I have selected some of the books and websites I find most useful in my counselling work for self-learning, growth as well as awareness of helpful workshops and courses.

Marriage & Relationships:

Hold Me Tight by Sue Johnson

The Seven Principles for Making a Marriage Work by John Gottman & Nan Silver

Passionate Marriage by David Snarch

The Dance of Connection by Harriet Lerner

Getting Past the Affair by Snyder, Baucom, and Gordon

Resurrecting Sex by David Snarch



Personal Growth & Mental Health:

Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

DBT Workbooks




Hold On to Your Kids by Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Maté

Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child by John Gottman & Julie Gottman

Parenting from the Inside out by Daniel Siegle & Mary Hartzell


Workshops / Speaking

Carlene has been involved in a variety of teaching, facilitating and public speaking roles throughout her career. She enjoys leading groups, workshops, and is skilled in guiding the dynamics of group conversations to enrich the learning of those participating. She believes in interactive learning that is targeted towards the participants’ needs in order to create active understanding of new information and skills. Carlene can work with you to develop an engaging and relevant experience for your group or organization.

  • Communication Workshop – Strathcona Family Practice Residents – 2015
  • Developed & Co-Facilitated Groups and Workshops in the community on the topics of: Disordered Eating, Stress & Time Management, Burnout in Caregivers, Transition to Marriage, Transition to University
  • Teaching Assistant for UBC Medical Students on Practical Training in Sexual Dysfunction and for SFU Psychology Students in Social Psychology, History of Psychology and Research Methods.
  • Guest Speaker:
    • Burnaby Counselling Group Fundraiser Dinner
    • Simon Fraser University’s 40th Anniversary Philosopher’s Café
    • Simon Fraser University’s Graduation Ceremony Valedictorian
    • Simon Fraser University’s Varsity Athletics Awards Gala
    • Simon Fraser University’s First Year Orientation
    • Oak Bay Secondary School’s & Queen Margaret’s Athletic Banquets