Crystal graduated from the University of British Columbia with a masters degree in social work. She is registered with the BC College of Social Workers and a registered clinical counsellor through the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. Crystal is a certified EMDR therapist and an Approved EMDR consultant. She is an active member of consulting EMDR (Eye movement desensitization reprocessing) group. She is also the Regional Coordinator for EMDR for Vancouver.
She has over twenty years of experience working with youth, families, and adults within the private and the mental health continuum for public health care. She has a strong background in addictions treatment, prevention, and has worked as a clinician, team leader, and educator for mental health. Her area of expertise is the treatment of complex trauma and PTSD using EMDR.
She has worked on the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, Canada’s poorest postal code, and has pioneered the use of EMDR with Concurrent Disordered clients, a population previously thought to be too unstable to benefit. She has empowered these clients to manage their most severe PTSD symptoms through a psycho-educational and skills-based group called Making Sense of Trauma. The group’s success led to over 100 graduates in three years.
She has used an intensive EMDR template (Four days of three-hour sessions) for treating the post-traumatic injury with First Responders and Military for the BC OSI Veteran Affairs clinic.
Crystal is also an educator and has facilitated workshops about Trauma-Informed Practice in both the public and private sectors. She was a guest speaker at St Paul’s Psychiatric Rounds Department, UBC School of Social Work, as well as primary care clinics in Vancouver Coastal Health.
She recently spoke at EMDR Canada on using EMDR with First Responders and Police in an intensive model.