• About Me

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    Helping You Move Forward

    Mary is a registered clinical counsellor (RCC # 14348), having completed her Master of Counselling Psychology degree from Adler University in 2016.

    After working as an elementary school teacher for over 25 years, Mary was ready for a significant change in her life. She always knew that she wanted to help people and, as a result, was inspired to become a counsellor.

    Currently, Mary uses her education, extensive training and wealth of life experience to help her clients navigate life transitions and feelings of stuckness to make healthier life decisions and build stronger, more beneficial relationships.

     

    Mary works with individuals and couples, offering comprehensive services relating to:

    • Depression, anxiety, stress management, low self –esteem, life transitions (including career changes, mid-life, empty nest syndrome, care of elderly parents), trauma, parental issues, grief or loss, relationship issues, communication problems, anger management, low self -esteem, disordered eating, social building skills and family of origin issues.

    About Me

    I come from a large Italian and French-Canadian family and have been happily married for 30 years, with three adult children and a dog that I love dearly. He often makes cameos in my client sessions, typically sleeping on his little bed.

    I have always loved to travel and meet people while also being a devoted life-long learner. I also have a deep appreciation for music, nature walks, skiing, shopping, good meals, good movies and a good book. I cherish my friends and family circle and look forward to socializing with them when we can resume contact as we once knew.

    Therapeutic Approach

    I offer a warm, sensitive, caring environment in a non-judgmental, confidential space where clients can feel respected and heard. I believe that therapy cannot exist without creating a strong client-therapist relationship built on trust, support and safety.

    Specializing in life transitions, I understand the impact of being in a life transition and the evolution of being in the “sandwich generation,” taking care of both children and elderly parents. For example, all three of my adult children are now in their significant life transition phases such as career, marriage, completing higher education, and relocation. I also have my own impactful grief journey of having lost my father recently while caring for my almost 90-year-old mother.

    Influenced by many evidence-based counselling practices, my therapy practice includes:

    • Adlerian, Client-Centered, CBT, Mindfulness, Focus Oriented therapy, Attachment-based Somatic therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy, IFS, Emotion Focused individual & couples therapy and Gottman Couples therapy. I am also trained in EMDR(Eye movement reprocessing and desensitization) used for trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, phobias and many other issues.

    I believe that counselling is a collaborative process where the client is the expert of their life. As a result, I tailor my holistic approach to each individual’s needs where every client can feel welcomed, respected and safe to embark on their healing journey every session.


    “Most of us are trying to live an authentic life. Deep down, we want to take off our game face and be real and imperfect.”
    – Brené Brown

    Education

    Master of Counselling Psychology
    Adler University

    Bachelor of Education- Psychology & French
    Simon Fraser University

    Certifications

    Registered Clinical Counsellor (#14388)
    BC Association of Clinical Counsellors

    EMDR Certificate of Basic Training
    EMDR Canada

    Gottman Method Couples Therapy Levels 1 and 2
    The Gottman Institute

    Focus Oriented Therapy Level 1
    Inward Bound Focusing Training

    Trainings

    Treating Complex Trauma with Internal Family Systems

    Somatic Training with Lisa Mortimore

    Mindfulness CBT Stress Reduction

    Transforming Trauma: AEDP

    Emotion Focused Couples Therapy Training

    Making Sense of Emotions: Gordon Neufeld