I live and work on the unceded, traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.
I am a registered clinical counsellor whose work is grounded in anti-oppression and feminist theory and practice. Areas of interest include resilience and healing from trauma, abuse and oppression; providing gender affirming care, including hormone and surgical readiness assessments to help people access the medical supports they need; holding safer space for queer, trans and gender diverse people; supporting multiple or intersectional identities, such as the experience of being queer and a person of colour; living with chronic pain, disability and illness; and sexual health, wellness and pleasure.
Part of what makes me passionate about working in areas of cultural and gender diversity is my own lived experience. I am a mixed race nonbinary person of Japanese and European heritage, and a third generation Japanese Canadian. I was born in England to Canadian parents, and returned at a very early age to Coast Salish Territories/Vancouver where I was raised. As an adult, I have lived in both the UK and Vancouver. I currently live and work in Vancouver where I’m honoured to serve local community, including my own queer, trans and BIPoC community. My pronouns are they/them/theirs.
In addition to my work as a counsellor and clinical supervisor, I offer consultation services and conduct workshops on various topics, including providing respectful and informed care to Two Spirit, trans, nonbinary and other gender diverse clients, and navigating small communities as a service provider. I also create written resources and training materials for health care practitioners and clients, with areas of specialty in sexual health and trans health.
In my spare time, I enjoy cycling, camping, crafting and quality time with loved ones.
Education and credentials:
Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors #6270
Masters of Counselling Psychology from Adler University
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Simon Fraser University