Connecting Parents and Children

Counselling Services

Due to COVID-19, I am offering counselling sessions, parent consultations, and parent child play sessions, virtually through a secure internet platform.


Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy, Dr. Sue Johnson and Dr. Leanne Campbell, VICEFT, 2021;

Sany'Yas: Indigenous Cultural Safety Training, PHSA Indigenous Health Progran, 2020;

EMDR for Children and Teens Using Teletherapy, Ana Gomez, 2020;

Providing Mental Health Help for Parents During the Corona Virus, The Attachment Trauma Centre, 2020;

Working with First Responders- Developing Clinical and Cultural Competency, Steve Frankel Group 2020;

Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals, 2 day digital training, PESCI, 2020;

Emotionally Focused Family Therapy Level 1 and 2, ICEEFT, 2019;

Play Therapy with Transgender and Gender Expansive Youth, Realistic Serenity Behavioural Health, 2019;

Permission to Breathe, Marshall Lyles, The Attachment and Trauma Center of Nebraska, 2019;

Emotion Focused Couples Therapy thru an AEDP Lens, Dr. Richard Harris, FSGV, 2019;

Watch, Wait and Wonder, Infant Psychiatry BC Children’s Hospital Dr. Mirek Lokjasek, 2018;

EMDR and Play Therapy : A Playful Journey Towards Healing, BCPTA Ana M. Gomez, 2018;

AEDP: An Overview with Dr. Richard Harrison, VCFI, 2018;

Play Therapy with Children Experiencing Grief and Loss, Teleseminar Wonders Counseling, 2018;

Diploma in Therapeutic Art, Renasissance Training Academy London England, 2017;

Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training, FSGV, 2017;

Beyond Desensitization: Expanding Children’s Window of Tolerance, The Attachment and Trauma Center of Nebraska (ATCN), 2017;

The Somatic Narrative: A Sensorimotor Psychotherapeutic Approach Pat Ogden 2017;

Overcoming Parental Resistance in Filial Therapy, RiseVanFleet, 2016;

Family Therapy Integrative Model : Treatment for Attachment Trauma in Children, ATCN, 2016;

The Myth of Normal, Anxiety and Addictions from a New Perspective, Dr. Gabor Mate, 2016;

Suicide Awareness and Intervention, Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute, 2015;

Child Parent Relationship Therapy with Dr. Gary Landreth and Dr. Sue Bratton, 2015,

Sibling Abuse: Assessment and Intervention Techniques for Children, Adolescents and Families, Diane Stutey, Ph.D., RPT, LPC, NCC;

The Biology of Loss Developmental Origins of ADHD with Dr. Gabor Mate, 2015;

EMDR for Attachment Trauma in Children, ATCN, 2015;

EMDR Training Part 1 and 2 at British Columbia School of Professional Psychology, 2014/15;

Virginia Satir in the Sand Tray Intensive, 2015;

Play and Process: In Play, Sandplay and Expressive Therapies CAST/BCPTA Conference 2014: Play Therapy and Sandplay, Play Therapy with Children, Understanding Adoption and Attachment in Play Therapy;

Reading the Image in Play and Expressive Therapies, 2014;

Working with Anxious Children: Integrating Play Therapy Principles and Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, Dr. Sarina Kot, 2012

TCU Trust Based Interventions, Dr. Karyn Purvis, 2012;

Professional Boundaries for Home Visitors, David Sheftel, 2012;

Beyond Behaviour: Understanding Children from the Inside Out,Vanessa Lapointe, 2012;

Anxiety in Children and Teens, Dr. Erin Berman, 2011;

Preventing Adoption Disruption, Deborah Riley, 2011;

Attachment & Atypical Caregiver Behaviours Associated with Disorganized Attachment with Dr. Diane Benoit, 2011;

Attachment and Modified Interaction Guidance Training Dr. Diane Benoit, 2011;

Effective Casework with Infants and their Families in the Child Welfare System, Evelyn Wotherspoon, 2011.

In order to determine whether I am the right fit, I offer a 20 minute telephone consultation at no-charge. Please click on the email link on the contact page or call 604-551-3365 to schedule a telephone consultation.I am available for virtual appointments only at this time.  

Counselling services range from $130 - $195 plus GST. Cash, cheques and major credit cards are accepted. Some insurance providers reimburse for counselling services provided by the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors - BCACC. Please contact your extended health insurance provider to inquire about your coverage. I am a member of the BC Play Therapy Association, an approved mental health provider with the Crime Victim Assistance Program(CVAP) and the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA).

How you parent depends greatly on your experiences in your family of origin. At Connecting Parents and Children I support parents in making sense of their own unique attachment histories in order to be the parents they want to be.

Services for adoptive families include consultations regarding proposals, preparing for your child's arrival, transitions, transracial adoptions, adoption education for schools and extended family members and preparing to visit your child's country of origin.