Maximize Your Potential
Maximize Your Potential
Are you looking to improve your performance?
Are you looking to improve your performance? Or perhaps struggling with stress, anxiety, or depression? Have you suffered through grief and loss or trauma?
If you answered ‘yes’ to one or more of these questions, therapy can help.
As a clinical counsellor, it’s my mission to support you in managing your mental health. I have a diverse background in counselling, having worked for the Vancouver and Interior Health Authority, as well as a non-profit organization. I have had the privilege of supporting both youths and adults over the years. I assist people who are struggling with all types of mental health challenges, such as:
- Issues related to sports/athletic activity
- Grief and loss
I have been faced with a variety of challenges throughout my life.
Since I was 15 years old, I have experienced a wide variety of sports related injuries. Each injury has presented new challenges – mentally, emotionally, and physically. Time away from my chosen sport(s) removed an important coping strategy from my life. I have had to adapt and find ways to fulfill the needs previously met through the activity I loved to do. The result is that each time I recover from an injury I feel that I have become more resilient, integrating a new sense of mental, emotional, and physical strength, and greater capacity to deal with all of life’s challenges.
In dealing with shyness and anxiety I had to change the negative stories I told myself about myself, others, and situations to something more accurate and positive. I had to build a sense of trust in myself. That could only happen by challenging some of my fears and anxieties by changing my thoughts, flawed beliefs, and acting rather than avoiding. There was a great sense of reward in challenging and overcoming my fears. I learned that I am capable of much more than I ever thought possible. I continually strive to fully participate in life knowing the reward is more fulfilling connections with others, a far more adventurous and fun life, and ultimately, more confidence in myself.
Having lost my mom, dad, and oldest brother, I am familiar with the depth of sadness that significant loss can bring. Not just sadness but a myriad of emotions including anger, confusion, and emptiness. Each relationship was unique and as such, navigating each loss has been different. I have found ways to move on in my life with these losses. With support from others, education, and giving myself space to feel whatever comes up I am able to allow feelings to move through me and bring healing. I don’t stop missing them or ‘get over’ their loss, but I learn how to live without them.
I understand firsthand what many of life’s challenges are like. I’ve come out the other end a better person and I can help you get through it too.
Along the way, I have pursued several professional development and training opportunities. I will continue to do so, as I feel that being able to draw on an in-depth knowledge base allows me to offer the most comprehensive approach and the best care to my clients.
I’ve come out the other end
I’ve come out the other end a better person and I can help you get through it too.
I practice a variety
I practice a variety of therapeutic approaches and paradigms – including, but not limited to:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
- Attachment theory
- Trauma-informed practice
- Somatic Relational theory and practice
Above all, I recognize that no two people are the same. I consistently tailor my approach to meet the specific and unique needs of the individuals I work with.
Wanting to make a change in your life can be hard and becoming more self-aware can be even harder. Dawn has the ability to make that easier and, dare I say it, even fun. I have had the pleasure of working with Dawn for over a year and can say that my improvement and self-development has been achieved with much of her help. Dawn has the ability to ask the challenging questions and can put my feelings into a larger context of the society in which we live, which is great. Trying to figure stuff out in your mid 20s is painful. Dawn validates that and encourages me to uncover who I want to be and what makes me happy.
We spend thousands of dollars on gym memberships and personal trainers to improve our body and physical health, but what are we doing for our mental health? Counselling with Dawn has proved to be an invaluable investment in my self and my health and happiness. She is truly the best mental health personal trainer! Thanks for everything Dawn! Looking forward to our next session!