MCP, Registered Clinical Counsellor

As a gay man who has overcome alcohol addiction, I know first-hand what it is like to be stigmatized. I take the stance that clients are the experts on their own experience and that my role is to be an understanding collaborator. In my time counselling students for the Vancouver Film School, I had the opportunity to help individuals from all over the world. I have primarily treated clients for addictive disorders, anxiety, depression, and complex developmental trauma. Using trauma-informed anti-oppressive care, I assist clients to find greater strength and confidence by taking a multi-storied view of their concerns.

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Words to live by

“Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and joy and belonging” – Brené Brown

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A little bit more about me

Education?

  • Bachelors of Arts, Major in Psychology at the University of British Columbia
  • Masters of Counselling Psychology at Adler University.

Top three Specializations:

  • Relationship with self and others
  • Grief and loss
  • Adjustment to life transitions

Top Three Modalities of Therapy:

  • Narrative Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Client-Centered Therapy

Professional Clinical Counselling Certification

Certified with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors: Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC)#:

What do people say your biggest strength is?

People often tell me I am kind. In this world where there can be so much darkness, I think it’s a strength to be able to shine the light of compassion on others.

Something you’re proud of (challenge you’ve overcome, etc.)?

Having overcome addiction and living my life as a sober person for over a decade has been my most cherished achievement.

What led you to counseling?

After working in both non-profit and corporate environments, I decided I wanted to pursue work that was deeply meaningful to me, helping others one on one, allowing me to be of greater service to my community.

What/who inspires you?

I’m inspired when people have the courage to make mistakes.

Favorite things to do?

I love being active outside! I enjoy running, hiking, and swimming.

What would you tell a client who is meeting you for the first time?

My approach to counseling is that the client is the expert on their own lives. I have knowledge about the counseling process, but the client possesses wisdom on their experience. Together we explore those experiences to find how it shapes their perspective and discover how they prefer to describe their stories.

One thing you’ve learned from working with people?

Genuine connection can be remarkably therapeutic.

Favorite book and why?

My favorite book currently is The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk, because it provides a thorough and accessible explanation for how trauma affects people and offers ways to heal.