Kirsten holds a Master of Social Work (Clinical Specialization) from the University of Calgary. Kirsten has been supporting adults, teens, and children in BC and Alberta for fifteen years. She provides therapy to individual clients and couples. Kirsten works with clients across the lifespan with diverse sexual and gender identities. Kirsten strives to create an open, safe and non-judgmental environment for all of her clients in which to explore their thoughts, feelings, and needs. Her therapeutic style is warm, accepting, collaborative, and inclusive.
Kirsten has specialized training in counselling clients of all ages impacted by trauma, sexualized violence, childhood abuse, and domestic violence, including training in the use of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy to help clients find healing from painful experiences. Kirsten also has extensive experience working with individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, PTSD, compassion fatigue, low self-esteem, relationship and family issues, chronic or sudden illness or disability, or experiencing feelings of being ‘stuck’ or ‘lost’ in their lives. Kirsten is a Certified Grief Counselling Specialist and is skilled in supporting adults, teens, and children in processing their grief, including when grief is traumatic or complex, and developing coping skills.
Kirsten also has a heartfelt interest in working with individuals and couples impacted by infertility and reproductive health issues, aiming to compassionately support them in their journey and to reduce their feelings of isolation. Kirsten is an active member of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society and Fertility Matters Canada.
Kirsten tailors her therapeutic approach based on each client’s therapeutic needs. She is primarily trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitization, and Reprocessing (EMDR), grief counselling, Mindfulness, Gottman Method, and feminist counselling theories.