More about Roxy
Relational. Inquisitive. Dignity Driven.
I have been journeying alongside people throughout my adult life as a teacher, intern supervisor, mentor, mountain guide, group facilitator, youth worker and now counsellor. I find that, in the context of safe and loving relationships, people continually find the tools, resources, strength, and insight within themselves to steer their lives in new, life-giving directions.
My counselling is informed and supported by constructivist modalities, where an individual is seen within the context of a greater social and cultural landscape. I see how the broader world impacts individuals and also how working with individuals, couples, families, and communities impacts the broader world.
I currently hold a masters degree from City University of Seattle in Clinical Counselling, and have had training in:
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an evidence based psychotherapy that helps people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. EMDR therapy allows the client to do the work they needs to do to heal from psychological trauma. EMDR connects a client to their own brain’s information processing system, which naturally moves them along toward mental health.
Lifespan Integration Therapy (LI)
Lifespan integration is a new form of therapy, approximately twenty years old, that was born out of EMDR therapy. LI is a gentle approach to processing emotional distress and trauma that have accumulated in a person's system over the course of one's life. Similar to EMDR, LI is an effective therapy for working with clients affected by trauma with less risk of re-traumatization than other cognitive-based therapies. By repetitively reviewing a timeline of the persons memory cues, people can experience freedom from past triggers and are more able to engage in present day with greater clarity and calm.
On top of this training, I have also had education in the following:
~ Mindfulness and Meditation
~ Experiential Art Therapy
~ the Enneagram Theory of Personality
~ Attachment Theory
~ Internal Family Systems
~ Narrative Therapy
~ The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy
~ Gestalt Therapy
~ Anti-Bias and White Awake Training
~ Indigenous Cultural Safety
In my work with all people, queer and feminist theory inform my practice and I am constantly looking for new ideas and insights to enhance the ways I support my clients.
The foundation of my work is grounded in evidence based approaches, including mindfulness, experiential art practices, and somatic (body) attunement. Mostly, though, I work hard to find the therapeutic style that works best for my clients. I foster a welcoming space for people from all walks of life, find delight in diversity, and work hard to affirm the dignity of all people.
My family and I now gratefully live, work, and study on the traditional and unceded territories of the Lekwungen Speaking-peoples, also known as Victoria.