On Being a Counsellor

The heart of Trish’s care philosophy is warm, positive, client-centred engagement from a strengths-based perspective. She believes that building competencies, facilitating communication and practicing loving and healthy boundaries within the context of a client’s identified community, family, work or education environment and significant relationships is important to support growth. As Trish engages with a client, she sees this as both a profound trust and a deep privilege. Her priority and passion is to accompany clients through the process, holding them safe, as they endeavour to go deeper in pursuit of insight and meaningful change.

Counselling & Art Therapy Background

Trish’s professional career includes effective office administration and management in education, profit and non-profit settings coupled with significant experience in the fields of art therapy, counselling, and conflict management. She attributes her success in these areas of practice to strong skills in needs-based assessment, empathetic listening, assertive communication and creative and practical problem solving driven by warm genuine care. Her counselling and art therapy practice has been focused in the public and alternate school systems supporting children and youth, facilitating the recovery goals of men and women with mental health and addiction challenges, tending to families in transition (separation, divorce, relationship building, and reintegration), and working with elders in residential care and palliative services with Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, stroke recovery, various disabilities, and end of life challenges.

More About Trish

Counselling Training

  • Bachelor’s Degree (BA), Trinity Western University
  • Post-Bachelor’s Art Therapy Diploma (DVATI), Vancouver Art Therapy Institute
  • Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) Emphasis in Conflict Management and Art Therapy, Royal Roads University

Professional Membership and Affiliations

  • Registered Clinical Counsellor, B.C. Association of Clinical Counselors
  • Registered Art Therapist, Canadian Art Therapy Association

Trish as a Person

For Trish, personal art-making is very important as a commitment to self-care, a mode of self-expression and a form of meditation or flow-state. She enjoys painting, sketching, crafting, sculpting and photography, doing various kinds of special projects and private and institutional commissions. She finds much inspiration from nature, often working natural materials into her artwork. She enjoys nature walks and yoga and loves regular quality time with friends and family.

If you are ready to work with one of our therapists,  Contact us in our Langley counselling office. We can then discuss how we can best help you.

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