In addition to over ten years working as a counsellor, my personal and professional experiences also include human rights advocacy and work as a disability rights monitor.
I have worked as a counsellor in private practice and at a variety of non-profit organizations, including BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre, Vancouver Community College, and the Women’s Resources Centre. I am forever grateful for the eye-opening opportunity to work as a disability rights monitor for the BC Coalition for People with Disabilities and especially to all those participants who taught me so much by sharing their experiences.
As a counsellor living life with chronic illness and hearing loss for over 10 years, I understand far too well the many losses that can accompany chronic illness and other disabilities. My own personal experiences have led to my passion helping others, with and without disabilities, find and create new ways to not only cope in the face of challenge, but to build a life full of meaning and connection!
I have a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Counselling Psychology from UBC (BA in Psychology from SFU) and am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. In 2010, I completed the Online Counselling Certificate Program through the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Social Work.
Why Choose a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC)?
“The RCC designation is your guarantee that a counselling professional has met rigorous training [Masters-level], experience and supervision requirements.”
“RCCs are held accountable to their clients through the BCACC’s Code of Ethical Conduct, Standards of Clinical Practice, and its complaints, investigation and disciplinary procedures.”
“All RCCs must pass a Criminal Record Check and carry professional liability insurance.”
“A Registered Clinical Counsellor can help you get a better understanding of your issues and concerns in order to enhance your self-growth, personal effectiveness, relationships, and your general mental health and well-being.”
My registration with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (member #1828, Lorraine Irlam) can be verified on the BCACC website.
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