Nadine is a registered social worker (#08802) with a masters degree in social work and post graduate certificates in holistic expressive play therapy and Aboriginal Family Systems.
As a social work counsellor therapist, Nadine brings to the team counselling approaches that are person-centred, holistic, response-based and which locate the problems people experience within the sociopolitical context of our society and community. She recognizes that the bigger issues we face as a society often contribute to the ways people experience “problems”. She is trained and experienced in bringing holistic expressive play therapy approaches into the therapy room (play, art, movement, sand tray, and puppets).
Nadine has been working in the counselling field since 2001, primarily with children, youth, adults, and parents responding to abuse, neglect, trauma, grief and loss, foster care and attachment in community non profit settings. She feels a deep privilege to give back to the community she grew up in through these efforts of joining people in a counselling relationship. Nadine also appreciates the opportunity to join individuals who are working through life transitions, crisis, separation/divorce, and families looking to support themselves and their children through these experiences. She is also consistently engaging in community to build her ongoing capacity to work in a culturally safe way with diverse individuals and to ensure our wonderful Kamloops community – the powerful “meeting of the rivers” is a safe, inclusive place for all of us to live.
Nadine welcomes the opportunity to discuss and collaborate on how best to work together through counselling therapy.
Request Nadine’s Curriculum Vitae
- Roots: The Loops!
- Training: Social work, trauma focused cognitive behavioural, therapy, narrative therapy, expressive play therapy.
- Recommended book(s): The Birth House, Hunger Games.
- Areas of study and research: Cultural safety, social work education, narrative therapy, expressive play therapy.
- What is she doing when not working: Playing and relaxing with family/friends, kayaking, hiking, running, reading, cooking.
- Something she loves: The changing of the seasons.
- Ways to care for self: Resting, playing, eating, laughing, creating.
- Inspired by: Children and teenagers.
- Favourite quote: “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” (Anais Nin)