I am a Registered Hypnotherapist with a private practice in Nelson, BC, serving the Kootenay region. I have over 15 years of experience in the mental health field, am a member of the Canadian Association of Counselling Hypnotherapists (CACHE) and registered to practice with the Association of Registered Clinical Hypnotherapists (ARCH Canada).
I come to hypnotherapy through two paths: medicine and the world of the imagination.
I became a Registered Nurse in 1974, working in public health and psychiatry. I'm also the author of Inappropriate Behaviour (a work of fiction), have a degree in English, and taught literature and writing for a number of years.
My passion is to find places in the imagination where we thrive, and I bring my background as a nurse, writer and educator to my practice.
As an RN on a psychiatric ward I began looking beyond disease and deficit models to explore people's strengths. My work and learning grew out of healing from my own life challenges, such as an injury where hypnosis helped me walk again. Today I use the approaches and tools I've developed in my clinical practice to help guide people to their own discoveries of emotional and physical healing.
Groups and communities working toward a socially just society are the very heart and soul of healing.
I have served on the Board of Nelson CARES Society which is committed to providing programs and initiatives in advocacy, safe and affordable housing, employment, support services and environmental stewardship, and I continue to be involved with these issues.
I am results oriented. I collaborate with clients to focus on goals and strengths. I believe that once a person chooses a goal there is an inner sense of empowerment and movement forward. I take a holistic approach in addressing a client's physical, nutritional, emotional, and spiritual aspirations.
As a writer I have always kept journals. In the late 1970s I took several Intensive Journal workshops with psychotherapist Ira Progoff, Ph.D. He encouraged clients to do some form of journal writing to work through issues more rapidly. I use Dr. Progoff's journal techniques as well as my own as an adjunct to therapy.
Whatever the issue - eliminating a phobia or bad habit, feeling greater confidence, or becoming healthier and more fit - I'm dedicated to providing a safe, confidential environment as I work with my clients to achieve their goals.