REGISTERED CLINICAL COUNSELLOR
I believe that growth, change and transitions are a natural part of life that we all experience. As your therapist it is my role to support and guide you through those life experiences. In our time together I will help provide you with insight and new perspectives so that you can build the life you want to live.
You may find that certain behaviours are causing problems in your life. Perhaps you keep getting stuck in the same cycle and want to understand why this pattern keeps happening so that you can feel more free and in control in you life. The coping strategies that you might have learned when you were young might not be working anymore. Together we can explore these patterns to develop a deeper understanding of yourself and practice new tools and strategies for coping with your experiences now.
My therapeutic style is grounded in attachment theory, which means that I understand the power of connection and relationships in therapy and throughout life. My clients come to me with different goals in therapy: personal identity exploration, relational and couples counselling, mental health, addictions and trauma healing. I use a combination of my therapeutic trainings to meet your personal needs: EMDR, IFS parts work, Psychodrama, Gestalt, Somatic, Mindfulness and Solution Focused Therapy. Furthermore, my personal and professional values are to live and connect with empathy and a multicultural, anti-oppressive lens. My collaborative approach aims to empower you to identify your personal strengths which can lead to adaptive changes in your life. I aim to provide evidence-based work and neurobiology in a collaborative and enjoyable way!
My work experience includes providing counselling services at a mental health and addictions centre and working at a non-profit that specializes in intimate partner violence. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association for Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) and have a Masters of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology.
Areas of Focus
Anxiety & Depression
Relationships/Intimate Partner Violence
*Paula is LGBTQ+ Allied
- EMDR Training with Esta Porter
- San’yas Anti-Racism Indigenous Cultural Safety Training.
- Therapeutic Spiral Model (Psychodrama Certification currently at Level 2), 2023.
- Men’s intensive workshop with Terry Real.
- Trauma Treatment Certification with Arielle Schwartz
- American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group
- Psychotherapy - Certified practitioner in training with Jeff Thompson
- Terry Real Couple's Intensive Training
Paula enjoys spending time outside hiking or mountain biking with friends and her dog
Jesse. Yoga and meditation are also her pillars for feeling grounded in daily life.