I have always had fun being around children. I
love their innocence and their zest for being spontaneous in their
keep life in perspective and mirror to the adult world what is really
important, care and playfulness!
What I have learned as a trained therapist and also in being a mother,
is that children want to “be good” and strive
for “goodness”. So when our children’s choices
go sideways, they feel shame. This is one of the defining moments
of parenting! What we do next as parents helps or hinders our
child’s self-esteem! It feels like you have to make
a split second decision to decide, think and act! What
could be more challenging and stressful?!
When my daughter was seeing Christine for counselling for issues related to her sensitive nature and perfectionism, I noticed that my daughter felt “lighter in her heart” after each visit. At home I notice that she has a whole new aura about her. We will use Christine in the future when we need more support. For now, I am supporting my daughter to remember to use the breathing techniques and writing exercises she learned in counselling, so that she can be in charge of her own self-care.
- J. T., mother of a 10 year old daughter
Being a child and family therapist allows me to witness and help
develop the resiliency children and youth have in wanting to make
things right again. It is their desire to succeed that gives
me great pleasure working as a child and family therapist.
As a parent I am learning that children are just as keen in controlling
their environment as their parents are. My children’s
need to grow and practice independence is challenging, exhausting
and somewhat humorous all at the same time! As a family counsellor,
I have learned objectivity and problem-solving skills. As a
parent, I am a realist!
I live in North Vancouver, I am happily married and have two very
active children. I enjoy gardening, dining with friends and
practicing yoga to keep my life balanced!
Education, Training and Credentials
I obtained my Master’s in Counselling Psychology
at UBC in
1991with a focus on counselling children and families. For
over 15 years I have worked with Vancouver Coastal Health, as a Child & Family
Therapist on a mental health team in East Vancouver. My extensive
training in childhood development, teen struggles, children with
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), family counselling,
and parent educator, has inspired me to venture in private practice.
- I have a Masters of Education (M.Ed.) in Counselling Psychology
- I have a Bachelor of Arts in Child & Youth Care, from UVic
- I have a Diploma in Guidance Counselling from UBC
- I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC #2736) and a member
of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors
- I have had specialized training in play therapy
- I am a member of the BC Association for Play Therapy
- I am a trained facilitator for the Connect Parent Project (training
from the Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre, Burnaby, BC)
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If you have concerns about your child, call me today.
Call Christine @ 604-339-5774
provides counselling services to children, parents, and
in Vancouver, North Vancouver, and West Vancouver.