LB Counselling | Trauma Focused Therapy in the Lower Mainland

About Me

I am honoured to work and live on the unceded lands of the Coast Salish People as an uninvited guest on this land.

I have a Master’s of Social Work from the University of British Columbia and a Master’s of Public Health from the University of Saskatchewan. 

My parents immigrated from Colombia when I was sixteen years old. It was difficult to immigrate to a new country as a teenager, when you are strongly seeking connection and stability. This was by far one of the most challenging situations that I have had to navigate. In my 20’s and 30’s, life has thrown different curve balls and challenges my way. Connecting with the right people (including the right counsellor), taking charge of my own story and narrative, and carving my place in the world have allowed me to work on my own healing. I am the counsellor that I am today not only due to my license and educational experience but also thanks to my own personal experiences, which have guided me on this beautiful journey.

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Years of Experience
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My Experience

I have been working in the field of mental health for the past ten years in different capacities. For many years, I worked as a mental health clinician for Indigenous children, youth, and their families. I also continue to work as a counsellor for government agencies such as Foundry and Fraser Health. I am an experienced mental health professional, and I am grateful for all the opportunities I have had during the last decade. These experiences have now allowed me to get to a place where I feel ready to have my own practice, guided by my own values and experience. 

Although I have plenty of experience under my belt, I also believe in ongoing training and professional growth, and I continue to engage in relevant training and programs that inform my practice and guide my work. My practice is not static. I seek ongoing learning, challenges, and interventions that I can incorporate into my practice. My need to continue learning is evident and it is my duty as your counsellor to continue growing and working towards becoming an even better and skillful professional.