I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Psychology at Simon Fraser University and my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Trinity Western University.
My desire to become a counsellor stems from my passion to support, guide, and empower those who need a helping hand as they go through struggles in life. I have always been drawn to the helping professions for as long as I could remember. I began my career in the hospitality industry and spent eight years in various positions, including river guide, concierge, sales and catering manager, and hotel duty manager, before realizing that while I have a passion for helping people, I wanted to do so in a way that could create meaningful change for them. With this newfound passion, I moved into the field of education and took on a position as a college instructor of hotel management for two years until I met a registered clinical counsellor and I had the opportunity to talk to her about her work. Almost immediately, I knew that supporting, guiding, and empowering people on their journey to live happier and healthier lives was how I wanted to impact others. I decided to make a career change and return to school for graduate training to become a registered clinical counsellor. I have always believed that it is never too late to make a change and my own life choices have reflected this belief.
Ethnically, I am Cantonese and this is an integral piece of my identity. As someone who has experienced challenges that a person of colour face, I am aware of the role culture plays in one’s identity and mental health. At the same time, I may not have all the knowledge about a particular culture, but I am committed to practicing cultural sensitivity, to be ready to listen, and to be open, empathic, and humble.
On a personal note, I love hiking, paddleboarding, kayaking, nature, and travelling. I live in the Lower Mainland in beautiful British Columbia and enjoy spending my time with family and friends. I am also a huge animal lover and can often be found playing with my dog Chester and rabbit Charlie, riding horses, or volunteering on a farm sanctuary.