I was born in Mexico and moved with my family to Canada at the age of 7.
Immediately upon entering Canada, I faced some unfortunate challenges,
especially for a young girl moving to a new country.
For example, merely a year after arriving in Canada, at the age of 8, I
was raped by a family acquaintance. This
left me vulnerable to several years of sexual abuse by a family member.
And, at various times during my school years, I experienced being
ridiculed and shamed by other school children due to the stigma attached
to my cultural
background. As a
self conscious, now overweight, adolescent whose trust in people had
shattered, I often escaped by reading books and creating a “safe” world
As I grew up, I avoided the conscious awareness of my anxiety and
depression by keeping myself extremely busy and by being overly excited
life. It was not until my late twenties when an unstable long-term
ended that a crack in my defense mechanisms caused a barrage of
memories, and delayed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms.
This started my own journey to healing and
I’ve always been
passionate about making a difference in people’s lives. That combined with what I learned through my own healing inspired me to
pursue a career in counselling.
My goal is to tailor sessions to suit each
client with compassion, understanding and confidentiality. I work with each
individual to help them attain personal and, if desired, spiritual growth to
overcome life’s challenges and hurdles.
While my own spirituality is decidedly rooted in my
relationship with Jesus Christ, I am sensitive to meeting you where you are at
in your spiritual search/journey.
In the past, I have worked at Chilliwack Alcohol and
Drug Center, Chilliwack Counselling Center, and in Northern Mexico with the
Low German Mennonite people. I am currently in private practice taking clients locally but
I also contract through www.anxietycentre.com where I take clients via phone
or Skype from all over the world.
I have also always been involved simultaneously in Community Living and while I no longer formally work in this field I usually do some form of respite.
I have lived in Chilliwack, British Columbia since my early 20’s but moved to Elgin County in Southwestern Ontario in 2014 to be closer to family. My undergraduate degree is a Bachelor
of Arts in Christian Ministries completed in 1993 and a Master of Arts in Counselling completed in