Hi. I’m Kari, and prior to pursuing a Masters degree in counselling psychology I worked as an RN. Here are a few things I’ve learned over the years as a helping professional:
- Life is full of ups and downs. How we respond to the challenging times matters.
- We don’t always respond to challenges the way we thought we would.
- Sometimes we get stuck in a place we don’t want to be. Reaching out for help can be an effective way to get un-stuck.
- Standing by and watching loved ones go through tough times and challenges (addiction, illness, physical and/or mental health struggles, etc) can be extremely painful and challenging. Many feel a loss of control, hopeless, and isolated. Caregivers and loved ones need support too.
- Mental health challenges can sometimes feel difficult to talk about with those closest to us.
- Shame is isolating. Shame keeps us from living the life we want.
- When people are given a safe, empathetic, non-judgemental space to share, they feel better.
When we face challenges in our lives we often want to fix them or make sense of them. Talking to a therapist can help. Other times we try to avoid them, or carry on as if nothing has changed. This may work for a while, but problems and challenges will often follow us around, impacting our quality of life until we face them and deal with them. Doing this alone can feel overwhelming and scary. Working together with a therapist to face and conquer challenges can make it less scary and overwhelming.
You and I will work together to help you through whatever you’re facing at the moment. I believe that you are the expert in your life. I take a client-centred, trauma-informed, strengths-based view of the clients I work with. Together we will determine what you need. Whether that is a listening ear, a place to vent, finding new coping skills, processing emotions, finding a new perspective, setting goals, or something else, we will go on this journey together.
My areas of focus include addiction, chronic and terminal illness, adult ADHD, burnout, grief, anxiety, depression, and life transitions. I am also interested in helping caregivers and loved ones of those going through these challenges.