Hello, I’m Steph, my ancestors are from Poland and Ukraine, and I respectfully hold space on the unceded territories of Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish, and Shishalh Nations. I have worked for the past 13 years in community mental health serving folks in Vancouver who have been diagnosed with various psychiatric and mood conditions such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. In addition to offering therapeutic counselling services here at MVIC, I also work part-time with a local community health centre offering support to elders and their families to connect with home support health care, community resources, assisted living, and long-term care. I have received a bachelor’s degree in social work from Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in social work from the University of Victoria as well as several supplementary training certificates in the areas of mental health, grief and loss, and suicide prevention.

It is an honour for me listen, to hold space for your story, and to support your personal, complex, and ever-evolving journey. My approach to practice is fundamentally strengths-based, trauma-informed, and deeply rooted by relationship and trust. My hope is that in our sessions together, we can build an environment of safety where you feel supported to explore your experiences, thoughts, feelings, and reflections in a way that is meaningful to you which contributes positively towards a holistic sense of balance, deeper self-compassion and understanding.

I look forward to meeting and connecting with you.