Just because no one else can heal or do your inner work for you, doesn't mean you can, should, or need to do it alone. - Lisa Olivera
Just because no one else can heal or do your inner work for you, doesn't mean you can, should, or need to do it alone.
I believe in coming alongside you to work with your unique strengths and empower you towards living your best life. Our sessions will include validation, mindfulness, self-exploration, listening, and developing skills for coping and thriving. My goal is for you to feel empowered and capable of making and maintaining positive change in your life. I’m here to provide a safe space to help you learn and work through whatever it is that you’re facing.
My therapeutic approach is person-centered, accepting and empathetic, culturally sensitive, and curious. My areas of focus are trauma, anxiety, depression, identity and self-esteem, conflict and boundary setting, and relationship development. I have experience working with clients through cultural issues, such as life transitions and change, loss and feeling displaced, and identity struggles. I also have experience with assessing and working through suicide ideation and self-harm in adolescents. Depending on my client’s needs, I employ evidence-based interventions from Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Gestalt, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
I am a Canadian Certified Counselor with a Masters in Counselling Psychology. During my Masters I practiced at the Abbotsford Ministry of Children and Family Development in the Child and Youth Mental Health department where I supported underprivileged children, youth, and their families.
I hold a Bachelors of Education and a Canadian teaching license. I have been teaching for over 7 years now cross-culturally and in Canada. As a teacher, I specialize in elementary and early childhood education, special needs education, and English language learning. Personally, I grew up as a third culture kid in China and have been an expatriate my entire life, so I have a deep appreciation and love for culture and growing in community with others.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) training
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy training
Solution Focused Brief Therapy training