There is a quiet voice inside you saying that life can be better than this.
Maybe your challenges have been building for some time, or maybe you’ve felt stuck, stagnant, bored with your life for longer than you’d like to admit. Maybe the feelings, memories, or fears you’ve been living with are getting louder, and won’t leave you alone anymore. Maybe someone has made you feel small, worthless, or insignificant. Guess what – you’re not crazy, and you’re not alone.
The reason I chose “Kinetic Counselling” is because, for me, counselling is about movement – harnessing your potential to move in your chosen direction of health, growth, and wholeness.
We do not stop growing, and we are always moving in one direction or another – it just might not be where you want to go. Let’s redirect you towards meaningful growth, silencing the clutter of other people’s opinions, and living the life you imagine.
"Olivia has been a very important part of my journey the last couple of years. She supports and encourages me in the times life is going well; and she never fails to give me the tools I need to keep going when I feel like I cannot. Her kindness, compassion and honesty make every appointment with her an excellent one!" -Stacey
My knowledge and experience are built on a foundation of trauma-informed, anti-oppressive and feminist approaches. My work in the non-profit sector focused on women and children/youth who had experienced violence, either in a relationship or in the context of sexualized assault. I have been privileged to learn much from survivors of violence and am honored to bring this experience into my current practice.
My passion is in helping people to see that their experiences do not occur in a vacuum; they may have felt isolated, but there were factors at work far beyond their internal experience that are incredibly important and influential. When we can explore the context of a person’s experience (traumatic or otherwise), we can easily see that they are not inherently flawed – we can “zoom out” to see the bigger picture. How has your life been impacted by those around you? By our culture and society? How might your social location (your gender/ culture/ race/ sexuality/ religion/ etc) relate to the oppression and/or struggles you have faced?
In counselling sessions, I use a combination of modalities to support individuals’ growth; I draw on skills from training in narrative, feminist, trauma-informed, response-based and structural approaches. I also utilize cognitive behavioral skills, dialectical behavioral skills, and strengths-based practice. The methods by which I support each person depend on their unique circumstances and experiences. Truly, sometimes what has the most impact is bearing witness to a person’s pain, and holding space for them to share their feelings and experiences without judgment.
I hold a Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW) and am a Registered Social Worker (RSW) with the BCCSW. I am an approved service provider with Crime Victims Assistance Program (CVAP), the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), and the Autism Funding Unit (AFU) for Family Therapy. Many extended health programs also cover the services of Registered Social Workers (RSW).
The messages we give ourselves sound a bit like this:
“Other people have bigger problems/traumas than me.”
“I should be over this by now.”
“I can handle this on my own.”
“I just need to be stronger.”