Individual, Couples, and Group Counsellor
Kim is joining Okanagan Clinical Counselling as a Graduate Student Counsellor (Counsellor-In-Training). She recently completed the academic portion of her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MACP) from Yorkville University in New Brunswick, and is pursuing her practicum under the supervision of Georgia Brown. Kim will be providing counselling services at a discounted rate while she completes the required hours of graduation and certification.
Kim lives committed to kindness, curiosity and creativity. She is a Registered Nurse (RN) with six years of experience in acute care. Her passion for holistic health and fascination with the mind/body connection led her to pursue a career in counselling psychology. She is also a freelance writer, storyteller, and spoken word poet who uses Narrative Therapy to help individuals investigate the nuance of lived stories. Her practice incorporates bibliotherapy (the use of poems, stories, myths, and novels to invite clients into processes of identification, catharsis, insight and universalization) and writing therapy (using the client’s own narrative style to explore aspects of the psyche and the emotional experience and increase feelings of personal congruence).
As an advocate for mindfulness and self-compassion, Kim empowers people to tune in to their bodies, thoughts, and emotions to gain greater insight into their lived experience. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to challenge beliefs and change perceptions, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to bring awareness to breathe and cultivate present-moment awareness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help clients transform their relationship to thoughts and feelings. She may also incorporate spiritual and existential approaches when appropriate. In her work with couples, Kim uses Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) to resolve issues related to attachment. EFT helps couples map conflict patterns and move through a process designed to improve intimacy, deepen emotional connections, and create new ways of being in a relationship.
The therapeutic relationship lays the foundation for effective therapy, and as such, Kim works relationally and collaboratively alongside individuals to restore wholeness, develop skills, and facilitate healthy attachment patterns. She brings cultural awareness and sensitivity to her practice and has experience working with First Nations clients as well as LGBTQ2 clients.
Areas of Focus: Grief and Loss, Trauma, Stress and Anxiety, Difficult Life Transitions, Self-Esteem and Personal Growth, Difficult Medical Diagnosis, Health and Wellness, Relationships and Sexuality (LGBTQ2+ friendly)
Location: Kelowna and West Kelowna
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