I've called Prince George home for the majority of my life. I started my academic journey with a BA from Trinity Western University (English, Phys. Ed.). For the past 25+ years I've worked as a teacher/ counsellor in School District #57. After teaching mainly English and Physical Education in high schools for 20 years, I enrolled at UNBC, where I graduated with a Masters degree in Education (Counselling Specialization) in 2018. I had long known that I wanted to be a counsellor - hopefully building stronger connections with students, than teaching had afforded me in the past.
My background in English Literature has helped me appreciate the way that stories are constructed. In my counselling practice, this means that while we can appreciate that everyone has a unique past story - it is more important to realize that we are
still in the process of writing future chapters.
I have a lifelong relationship with exercise and sports. I've spent many hours coaching basketball and cross-country running, from which I developed a keen interest in what motivates individuals and groups to reach their potential. I'm an avid runner & workout enthusiast, who is also convinced that healthy bodies lead to fostering healthy minds and hearts - ask me about "Walk & Talk" therapy options (I love it!)
The past two years have seen me embrace all sorts of counselling challenges. I've been working at Brazzoni & Associates as a mental health clinician - helping individuals, couples, and groups. On top of this, my career as a teacher has morphed into a becoming a part-time elementary school counsellor.
My counselling strategies are pretty straight forward and client- centred. I aim to provide a safe and confidential space for clients, where they can truly be heard. I'm a firm believer in the power of a growth mindset and the possibility of change - my favoured approaches tend to steer toward a focus on solution-focused therapy, emotion-focused therapy, motivational change, mindfulness, and narrative therapy.
My wife and I have been married for 30 years and we have 3 adult children. Me-time involves running, reading and learning.