Hello and welcome to my practice. Please call me Cindy, if that works for you. I use pronouns “she” and “her” and I hope you’ll let me know which pronouns I should use for you. I am an experienced Registered Psychologist practicing Adult Psychotherapy (counselling) to help people who feel depressed, anxious, who are dealing with loss and death, life transition, abuse/assault, and most other mental health and wellness issues. I also offer supervision and consultation to mental health professionals.
I seek to be a kind, humble, and compassionate human living with gratitude on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. I believe I am well prepared to help people in their efforts to take care of themselves and live their fullest lives. I have both a master’s and doctoral degree in clinical psychology. I also have post-doctoral training in Feminist Therapy and in Trauma Assessment and Treatment. I became a psychologist in 2004, working in community mental health, non-profit, and academic settings.
Services & Approach
I know that there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to helping people.
I take time to learn about who you are and why you are coming to see me. I understand that people come to therapy for many reasons. Our bodies respond to stress and life experiences in lots of different ways and our early experiences can have a big impact on how we function as adults.
Our physical and mental health are inter-connected and are impacted by our life experiences and social position with respect to ethnicity, immigration status, gender, sexual orientation and so many other ways we are different as humans. I avoid labels and I pay attention to what makes you unique and resilient so that we can build on your strengths and help you to live your life more the way you would like to be living it.
In keeping with my way of understanding the people I work with, I use a feminist and developmental approach. I am a white cisgender woman and I know that I possess much privilege in this world; I work hard to recognize my own blind spots and I support my clients in considering ways that their own marginalized and privileged identities are forces in their own experiences. I incorporate elements of other psychotherapies (e.g. cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Humanistic, Existential, Motivational Interviewing) because I know that there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to helping people.
Supervision and Consultation for Mental Health Professionals
I also work with mental health professionals including psychologists, counsellors, social workers, and others to offer supervision and/or consultation related to your practice. I can provide individual case consultation (including consideration of specific ethical dilemmas), assistance with preparation for registration/licensure, professional development, and training and support on the art of self-care
Location & Fees
My practice is now solely online via secure videoconference technologies which allows me to be available to people all over British Columbia (I am not licensed to help people outside of the province).
Scheduling is done via secure practice management software. Use the form below to contact me. I will reply and we will figure out together if my training, skills, and experience are a good match for what you are needing. After that, we will set up a first appointment and I will send you a link for the practice management software.
My regular fee is $225/hour. I believe that mental health treatment should be as available as physical healthcare is so I have set up my practice with a sliding scale. This means that I see a percentage of people at $225/hour and see others at a lower fee. If you need a lowered fee, please give some thought about what you believe is a reasonable amount for you to pay based on your circumstances and let’s talk about it.
For payment, I accept Interac (e-transfer payments) and check only (no credit cards). Please pay for your session at the beginning of the session as I cannot give you a receipt until I have received payment. Receipts can be used to get extended health benefits reimbursement and/or for income tax purposes.
I am an approved provider for First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), the Crime Victims Assistance Program (CVAP), and the Interim Federal Health Program; each of these programs require an approved application process so we should discuss this if you will be using those programs for payment.