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My Work Projects

Wolf Moon Counselling

Launched in 2024, Wolf Moon Counselling offers therapeutic counselling services to individuals and groups in Penticton and the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada.

When the hungry wolf within us calls to the moon for change to come... the moon lights our path, showing us the way. 

As a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor (RTC) with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada, I offer counselling as a meaningful opportunity for clients to develop a therapeutic relationship. I assist them with difficulties they may be experiencing in other relationships or within themselves. I support people with enhancing their self-knowledge, emotional acceptance, growth, and well-being. 

Together, we make use of relational, conversational, somatic, expressive, and educational methods and techniques that focus on mental wellness and adapting to the stressors of life. 

My practice is informed by a variety of counselling theories and orientations (such as psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, humanistic and person-centred, existential, multicultural, and social justice), research, ethical standards, human diversity, and a range of human traditions. During assessment, treatment, and evaluation of clients, I often use eclectic or holistic therapeutic methods and interventions to facilitate growth and functioning in a person's life. 

 

In counselling sessions, we explore a variety of topics including: developmental issues; personal and interpersonal problems; strengths and weaknesses; decision making; coping with crisis; personal insights and knowledge; feelings of inner conflicts; restructuring of feelings, beliefs, and concepts; needs and goals; relationships; and living a more satisfying and resourceful life.​

Please check out the Wolf Moon Counselling website to learn more: 

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Volition Vocational Rehabilitation Services Inc.

Launched in 2021 (first registered as Healing Roots BC Therapy Inc.), Volition Vocational is a project that began to first develop and test in the North Vancouver and Comox Valley, British Columbia markets. It was a response to the gap in demand and supply for high-quality, timely, effective, and flexible vocational rehabilitation and therapeutic counselling services with virtual support. It serves people experiencing disabilities, health and medical conditions, illnesses, injuries, impairments, limitations, and/or barriers by empowering them with tools to achieve their personal, career, and independent living goals for quality of life.

As the founder and owner, I have been responsible for all aspects of the start up and implementation of this small business project. This includes creating business plans, strategy, branding, vision/mission/values, policy, leadership, management, operations, marketing, sales, customer service, and budget/financial accounting.

 

We have generated leads by experimenting with various digital strategies including Google search, Psychology Today, other online referral sources; securing contracts as a provider and vendor through provincial/federal government and insurance programs; and continuous improvements in our process (initial consultations, referrals, intake interviews, assessments, planning, counselling, interventions, closure, and more) with clients to determine best practices to support our clients' needs and goals.

Please check out the Volition Vocational website to learn more: 

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Advanced Medical Healthcare Equipment Inc.

Launched in 2018, Advanced Medical is a one stop shop for home healthcare accessibility and mobility equipment for living safely and independently at home.

 

They're based in West Vancouver, BC. They offer rentals and sales, home safety consultations, repairs and maintenance, delivery and installations, and more.

 

As a Healthcare Rehabilitation Consultant in 2018 to 2020, I contributed to a variety of projects, including: content for their online store product inventory; designing and implementing their home safety assessment and consultation service; and editing/writing content for their blog pages. 

Please check out the Advanced Medical website to learn more:

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Noble Path Wellness LLC.

Launched in 2017, Noble Path provided evidence-based, integrative health and wellness rehabilitation coaching services for Washingtonians with disabilities, chronic disease or illness, and mental health or psychosocial conditions. Their 1-on-1 and group coaching sessions empowered people by facilitating a process for taking action to achieve their goals for lifestyle and behavior change.

 

Their vision was of all people with the support, resources, strengths, motivation, and capabilities to lead a self-reliant lifestyle inspired by activities that improve health, vitality, and well-being.

 

As a founder and certified health coach, I led the business planning and development stage of their start-up program and services. I initiated several contracts to deliver Health Home care coordinator and health coaching services to eligible participants.

Please check out the Noble Path Coaching website to learn more: 

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GoodTherapy LLC.

Launched in 2007, GoodTherapy.org is a top online therapist directory used by millions of people to find therapists and counselors, rehab and residential treatment centers, and mental health resources.

 

Visitors can search their directory to find a qualified therapist near them, to access mental health services and professionals around the world. They offer members a variety of benefits including: referrals, continuing education, publication opportunities, marketing practice consultation, data and performance tracking, personalized support, and more. Therapist members can list their profile practice and get found on the first page of Google results for most local searches.

 

As a Business Development and Partnerships Manager, I led initiatives for the business development and marketing partnership programs from 2010 to 2013. This included intensive digital marketing strategy, outreach, and link building for search engine optimization.

 

As part of my Master's degree capstone research project, I developed a non-profit business feasibility and strategic plan for the Good Therapy Foundation, which later evolved into their Good Cause program to support and promote specific non-profit organizations with donations.

 

I created the first partnership program with a set of standards, requirements, and contracts for negotiating collaborative, mutually beneficial proposals. I secured their first (and remaining) partnership with PsychTests AIM Inc. to incorporate psychology tests as a benefit (with free and paid versions) for visitors to the website.

Please check out the Good Therapy website to learn more:

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Sustainability in Prisons Project

The Sustainability in Prisons Project (SPP) began informally in its early years at Cedar Creek Corrections Center in 2003 with Evergreen faculty member Nalini Nadkarni and superintendent Dan Pacholke. SPP later became an official partnership between The Evergreen State College (TESC) and Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC).

SPP's mission is to empower sustainable change by bringing nature, science, and environmental education into prisons. The project was a response to the crises of ecological degradation and mass incarceration. It aims to reduce recidivism while improving human well-being and ecosystem health. SPP brings together incarcerated individuals, scientists, corrections staff, students, and program partners to promote education, conserve biodiversity, practice sustainability, and help build healthy communities. Together, they reduce the environmental, economic, and human costs of prisons.

SPP has won numerous awards, including recognition as a Semifinalist in the 2015 Innovations in American Government Awards. In 2010 it was honored with a Bright Idea award by the same organization, Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. 

As a TESC student in the MPA program, I became a Graduate Assistant for SPP in 2009. I helped the DOC to improve the sustainability of its facilities through carbon footprint studies, strategic planning, and reporting with then Deputy Director Dan Pacholke and Sustainability Coordinator Julie Vanneste. I also worked with Jeff Muse, SPP's first Program Manager and other TESC master's students to collaborate on environmental education, conservation, sustainable operations, community contributions, and restorative nature programs.

Please check out the Sustainability in Prisons Project website to learn more:

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Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission: 
Millersylvania & Tolmie State Parks

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission was created by the legislature as the Washington State Board of Park Commissioners in 2013.

Millersylvania State Park is an 903-acre camping park with 3,300 feet of freshwater shoreline on Deep Lake. Many of the park structures, including the kitchen shelters, were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s. It has two swimming beaches, miles of forested hiking and biking trails, watercraft launches, and non-motorized watercraft rentals. 

The Millersylvania Retreat Center is an 80+ acre group reservation area with lodge and cabins that sit amongst tall cedar and fir trees on the shores of Deep Lake just south of Olympia, Washington. There are miles of hiking trails throughout the park as well as swimming, fishing, canoeing, and more.

 

Tolmie State Park is a 154-acre, marine day-use park with 1,800 feet of saltwater shoreline on Puget Sound. The park offers a variety of beach activities and an underwater park that contains an artificial reef built in cooperation with scuba divers. Tolmie also features a saltwater marsh and abundant wildlife.

As a Parks Intern at Tolmie State Park in 2003, I learned parks management skills, developed a self-guided native plant interpretive trail project with posts, signage, and brochures. 

 

As a Park Ranger and Retreat Center Manager (2005-2010), I was responsible for protecting, preserving and enhancing Millersylvania and Tolmie state parks and over 1,000 acres of natural resources. I ensured the safety and welfare of over 500,000 annual park visitors.  I performed law enforcement, public administration, maintenance, resource stewardship, supervision, and interpretation.

Please check out the WSPRC website pages to learn more:

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