Alia is not accepting any new clients at this time. Please contact to be added to her waitlist.
Mission & Approach
Throughout my life, I have learned that I have been given the gift of curiosity and interest in the stories of others, and my counselling journey began when I turned that curiosity inward - exploring the story of myself. My own lived experience and awareness toward what it means to be a human has allowed me to open myself up to others with empathy and compassion.
I identify as cis-female, able-bodied, second generation immigrant. I am Filipino-Canadian, and as a person of colour (POC), it is my purpose to also create a place for individuals in this community to be fully seen and heard.
Using a holistic approach integrated with evidence and strength-based practices, it is my hope for you that you discover your inner strength so that you are able to live a life that is meaningful for you.
I work from a person-centred, trauma informed lens in which I am always aware of your boundaries and level of safety and trust in the therapy room.
I also inform my work using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) practices where I support you in targeting any distressing thoughts, feelings, or behaviours, and shifting your relationship with those experiences so that you may come to a place of acceptance and live a life full of clarity and authenticity, as well as attachment theory where we explore the foundations of connection and how that shapes relationships with others.
Overall, I draw from mindfulness and somatic practices where we work together to increase your awareness to the present moment, without judgment to any accompanying sensations, using the wisdom of our bodies to ultimately add fulfillment and engagement throughout your life.
Trainings & Certifications
Somatic Experiencing - Beginning I, Beginning II, Beginning III
EMDR - Basic Training
Introduction to Nature-Based Therapy
Yoga Outreach - Yoga-Based Practices for Trauma
Gottman Method Couples Therapy - Level 1
AEDP Cascadia - Attunement in Action (AEDP with Youth)
Innervator Meditation Mentorship Program - Natalie Matias
*Services provided in English