Hello and welcome!
My name is Kala (Kay-la). I help people work through anxiety, low self-esteem, and shame. I recognize the importance of community. No one was born to be alone; we must support and strengthen one another. We all have different gifts, and mine include a compassionate heart, an eye for detail, and the ability to develop deep therapeutic relationships with my clients. My clients tell me that they like working with me because I am kind, supportive, and easy to connect with.
I use a compassionate approach that focuses on helping you develop a self-compassionate inner voice. We address factors in your life that make it difficult to create positive change, and I support you as you learn to lessen your anxiety, improve your self-esteem, and eliminate shame.
When I am not wearing my “counsellor” hat, I enjoy arts & crafts, soaking in the sunshine, cycling, reading, quoting The Lord of the Rings, and spending time with family and friends. I am a wife, daughter, mother, and friend. Although I have lived on Vancouver Island since 2006, I spent my childhood/adolescent years exploring Northern Canada, Honduras, and Nicaragua. My transient upbringing jumpstarted my compassionate curiosity, as I was fortunate enough to connect with people from various cultures and walks of life. Before starting my private practice, I spent 7 years working with people experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty in Victoria.
Education & Association
Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology – Yorkville University
Registered Clinical Counsellor – BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC)
As part of my commitment to lifelong learning, I regularly attend additional training sessions, and read current literature relevant to my work.