about me.


I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#20126) and a Professional Art Therapist working in Vancouver, BC. My primary clinical experience has been with Vancouver Coastal Health's Child and Youth Mental Health and Addictions team and Foundry BC. I also run support groups for students and teach arts based courses. Prior to my work and training as a counsellor, I studied visual arts at UBC, ran a freelance photography business, and taught music to young people.


Background

I was born and raised in Vancouver, BC in a culturally blended and dynamic environment. I identify as a mixed-race, second generation Filipino-Canadian. Growing up, I struggled with my mental health due to chronic health concerns and societal expectations. Mental health was not a topic that was talked about in my formative years and I lacked the language and spaces to express the big feelings and complex thoughts that I had. But going through therapy and using art, writing, and photography intuitively became spaces for me to connect with myself and work through difficult emotions. Now, I've dedicated my career to giving back to support those who have gone through similar challenges.


Education & Qualifications


Professional Art Therapist of the Canadian Art Therapy Association

Registered Clinical Counsellor of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC #20126)

Master of Counselling Psychology: Art Therapy (MCP-AT) from Adler University

Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts (BA) from the University of British Columbia

Approaches & Modalities


Narrative Therapy, Art Therapy, Somatic Internal Family Systems, Adlerian Therapy, EFFT, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Christian Faith & Spirituality, Mindfulness, Culturally Informed, Trauma-Informed, Person-Centered, Strengths Based, Biopsychosocial-spiritual Model of Care


What is Art Therapy?

Art and creative expression serves as another language, often a common language, that can be accessed when processing confusing or overwhelming emotions. It combines the creative process and psychotherapy, facilitating self-exploration and understanding. It can be adapted to meet a wide variety of physical, mental, and emotional needs. Art Therapy is appropriate for all ages and presenting concerns. Experience with art and artistic skills are not required to receive the therapeutic benefits of art therapy.

Learn more about Art Therapy here