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Deanna's journey to becoming a counsellor began with her long-standing career in emergency services. With over 20 years of providing front-line support to emergency service personnel and individuals in crisis, Deanna effectively identifies and communicates subtle connections between problems. She wanted to expand on that ability in a way that could benefit others long term, which led her to this profession.


Deanna's therapeutic approach is rooted in integrative therapy, meaning she draws from various modalities to create a healing framework unique to the client's needs. She believes it is her role to uphold a client's right to self-determination while helping them discover the thoughts and experiences that keep them in a fixed state of dis-ease. Deanna acknowledges it takes immense courage for clients to be curious about what is troubling them, and she engages each session with gratitude and genuine care. Simply, she believes that people begin to heal when they are heard.


Deanna graduated from the University of Northern British Columbia in 2020 with a degree in Social Work. That same year she began her studies in the Master of Social Work program and anticipates completion in April of 2024. Deanna has been a registered social worker since 2022 and specializes in working with adult individuals encountering trauma, relationship issues, and different types of presenting concerns for each.


Deanna has chosen to expand her knowledge, skills, and abilities by becoming certified in the following:

Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD (CPT-PTSD)

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

Grief Treatment

Socratic Dialogue in the Treatment of PTSD


Deanna is affiliated and in good standing with these entities:

British Columbia College of Social Workers (BCCSW; RSW #15691)

British Columbia Association of Social Workers (BCASW)

British Columbia Hear the Child Society (BCHTC)

Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW)

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