I’ve always known that I would be a therapist one day because I believe this profession chose me from the time I was very young. I pursued my MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Trinity Western University with hopes of obtaining a degree that not only focused on the individual, but on the web of relationships in our lives, and how they impact our internal body, heart, mind and soul. As I studied, I became aware that Virginia Satir’s philosophy of humanity and style of therapy was a fit for me, as her work is experiential, positively directional, and change focused. Her theory of humanity is one of hope and growth, and our being naturally desiring to move towards wellness the best way that we know how, at any moment in time. "Over the years, I have developed a picture of what a human being living humanely is like. She is a person who understands, values and develops her body, finding it beautiful and useful; a person who is real and is willing to take risks, to be creative, to manifest competence, to change when the situation calls for it, and to find ways to accommodate to what is new and different, keeping that part of the old that is still useful and discarding what is not.” – Satir
As a therapist, I approach each client from a place of curiosity about the resources they hold within themselves to move toward connection and wholeness. My experience with individuals, couples, families and children has continued to affirm my belief that it is our relationship with our first primary attachment figures that form our sense of self, others and the world. Therefore, it is in strengthening and renewing connection with self and others that transformation has room to take place. This can happen within those relationships, and this can also be transformed within the self when those relationships don't provide the safety for deep emotional work. It is in creating a loving relationship with your whole being, body, heart, mind and soul that transformation starts to take place. I take my clients on a journey of discovering how to be in relationship with the parts of them that they have been cut off from, or not paid attention to, and this often involves body and breath work, as many of us are unaware of our relationship with our body.
It was after getting my degree and having my first child that I became aware of my desire to merge these two passions in my life; specializing in Prenatal and Postpartum stressors, grief and trauma. As this seed has continued to grow in my heart so has my family as we have created 4 beautiful children, 3 of which are with us. Each of my experiences in pregnancy, birth and loss have been varied and unique as I grew in awareness of myself, my body and my child. Through my profession and my experience as a mama I have come to appreciate how the relationship between mother and child starts from conception, can be impacted in birth and continues through in life and loss.
While continuing to work with all people for the past 10 years, I have a special interest and training in trauma and somatic body/breath work, trauma informed yoga for healing, prenatal and post partum stress, grief, and trauma, play therapy, couples therapy, and family therapy.
She is a Registered Clinical Counselor with the BC Association of Clinical Counselors (Registration #3339). She has been working in the field of psychotherapy since 2005. She has been trained as a clinical supervisor through the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy supervision course. She acted as clinical supervisor to both practicum and internship students at Trinity Western University in the Marriage and Family Therapy MA program for 8 years. Currently she owns, operates and clinically supervises a team of 7 associate therapists and intern students through her work at Re.Pose Therapy.
As continued education, research and supervision is a core value of hers, Danielle continues to be trained extensively in the services she provides.
Education & Trainings
Emotionally Focused Family Therapy - Mental Health Foundations
Emotionally Focused Couples and Family Therapy – Vancouver Couples and Family Institute
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing - Emdria
Compassionate Inquiry - Gabor Mate
Satir Systemic Transformational Therapy (level 1 & 2)– Satir Institute
Trauma, Attachment and Neuroscience - Bessel Vanderkolk
The Power of Self Compassion – Kristen Neff and Chris Germer
Somatic Respiratory Integration – Satir Institute
The Connect Parent Group – Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre
Adolescents, Attachment, Anxiety – Satir Institute
Trauma Therapy – Satir Institute
Childhood Sexual Abuse – Satir Institute
Neuroscience and the Sandtray – Satir Institute
Play Therapy with Marie Jose Dhase – Justice Institute
Making Sense of Anxiety – Neufeld Institute
Trauma Sensitive Yoga Therapy – Fine Balance Yoga (The Trauma Centre)
Understanding Abuse – MCC Canada
Contact Danielle: firstname.lastname@example.org