Lani is not currently accepting any ICBC claims-connected clients
Lani (she/hers) believes in creating a warm and trusting space that can best support personal growth - one where clients are always encouraged to arrive at their own insights. She loves helping people discover and embrace strengths and resilience in order to achieve their goals and feel more connected to the people around them.
Lani is a relationship-focused counsellor passionate about helping people work through a range of struggles including relationship difficulties, sexual wellness, anxiety and stress. From an intersectional feminist lens, Lani seeks to help people enhance their communication and sense of connection with loved ones. Within her work, Lani honours diverse abilities and uses a variety of therapeutic tools including mindfulness, solution focused therapy, person centred therapy and motivational interviewing. Her main goal is to create safe and respectful spaces where clients can communicate their needs, desires and goals and fully express themselves without the risk of judgement.
Lani has worked in public health and counselling in a variety of capacities since 2005. As a trained workshop facilitator and leadership developer, Lani is extremely adept at helping people embrace their best communication and leadership skills.
Lani is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors and also happens to be a Registered Teacher with the British Columbia Teachers' Federation. This duality helps Lani approach wellness from both an educational and supportive standpoint.
Outside of Peak Resilience, Lani works at Vancouver Coastal Health as a Sexual Health Promotion Specialist and coordinates the BLUSH (Bold Learning for Understanding Sexual Health) Program.
Sexual Health Challenges
Sexual Wellness Curiosities
Motivation & Goal Setting
Strength Based Therapy
Solution Focused Therapy
Trauma Informed Therapy
What experience or background do you bring to your counselling and supervision practice that is uniquely yours?
I enjoy dispelling the myth that counsellors need to be infallible and serious, and delight in showcasing my quirky and vivacious personality. I've been told I'm rather approachable and believe my personality helps put people at ease (which, given quality counselling relies on being able to form a bond, I always take as an utmost compliment!). Therapy can sometimes be a bit tough, so the ability to offer some levity, when appropriate and supportive to a situation, can be everything.
What is your favourite thing about working closely with people every day?
I am in awe of clients who take the risk to trust me with their struggles, because it takes so much courage to be vulnerable. I also love being surrounded with people who were smart enough to override the myth that seeking counselling means they are broken. Instead, they recognize seeking support is a marker that they are strong enough to create the breakthroughs they know their lives deserve.
What is a personal challenge that you have overcome in your own life?
I began to struggle driving on highways and over bridges. I downplayed the severity of my increasing discomfort until I learned what a panic attack was while driving B.C.’s Coquihalla Highway (with no passenger to take the wheel, and with over 100km left to drive, I might add!). I had been proudly "highly-efficient" for so long (at the time, full time work and full time school) that it wasn't until my body began to manifest this cue that something wasn't right that I clued in that I needed support. A counsellor helped me appreciate my challenge for what it was: anxiety. The moment I began embracing, versus denying this anxiety, I felt a shift.
What have you learned from your work?
I learned how sharing one's story in the presence of an empathetic witness can, in itself, create a profoundly positive stride toward healing and cultivating self-compassion.