their experiences, this is often due to neurodivergence. Those who do not experience the world in a neurotypical way are called “neurodivergent” (ND).
Neurodiversity is a term used to describe the fact that it is natural to have variations in the human brain. It reminds us that differences in the way people think, process, learn and behave is natural and should be universally accommodated in schools, workplaces, medical support, and day to day. Differences do not mean deficits.
To be neurodiversity or neurodivergent affirming is to advocate for and provide inclusive services, accommodations, communication and assistive technologies that allow people to live their lives as they are.
Neurodivergent affirming services focus on understanding and accepting self, and creating systems which work for each individual person. This removes shame and leads to better long term mental health outcomes.
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I acknowledge that the colonized land on which I practice is the traditional and unceded territory of the q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie) and qw'ʔntl'en (Kwantlen) Peoples. I recognize that land acknowledgements are only a small part of the ongoing work needed in order to seek actual truth and reconciliation.