Registered Clinical Counsellor #13541
Darcy helps children, adolescents, and families nurture their strengths and restore their sense of well-being. Through her background as a teacher and school counsellor, Darcy has an in-depth understanding of child development and the various challenges school-aged children can face. She specializes in working with youth who experience anxiety, low self-esteem, emotional dysregulation, trauma, grief and loss, family transitions (separation, divorce, remarriage), and addictions. Darcy also has experience with ASD, ADD/ADHD, and selective mutism.
Darcy approaches counselling with a wide-angle lens. She seeks to understand her clients’ connections with others and how these relationships influence their sense of self. Her therapeutic approach is strengths-based and solution-focused. She works collaboratively with clients to externalize problems and build their toolbox of strategies to overcome obstacles.
In practice, Darcy regularly uses Mindfulness practices and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to facilitate connection between mind, feelings and behaviour. She focuses on helping individuals identify and accept all emotions, to build tolerance of the discomfort that accompanies some feelings with the goal of increasing resilience. With younger children, Darcy often uses art therapy and non-directed play therapy. Much of Darcy’s approach is influenced by her own positive experience receiving counselling to deal with grief and family members with addictions.
Darcy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, a Master of Arts in Counselling and is a registered member of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. She has worked professionally with children, adolescents and families for over 15 years in schools and community settings such as BC Families in Transition, Options Pregnancy Centre and South Island Centre for Counselling and Training.
Darcy has lived in Victoria since childhood and began pursuing her dream to travel by cycling across Canada. She went on to live in Japan and tour Asia for three years. Her love for adventure and her curiosity about other cultures and tasty cuisine continues to inspire Darcy’s plans for the future. She and her husband are currently immersed in the joys and challenges of raising their two young children.
See Darcy for individual and group counselling for children, adolescents, and families.