When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. Viktor E. Frankl
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.
Vanessa is currently not accepting new clients. Please feel free to book with other available counselors. You can see the list at the top of our online booking page
As a counselor, 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 help clients build a personal toolbox of helpful and practical coping skills. Using a collaborative approach, I support my clients in identifying personal values, strengths and resources they can use to pursue their goals.
My education includes a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Psychology and a Masters of Counselling (Applied Psychology). I have worked in the community mental health field in several settings, including disability treatment programs, residential treatment homes, and mental health crisis response services.
At this time, I provide counselling services to adolescents and adults who have experienced anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, stress, and interpersonal difficulties.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Beginners. Online course with Psychwire.
Motivational Interviewing. Online Course with Psychwire.
Foundations: 5 Day Narrative Therapy Practice Training Certificate. Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy
CBT for Depression. Online course with the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Essentials of the CBT: Beck Approach. Online course with the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy
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)