Hi, I’m Paula!
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Somatic Transformation Practitioner, specializing in the areas of Post-traumatic Growth and Healing, Anxiety and Depression, Relationships and Sexuality, Life Transitions, and Couple’s Counselling. My holistic approach to health and healing is primarily informed by my training in body-based approaches to working with trauma, including Somatic Transformation, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Somatic Experiencing. I’ve also studied other perspectives and approaches to trauma healing such as Jungian Psychotherapy and Dream Analysis, Mindfulness-Based Meditation practice, and Response-Based Counselling.
I am currently running a full-time Private Practice in Oak Bay, as well as doing some part time work for the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre. I spent 11 years working full-time as a Trauma Counsellor, Group Facilitator and Clinical Supervisor at the Center, along with my private practice work. Although I work primarily with women and Trans survivors of sexualized violence and abuse at VSAC, my private practice work has been quite diverse.
I also have several years experience working with both adults and youth navigating through various transitions, including Separation and Divorce. I have facilitated a number of groups at BC Families in Transition, including the Caught in the Middle program for children and adults, Parenting After Separation, and Evolutions for adults dealing with the grief and loss of separation and divorce. Additionally, I developed and facilitated the Single Again group for mid-life women recently separated.
My individual and group work at the Victoria Sexual Assault Center focused on healing from the trauma of sexualized violence and abuse. I facilitated groups such as Skills for Healing, Building Strengths, Boundaries and Communication, and Insights. I co-developed a 12 week group called Relationships and Sexuality that assists survivors to further explore and heal from the impact of sexualized violence on their current relationships and sexuality.
In my private practice, I focus on individual and couple’s counselling. I work with a variety of issues and concerns, and have an integrated approach to health and healing that is informed by both Eastern and Western practices. I have been practicing Kundalini Yoga for the past 25 years, and much of my work is influenced by my spirituality and embodiment practices. Although my primary modality is Somatic Transformation, I also utilize IFS (Internal Family Systems), meditation, hypnosis, visualization, energy work, EFT (tapping), and shamanic practice in my work with clients. With couples, I generally work from a model called Emotion Focused Therapy as well as from my background in Nonviolent Communication and Attachment.
I value equality, inclusivity, honesty, integrity, authenticity and transparency. I will work with you collaboratively to help you achieve your goals and guide you where you want to go.
I believe everyone has the right to live a safe, happy and fulfilling life. We are all born with the innate ability and capacity to heal and to reach our greatest potentials for self-actualization. It is both my honour and privilege to be able to assist and inspire you in your healing process to become who you really are — to live your best, most meaningful and authentic life.