There are many people in our communities who suffer from various psychological difficulties and issues. My intention is to help individuals overcome these difficulties and live healthier, happier lives. I strive to do this by drawing upon a) my passion for scientifically supported psychological interventions and assessment approaches, and b) my interest in providing psychological services from a diversity-informed and cognitive/humanistic perspective. At Bloom Psychology Clinic, I provide psychotherapeutic and psychological assessment services to adults and adolescents.
All human beings have beliefs and thoughts that shape their perception of themselves, other people, and life/the world. We acquire these beliefs and thoughts in a number of ways, including from our caregivers during development and by forming these beliefs and thoughts ourselves through our life experiences. Some of these thoughts and beliefs are helpful to our psychological well-being and achieving our goals in life; others are not, and it is this latter group of thoughts and beliefs that can contribute to various mental health difficulties. Aside from our thinking and belief systems, human beings differ in a wide variety of other ways, including culturally, racially, in terms of our religious affiliation and level of religious devotion, our age, sex, gender, and levels of physical health and functioning, among other factors. All of these individual differences can both positively and negatively contribute to our mental health. For instance, the culture that people are a part of could emphasize interdependence and mutual support, and this could help protect members of this culture from developing mental health issues, as well as help them recover more easily when these issues do arise. Alternatively, a person’s being part of an oppressed racial or ethnic group can interact with certain unhelpful beliefs and thoughts of theirs to have a harmful impact on their psychological functioning. It is my view that in order to help people with their psychological difficulties in psychotherapy, it is important to accomplish two major tasks:
First, it is important to assist individuals with detecting and altering their unhelpful beliefs and thought patterns; as part of this process, and if relevant to the individual’s case, the mental health professional should assist individuals with understanding how their unique individual differences (e.g., physical, medical, cultural, etc.) are interacting with their unhelpful thoughts and beliefs to contribute to their mental health difficulties.
Second, it is important to assist individuals with recognizing, accessing, and using the strengths, assets, and resources associated with their unique diversity factors (e.g., the religious, spiritual, or cultural beliefs and practices that can help strengthen their psychological health, the resources that exist in their cultural, religious, and other communities, etc.).
As a therapist, it is my hope to help individuals with a wide range of psychological difficulties, including low mood, anxiety, anger, substance abuse, and relationship problems, among many others. I am also available for providing psychological assessment services, including psychoeducational, diagnostic, and personality assessments.
To provide further information on my psychological treatment and assessment approaches, I would describe these approaches as evidence-based (informed by scientific research), strengths-based (mindful of clients’ areas of strength and guiding clients to utilize these strengths), person-centered (focused on the person as a whole, not just their difficulties), and humanistic (based on the belief that every person has an inherent capacity to heal and grow).
With regards to my education and training, my Bachelor’s and Master’s-level work was in psychology, and I am currently working towards obtaining my doctoral degree in clinical psychology as a student in the PsyD program at Adler University (Vancouver Campus). As part of my clinical psychological training experiences thus far, I have completed multiple practicums in the areas of psychotherapy and psychological assessment. I have also researched and written several psychological articles that have been published in BC Psychologist, the peer-reviewed journal of the British Columbia Psychological Association (BCPA).
Mental Health Issues:
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
- Narcissistic Personality Disorder
- Panic Attacks
- Histrionic Personality Disorder
- Self Esteem and Confidence
- Social Anxiety
- Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia)
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Anger Management
- Avoidant Personality Disorder
- Complex PTSD
- Grief and Bereavement
- Chronic Pain
- Somatic Symptom Disorder
- Emotional Abuse
- Divorce and Separation
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
- FAS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome)
- Executive Functioning
- Learning Disabilities
- Separation Anxiety
- Intellectual Disability
- Global Developmental Delay
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Motivational Interviewing (MI)
- Couples Therapy
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
- Psychodynamic Therapy
- Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
- Psychoeducational Assessment
- Diagnostic Assessment
- Personality Assessment
- Adolescents (16-19)
- Extended Healthcare Benefits
- Ministry of Child and Family Services (MCFD) – Autism Funding
- Physicians Health Program (PHP)