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Meet Victoria
MACP., Certified Canadian Counsellor

In counselling, and in my own personal life, I don’t believe there is such a thing as coincidence. The journeys we make, the experiences we have, those we meet along the way, all guide us exactly where we are supposed to go (wherever that is!).

 

I have lived in four countries, moved over twenty times in thirty years, and, for the last five years, have found Alberta a beautiful place to call home and build my career. I am honoured to hold space for my clients and support them, and it is a privilege I do not take lightly. As Trooper said, “we’re here for a good time, not a long time”.

 

While I cannot change the extraneous elements of your life, I can certainly help you to improve your inner experiences that might make the journey more pleasant! When I am not working, you can find me at the dog park with my 4-year-old Great Dane, Ozzy, reading in my favorite lazy-boy recliner, increasing my strength at the gym, spending time with my loved ones, cracking bad jokes, or trying my hand at a new recipe. 

I am passionate about supporting Veterans, active CAF members, and First Responders. As part of a military family (spouse, sibling), I have an in-depth understanding of the specific culture, mentality, workplace-expectations, and higher probability of risks, illnesses, and disorders associated with these industries (e.g., OSI, PTSD, anger, family/marital strains, depression, anxiety, burnout). Additionally, I am interested in working with both adolescents and adults experiencing grief, loss, trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, emotional regulation, and existential issues.

 

I enjoy helping clients make sense of their experiences, and find meaning, value, and understanding along the way. Rooted in a client-centred approach, I offer a supportive, nonjudgmental, and, at times, humorous environment to facilitate optimal growth for my clients. 

As a licensed C.C.C. (Canadian Certified Counsellor), and soon to be Provisional Psychologist, I offer evidence-based, therapeutic practices and modalities that aim to lessen suffering and increase positive health and well-being. I have training in Acceptance+Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and I bring a Trauma-Informed approach to all my sessions.

 

I believe in empowerment - every individual has the strength and potential to enact powerful change, I am simply shining a light on all the strengths and skills you already possess and can use to overcome life’s challenges. 

Favourite Quote

“In the endless stumble toward ourselves, we harvest the crop we are given”

– Shelley Read, author

I love this quote (taken from the novel Go as a River), because it compassionately encourages me to consider the different resources each person has when tackling life’s issues. I love searching for and highlighting client’s strengths in sessions and supporting them in their unique lived experiences. 

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