ABOUT SPENCER

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MY PHILOSOPHY

My approach to counselling is integrative. I understand that each client requires an approach individual to them. Each client is unique, and comes with their own set of strengths and areas for growth. I believe that we all deserve to experience connection, empathy, attunement and safety with our therapist.

My approach draws from attachment theory, interpersonal neurobiology, eye-movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR), accelerated experiential dynamic psychotherapy (AEDP), lifespan integration and internal family systems (IFS). Intertwined throughout my use of all of these approaches is a body-centered, mindful approach.

 

This means that I work with you to understand what is keeping you stuck, why you feel lost, what is getting in your way, why you are feeling unlike yourself, how your past experiences affect your life now while also tuning in to your body and how it has been impacted by your experiences.

My belief is that the difficulties we experience stem from a few different places. I see "symptoms" as adaptations that we use to survive in our environment. Not getting our needs met as children (as well as any other attachment wounds that occur throughout our life) often has a significant impact on us. I understand that we all carry self-limiting beliefs that impede our ability to thrive. 

Change occurs through relational healing, undoing aloneness, developing secure attachments, processing old traumatic experiences that are keeping us stuck as well as with the help of our ever-healing brains!

I work in-person in South Surrey and online. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

SPECIALIZATIONS

​I work with individuals who want to be supported through their journey of healing and self-discovery.

 

We often feel as though we get in our own way. We know things could be better but aren't quite sure how to get there. I support individuals on their journey of self-improvement, helping them identify patterns that are keeping them stuck.

 

Some of the areas I work with include:

  • Self-limiting beliefs (e.g. perfectionism, self-doubt, imposter syndrome)

  • Life transitions 

  • Self-growth (e.g. learning about oneself, identifying/moving past old patterns, feeling stuck, getting clearer on values, goals)

  • Relationship/Interpersonal difficulties

  • Self-compassion

  • Highly Sensitive People

  • Anxiety

  • Relationship Anxiety/ Relationship OCD

  • Childhood/Relational trauma

BIOGRAPHY

I received my Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Ottawa and a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. 

I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and am in good standing with the BCACC. I am also accredited as a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) and am in good standing with the CCPA.

I have had the opportunity to work with a wide range of individuals supporting them on their path of healing and self-discovery. 

Before stepping foot into my role as a therapist, I worked as an Early Childhood Educator. I saw first hand how large of a role attachment plays both in children and in adults. I believe that this has had a large role in my interest in the impact that childhood experiences and attachment wounds have on us.

I consider myself an introvert. I enjoy spending my spare time at home with close friends, exercising, listening to my favourite podcasts (Other People's Problems and Shrink Chicks!) or cozying up to watch a movie. 

MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE IN THERAPY

I didn't feel as though my "About Me" page would be complete without acknowledging my own experience in therapy. 

For years, I struggled with anxiety, relationship anxiety and depression, along with self-limiting beliefs that prevented me from feeling secure and like my true self. 

 

Through my work in my own therapy, I was able to become aware of what was behind these struggles and what was holding me back. The implementation of self-compassion, radical self-acceptance and mindfulness have been crucial for me in my own healing.