About Robbie

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about-robbieI am a registered clinical counsellor, certified EMDR therapist, and level 2 sensorimotor psychotherapist. My background in the helping profession includes community work at SHARE Family and Community Services, where I counselled in both the Adult and Youth Substance Use and the Fee for Service programs with adults, youth, and families who struggle with a wide range of issues. In this capacity, I also provided clinical supervision, group facilitation, trainings to frontline service workers, and structured training to graduate level interns in trauma and addictions. I also enjoyed working with the Crisis and Trauma Institute (CTRI) providing professional development trainings to other helping professionals in Vancouver and throughout the province.

Having benefited from the practice of meditation for 25 years, I came to the field of clinical counselling from my previous work as a yoga and meditation instructor. I wanted to grow my scope of ability to serve others, and to understand more fully how to help people on their own terms. Daily I experience the privilege of witnessing people recover their rightful sense of freedom and happiness. Because of this, I love the work I do.

Master of Counselling, City University of Seattle
Master of Arts, Eastern Religious Studies/ Anthropology, University of Toronto
Bachelor of Arts, Eastern Religious Studies, University of British Columbia

Professional Certifications and Trainings

• Registered member of the BCACC (#8123), British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors
• Certification in process - Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
• Certified EMDR practitioner (certification date Oct. 22 2019)
• EMDR Basic and advanced trainings, including Preverbal EMDR with Katie O'shea, EMDR advanced training with Andrew Leeds, EMDR for Personality Disorders with Dolores Mosquera, and other relevant trainings (2016- ongoing)
• Internal Family Systems, Online year-long trainings, 2017 and 2018.
• Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Emotional Processing, Meaning Making, and Attachment Repair (level II 2013- Dec. 2014) with Janina Fisher
• Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for the treatment of Trauma (level I certificate 2012; with Janina Fisher
• Fraser Health Core Addictions Practice Training (Jan 9-14, 2013), certificate
• Meditation Instructor certificate (1998), International Meditation Institute, HP, India
• Motivational Dialogue Training (2 days) June 2013
• Training in the Treatment of Trauma (1 year- webinar with Janina Fisher, level 1)
• FIT (CDOI) Training (full day), Coquitlam, January 2013
• Change Summit, Harrison Hot Springs, January 2013
• AEDP- Accelerated Experiential Dyadic Processing, with Dianna Fosha, 
• Narrative Therapy Conference TCX, Full day workshop with Jill Freedman: Working with 
Interrupted or Lost Storylines, May 2012
• Counselling Addictions Training, Share Family and Community Services, 2010
• Narrative Therapy Conference, “Therapeutic Conversations 09”, certificate, 2010
• Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for the prevention of depression relapse, 
Participant-observer at Vancouver General Hospital, 2009-2010