Vanessa Driedger, M.C., Certified Canadian Counsellor

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”

-Viktor E. Frankl

My Approach

As a counsellor, I strive to listen closely and compassionately. My focus is on helping youth and adults untangle life’s complexities within a safe therapeutic environment. I support clients in discovering and exploring core beliefs that influence their lives with the help of empirically supported cognitive-behavioural interventions. My practice is informed by person-centered therapy and mindfulness-based approaches. I also integrate emotional regulation strategies into therapy to build a personal toolbox of helpful and practical coping strategies. Using a collaborative approach, I help my clients identify valuable strengths and resources they can use to pursue their goals.

Educational and Professional Background

My education includes a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Psychology and a Masters of Counselling (Applied Psychology). I have 7 years of experience working in the community mental health field in a variety of settings, including disability treatment programs, residential treatment homes, criminal justice programs, and mental health crisis response services.

I am passionate about working with people who experience symptoms of anxiety and depression, and who struggle with the effects of grief and loss. I also have experience working with youth and adults with a variety of emotional and behavioural concerns.

Additional Training and Membership

Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) Professional Member

Childhood Trauma Training

Trauma Competency Training: Traumatic Stress, Grief and Loss

Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)

Standard First Aid and CPR (AED)