Transformation does not ask that you stop being you.
It demands that you find a way back to the authenticity
and strength that's already inside of you.

~ Cheryl Strayed

Taking the step to see a counsellor is hard and finding the right therapist can be challenging. I hope that the information below gives you a better idea of who I am and answers some questions you may have. 

What is your background?
I was born and raised in Belgium and moved to BC in 2013. My fondness for learning and curiosity about what drives people, led me to explore the worlds of Clinical Psychology and Journalism. For the past seven years I have worked alongside caregivers of children who have developmental delays, exploring inner strengths, challenges, vulnerabilities and resiliencies. My passion is in trauma and grief work. I completed my practicum providing individual and group counselling to female adult survivors of violence and have volunteered in support services for refugees and new immigrants. When I am not at work, you can find me in the forest, the mountains, on my bike, or on the couch with a good book. 

What informs your work? 
I aim to work from an anti-oppressive and justice-oriented lens, looking beyond the individual and familial context and exploring how community, society, systemic oppressions, and ancestry impact lived experiences. I approach sessions as a collaboration and connection through which I aim to support you in accessing your inner strengths and resilience. This is grounded in the co-creation of a safe and non-judgmental space where I hope that you can explore how you connect to your mind, body, and heart. 

What does a first session look like?
During the initial session I will ask you about your history, current issues, support network, and goals for therapy. I will also ask you about what might help you to feel safe, if there is anything I can do or not do, say or not say, in order to create a safe therapeutic space. You only share what you are comfortable sharing. Based on this initial session we come up with a personalized plan to support you in working towards your goals. 

What happens during sessions?
We might work on emotional regulation, on discovering needs and frustrations behind emotions, and on feeling more confident in the decisions you make. Other aspects might involve exploring how thoughts  and underlying beliefs guide behaviour and vice versa. Further, we might work on listening to our body and our nervous system, moving beyond trying to think our way out of challenges, and instead feeling our way back through a reconnection with our emotions and bodies. 

What do clients say? 
"It's been such a wonderful experience feeling supported and that I am not alone. It's been a blessing to meet you, I used to be terrified of going to therapy but thank you for making it a freeing and safe experience for me. Thank you for being the little voice in my head that makes me feel safe enough to communicate my feelings even in hard times." ~ A., 25 years old

Approaches used

• Humanistic & holistic
• Mindfulness-based
• Motivational Interviewing 
• Solution Focused Therapy 
• Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT)
• Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)

Areas of Practice

• Abuse & Interpersonal Violence
• Trauma & PTSD
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Grief & Loss
• Intimacy & Relationship Issues
• Life Transitions & Personal Growth
• Parenting/caregiving challenges

Education

• MA in Clinical Counselling,
CityU of Seattle (Vancouver, BC)
• MA in Clinical Psychology, University of Ghent (Belgium)
• MA in Journalism,
University of Ghent (Belgium)
• Registered Clinical Counsellor
with BCACC (#17317)

 [email protected] 672-999-9492

Morning Light Counselling is located on the unceded, ancestral, and occupied traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Watuth), S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō), and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nations of the Coast Salish peoples.