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Meet Dimi

Hi, my name is Dimi (she/her)

Hi, my name is Dimi (she/her). I hold a Master of Counselling (MC) degree and am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (R. C. C.).  It is my belief that we heal in and through relationship. Self-discovery and healing is a journey you don’t have to take alone. I offer a compassionate, empathetic, and non-judgemental space that prioritizes building a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship. My focus is on somatic, relational, and trauma-informed support so that you can heal your past, find relief in the present and embrace your most authentic Self.

In the face of overwhelming experiences, it’s understandable that we attempt to armour ourselves from the world using a variety of (often unconscious) protective and avoidance strategies that can eventually give rise to dysfunctional patterning. My work focuses on creating a compassionate, safe, and mindful container where vulnerable material can emerge without becoming overwhelming. My approach is holistic in nature and takes into consideration the mind-body connection as well as recent research in the field of neuroscience and trauma. I utilize body-oriented interventions (and Polyvagal-informed approaches) such as Somatic Experiencing® (SE™), Integrative Somatic Therapy Practice (ISTP™) and NeuroAffecting Touch® (NA Touch®) to help clients regulate, renegotiate, and heal rather than re-live or re-enact trauma.

I strive to create an open and inclusive environment that hones your natural capacity for deep healing. It is courageous to initiate an inquiry into the Self. I would be honoured to walk alongside you in your journey.

 

 

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Education & Training

  • Master of Counselling (MC), City University of Vancouver
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminology (BA Crim), University of Alberta
  • Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy – Dr. Dennis Tirch & Dr. Laura Silberstein
  • Integrated Somatic Therapy Practice™ (ISTP™, level 3) – Ratha Chek, MC, CYT, RCC
  • NeuroAffective Touch® Foundation Training (Module 3 completion) – Dr. Aline LaPierre
  • Somatic Experiencing® (SE™) Professional Training (Intermediate Level) – Berns Galloway, MEd, CCC, SEP & Linda Stelte, Med, CCC, SEP
  • Somatic Interventions for Chronic Pain & Syndromes – Dr. Peter Levine & Dr. Diane Poole Heller
  • Introduction to CBT and Mindfulness – Beck Institute
  • Heartmath: The Heart Mastery Program, Esalen Institute – Dr. Robert Browning
  • Meditation Teacher Training, Moment Meditation – Hiroko Demichelis, RCC
  • Positive Neuroplasticity Training and Professional Development Course – Dr. Rick Hanson
  • Psychedellic Skills for Practitioners – Richard Tyo, BSocSC, RP 
  • Embodied Boundaries and Dignity – Jane Clapp, RT(Q)
  • Traumatic Stress and Breathe – Jane Clapp, RT(Q)
  • Therapeutic Touch (level 1) – Cheryl Larden, RN, BSN
  • Intimate Partner Violence – Ratha Chek, MC, CYT, RCC
  • Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) – Sarah Javis, MA, RCC
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – Dr. Kasim Al-Mashat
  • The Neuroscience of Mindfulness-Based Meditation: An Integration of Science and Practice, UCSD Centre of Mindfulness – Dr. Fadel Zeidan
  • Nervous System Reset & Smart Body Smart Mind programs – Irene Lyon, MSc
  • Compassionate Inquiry (short course) – Gabor Mate

 

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