Transgender Therapists in Burnaby, BC

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Vanessa Fernando Counselling
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Burnaby, BC V3J
I'm a Registered Social Worker with a social justice oriented, anti-oppressive, and somatic lens. My areas of specialization include trauma, particularly sexual assault; intimate partner violence; and childhood abuse. I frequently (though not exclusively!) work with folks who identify as LGBTQ2S. I have been involved in community-based social justice work since my teens, and received my MSW from UBC in 2016.
I'm a Registered Social Worker with a social justice oriented, anti-oppressive, and somatic lens. My areas of specialization include trauma, particularly sexual assault; intimate partner violence; and childhood abuse. I frequently (though not exclusively!) work with folks who identify as LGBTQ2S. I have been involved in community-based social justice work since my teens, and received my MSW from UBC in 2016.
(604) 373-0416 View (604) 373-0416
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Jessica Kalia
Counsellor, RCC, MC, BA
Verified Verified
Burnaby, BC V3N
Counselling offers an opportunity for insight, growth and change. It can be a source of support and hope in times of difficulty or crisis. I believe in having a client- centered and strength based approach as well. I work with families, children, individuals and couples. My specializations include: suicide prevention and assessment, depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship concerns, parenting, grief, and ADHD. As each client is different and unique, I use an approach that works best for you. In my practice, I integrates techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, emotion focused therapy and solution focused therapy.
Counselling offers an opportunity for insight, growth and change. It can be a source of support and hope in times of difficulty or crisis. I believe in having a client- centered and strength based approach as well. I work with families, children, individuals and couples. My specializations include: suicide prevention and assessment, depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship concerns, parenting, grief, and ADHD. As each client is different and unique, I use an approach that works best for you. In my practice, I integrates techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, emotion focused therapy and solution focused therapy.
(604) 265-9791 View (604) 265-9791
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Rosanne Johnson Couselling
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
Burnaby, BC V5C
As a counsellor I offer therapy to the lesbian, gay, bisexual transgendered and straight community. I understand how important it is to to work with someone who understands the culture and lifestyle. I provide counselling to those struggling with past trauma or emotional pain, anxiety, depression, relationship struggles, problems coming out, or confusion and pain about sexual or gender identity. I use a variety of of proven counselling and therapy techniques to assist those in the LGBT and straight community to create meaningful and rich lives. As a relationship therapist I help people create healthy and fullfiling relationships.
As a counsellor I offer therapy to the lesbian, gay, bisexual transgendered and straight community. I understand how important it is to to work with someone who understands the culture and lifestyle. I provide counselling to those struggling with past trauma or emotional pain, anxiety, depression, relationship struggles, problems coming out, or confusion and pain about sexual or gender identity. I use a variety of of proven counselling and therapy techniques to assist those in the LGBT and straight community to create meaningful and rich lives. As a relationship therapist I help people create healthy and fullfiling relationships.
(855) 726-3232 View (855) 726-3232
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Ina Stockhausen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MTC
Verified Verified
Burnaby, BC V5A
These are unique and challenging times. We are faced with very real stressors that can trigger lots of anxiety. What is happening right now can also activate past trauma. Financial concerns, health concerns, worrying about loved ones, having to adjust to living with each other...it can bring out the best and the worst of us. If you have already been struggling with disconnect, unresolved conflict and hurt, or unhealthy ways of coping, now is the time to reach out. I have a very compassionate yet practical approach and focus on providing you with tools that will enable you to make positive life and love changes
These are unique and challenging times. We are faced with very real stressors that can trigger lots of anxiety. What is happening right now can also activate past trauma. Financial concerns, health concerns, worrying about loved ones, having to adjust to living with each other...it can bring out the best and the worst of us. If you have already been struggling with disconnect, unresolved conflict and hurt, or unhealthy ways of coping, now is the time to reach out. I have a very compassionate yet practical approach and focus on providing you with tools that will enable you to make positive life and love changes
(866) 362-6711 View (866) 362-6711
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At Ease Counseling - Leena Mehta
Counsellor, RCC, ACS, MSc
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Burnaby, BC V5C
Are you a perfectionist who works hard but feels like you didn’t do a good enough job? Do you find yourself feeling anxious while at work or in social situations? You struggle with low self esteem and sometimes worry about saying the wrong thing or embarrassing yourself in front of others. After work or a social gathering, you replay conversations and ruminate over what you could or should have said. Your self-talk is harsh and critical. Your goal is to feel less anxious, reduce ruminating over thoughts, and feel more in control of your thoughts. You also want to build your self esteem, increase self-kindness and self-acceptance.
Are you a perfectionist who works hard but feels like you didn’t do a good enough job? Do you find yourself feeling anxious while at work or in social situations? You struggle with low self esteem and sometimes worry about saying the wrong thing or embarrassing yourself in front of others. After work or a social gathering, you replay conversations and ruminate over what you could or should have said. Your self-talk is harsh and critical. Your goal is to feel less anxious, reduce ruminating over thoughts, and feel more in control of your thoughts. You also want to build your self esteem, increase self-kindness and self-acceptance.
(587) 871-5703 View (587) 871-5703
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Laurren Iacobellis
Counsellor, MC, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Burnaby, BC V5C
I love to help people recover from stress, depression, anxiety, unhealthy relationships, medical struggles and chronic pain. I offer free 20 minute phone consultations and sliding scale fees for people without extended health benefits. Whatever your struggle, you deserve a loving witness.
I love to help people recover from stress, depression, anxiety, unhealthy relationships, medical struggles and chronic pain. I offer free 20 minute phone consultations and sliding scale fees for people without extended health benefits. Whatever your struggle, you deserve a loving witness.
(289) 275-9525 View (289) 275-9525
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Versatility Counselling
Counsellor, MCP, RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Burnaby, BC V5C  (Online Only)
I am passionate about working with youth and young adults. I like to take a philosophical approach that targets the heart of emotional concerns. I believe that emotional well-being can be achieved through finding purpose and meaning in life. I enjoy helping my clients heal through building intimate connections, collaborating on finding meaningful activities, and addressing emotional challenges that may be holding them back from moving forward with their life.
I am passionate about working with youth and young adults. I like to take a philosophical approach that targets the heart of emotional concerns. I believe that emotional well-being can be achieved through finding purpose and meaning in life. I enjoy helping my clients heal through building intimate connections, collaborating on finding meaningful activities, and addressing emotional challenges that may be holding them back from moving forward with their life.
(604) 670-2865 View (604) 670-2865
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Dee Gill
Counsellor, MA, RCC, CCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Burnaby, BC V5H
Do you ever feel so overwhelmed and stuck in a life that you have no idea what to do next or get anxious about making a wrong decision that could worsen things? Worried about your teen's mental health? Suffering from ADHD, PTSD or depression? Struggling in your romantic relationships? We can help improve focus, reduce procrastination, anxiety reduction, improve functioning and mood, increase positive mindset, improve communication and overall well-being.
Do you ever feel so overwhelmed and stuck in a life that you have no idea what to do next or get anxious about making a wrong decision that could worsen things? Worried about your teen's mental health? Suffering from ADHD, PTSD or depression? Struggling in your romantic relationships? We can help improve focus, reduce procrastination, anxiety reduction, improve functioning and mood, increase positive mindset, improve communication and overall well-being.
(778) 761-3480 View (778) 761-3480
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Shanna Hickey Counselling
Counsellor, RCC
Verified Verified
Burnaby, BC V5C
I graciously meet you as an uninvited guest on the ancestral and unceded territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh speaking people. As an ally, it is my commitment to walk alongside you, in a good way. I approach my practice from a decolonized, relational, and anti-oppressive framework. I believe that you are the expert of your story and know your needs best. I am a cisgender woman with she/her pronouns and have Irish, Scottish, Welsh and French ancestry. I am grateful to share space and time with you on this territory.
I graciously meet you as an uninvited guest on the ancestral and unceded territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh speaking people. As an ally, it is my commitment to walk alongside you, in a good way. I approach my practice from a decolonized, relational, and anti-oppressive framework. I believe that you are the expert of your story and know your needs best. I am a cisgender woman with she/her pronouns and have Irish, Scottish, Welsh and French ancestry. I am grateful to share space and time with you on this territory.
(825) 435-1479 View (825) 435-1479
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Dawn Marie Thibeault
Counsellor, LLB, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
Burnaby, BC V5C
Registered Clinical Counselor (RCC) with a passion for enhancing mental health and promoting survivorship. and has supported a diverse clientele through a variety of challenges, including anxiety, depression, OCD, and addiction, to name a few. Her work extends to supporting individuals across different stages of life, from children and youth to adults and couples, focusing on individualized care tailored to each person's unique experiences and goals. ​
Registered Clinical Counselor (RCC) with a passion for enhancing mental health and promoting survivorship. and has supported a diverse clientele through a variety of challenges, including anxiety, depression, OCD, and addiction, to name a few. Her work extends to supporting individuals across different stages of life, from children and youth to adults and couples, focusing on individualized care tailored to each person's unique experiences and goals. ​
(672) 718-0155 View (672) 718-0155
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Alicia Claire Graham
Counsellor, RTC
Verified Verified
Burnaby, BC V5C
Accessing support is a radical act of courage—a step towards positive change. At Side by Side Counselling we welcome all experiences and histories, working together to navigate the challenges of life with ease. Drawing on the approaches of transpersonal psychology, somatic modalities, Bowen family systems, Gestalt therapy and person-centered therapy, we aim to find a path of understanding and support that best suits your needs and experiences.
Accessing support is a radical act of courage—a step towards positive change. At Side by Side Counselling we welcome all experiences and histories, working together to navigate the challenges of life with ease. Drawing on the approaches of transpersonal psychology, somatic modalities, Bowen family systems, Gestalt therapy and person-centered therapy, we aim to find a path of understanding and support that best suits your needs and experiences.
(579) 300-3027 View (579) 300-3027
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Carol Hodge
Counsellor, MC, RCC
Verified Verified
Burnaby, BC V5A
Hello, and welcome to my profile. I'm so glad you're here! Whether you are looking for relief from anxiety, support in managing grief or loss, coping with trauma, relationship struggles, life transitions, or whatever has brought you to search for a counsellor, I will strive to always meet you where you are at in your own unique process. It is my view, that therapy is best done when in a collaborative process with you- together we co-create your vision of your future and I have the honour and privilege of working alongside you as you courageously move through some of what may be holding you back.
Hello, and welcome to my profile. I'm so glad you're here! Whether you are looking for relief from anxiety, support in managing grief or loss, coping with trauma, relationship struggles, life transitions, or whatever has brought you to search for a counsellor, I will strive to always meet you where you are at in your own unique process. It is my view, that therapy is best done when in a collaborative process with you- together we co-create your vision of your future and I have the honour and privilege of working alongside you as you courageously move through some of what may be holding you back.
(778) 200-4363 View (778) 200-4363
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Clara Morgan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, RSW, RCC
Verified Verified
Burnaby, BC V5A
Feeling lost, exhausted, sad, always on edge, or traumatized? Feeling more emotional pain than joy in your relationship? Now is the time to reach out. If you are seeking to be relieved of tension or pain, feel happier, feel less stressed, and be able to move forward, the start of your journey is making a simple phone call or sending me a message. I will be honoured to hold your story carefully and respectfully, and collaborate with you until things improve or your suffering goes away altogether, depending on your goals. I am an LGBTQIA2S+ affirming therapist and provide a safe, non-judgmental space for clients to be themselves.
Feeling lost, exhausted, sad, always on edge, or traumatized? Feeling more emotional pain than joy in your relationship? Now is the time to reach out. If you are seeking to be relieved of tension or pain, feel happier, feel less stressed, and be able to move forward, the start of your journey is making a simple phone call or sending me a message. I will be honoured to hold your story carefully and respectfully, and collaborate with you until things improve or your suffering goes away altogether, depending on your goals. I am an LGBTQIA2S+ affirming therapist and provide a safe, non-judgmental space for clients to be themselves.
(604) 203-7667 View (604) 203-7667
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Lilet Duivenvoorden
Registered Psychotherapist, MA, RP, RPC, MPCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Burnaby, BC V3J  (Online Only)
I think every person has issues from time to time in their life that may benefit from the support of a non-judgemental and non-biased opinion. I believe that I can help you work through your difficulties by helping you find solutions to those problems. It is my goal to offer you with the tools and techniques needed to attain your entire personal well-being. My approach is laid-back and simple that is often comfortable for clients. I offer individual counseling for anxiety, depression and relationship issues. Also for couple/marital relationship conflict. My life/work experience is what I can offer to my clients.
I think every person has issues from time to time in their life that may benefit from the support of a non-judgemental and non-biased opinion. I believe that I can help you work through your difficulties by helping you find solutions to those problems. It is my goal to offer you with the tools and techniques needed to attain your entire personal well-being. My approach is laid-back and simple that is often comfortable for clients. I offer individual counseling for anxiety, depression and relationship issues. Also for couple/marital relationship conflict. My life/work experience is what I can offer to my clients.
(855) 465-4593 View (855) 465-4593
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Karalee Ratzlaff
Counsellor, MEd, RCC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Burnaby, BC V3J
Hi, I'm Karalee. I'm here to listen if you have been feeling like life is overwhelming and difficult lately, and you are struggling to cope. The patterns you repeat are no longer serving you, and you want to find more connection and belonging in life. Maybe it's been hard to find space to take a moment and check in with yourself, to breathe, to feel. You might be feeling increasingly uncertain, anxious, or depressed. My goal is to provide you with a supportive and non-judgemental space where you can explore past and present challenges in your life, process emotions, and find new coping skills. Help is available, you are not alone.
Hi, I'm Karalee. I'm here to listen if you have been feeling like life is overwhelming and difficult lately, and you are struggling to cope. The patterns you repeat are no longer serving you, and you want to find more connection and belonging in life. Maybe it's been hard to find space to take a moment and check in with yourself, to breathe, to feel. You might be feeling increasingly uncertain, anxious, or depressed. My goal is to provide you with a supportive and non-judgemental space where you can explore past and present challenges in your life, process emotions, and find new coping skills. Help is available, you are not alone.
(778) 860-6763 View (778) 860-6763
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Ina Stockhausen
Counsellor
Verified Verified
Burnaby, BC V5A
I am passionate about working with women and addressing issues that are standing in the way of you experiencing life from a place of joy, self-love and empowerment. As women we tend to wear many hats such as daughter, mother, spouse, caregiver, career woman. Low self-esteem, co-dependency or inability to say no, feeling responsible, poor body image, fertility issues, sexual abuse or abuse, perfectionism or emotional eating...all these challenges can create stress and overwhelm which can lead to anxiety, depression and more. Pls check out my website www.goddessrevealed.ca for more information about my work.
I am passionate about working with women and addressing issues that are standing in the way of you experiencing life from a place of joy, self-love and empowerment. As women we tend to wear many hats such as daughter, mother, spouse, caregiver, career woman. Low self-esteem, co-dependency or inability to say no, feeling responsible, poor body image, fertility issues, sexual abuse or abuse, perfectionism or emotional eating...all these challenges can create stress and overwhelm which can lead to anxiety, depression and more. Pls check out my website www.goddessrevealed.ca for more information about my work.
(866) 851-9649 View (866) 851-9649
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Taranjit Jaswal
Counsellor, MEd, CCC
Verified Verified
Burnaby, BC V5A
We are all our own universe, with such different perspectives and modes of survival. Making sense of it all can be daunting on your own! I like to see people on a wide range, be it children, youth, young adults, or adults all looking to go about life in a more confident way. I hope to be able to create a safe space so we can explore your outlook and feelings in an effective way so that you can learn how to navigate the world with a strong sense of connection to yourself and those around you.
We are all our own universe, with such different perspectives and modes of survival. Making sense of it all can be daunting on your own! I like to see people on a wide range, be it children, youth, young adults, or adults all looking to go about life in a more confident way. I hope to be able to create a safe space so we can explore your outlook and feelings in an effective way so that you can learn how to navigate the world with a strong sense of connection to yourself and those around you.
(867) 794-0674 View (867) 794-0674
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Wendy Akune
Counsellor, MA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Burnaby, BC V5C  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with your relationships, mental health, or life transitions? I will hold space for your grief and trauma, as well as bring light to your strengths, resiliencies, and values. I can help you to deconstruct patterns and narratives, and find a deeper understanding of yourself. I will meet you in a way that is guided by respect, compassion, and acceptance. My approach will be based on your needs, goals and presenting concerns. Modalities that I draw from include mindfulness-based therapies, Polyvagal theory, Internal Family Systems, Intersectional Feminism, CBT, and neuroscience.
Are you struggling with your relationships, mental health, or life transitions? I will hold space for your grief and trauma, as well as bring light to your strengths, resiliencies, and values. I can help you to deconstruct patterns and narratives, and find a deeper understanding of yourself. I will meet you in a way that is guided by respect, compassion, and acceptance. My approach will be based on your needs, goals and presenting concerns. Modalities that I draw from include mindfulness-based therapies, Polyvagal theory, Internal Family Systems, Intersectional Feminism, CBT, and neuroscience.
(365) 398-0999 View (365) 398-0999
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Lisa Rositano
Counsellor, MEd, RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Burnaby, BC V5C  (Online Only)
My experience in working in mental health services over the last 17 years - both adults and youth - has allowed me to meet clients with a variety of backgrounds and individual needs. An ideal client is one who is in need of a therapist that is a skilled listener who can help them develop and achieve their goals.
My experience in working in mental health services over the last 17 years - both adults and youth - has allowed me to meet clients with a variety of backgrounds and individual needs. An ideal client is one who is in need of a therapist that is a skilled listener who can help them develop and achieve their goals.
(587) 602-0145 View (587) 602-0145
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Caitlin Hall
Counsellor, MCPAT, RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Burnaby, BC V5C
Not accepting new clients
My greatest joy is working with children, youth, and parents who need support, patience, and compassion. My clients often come for support with anxiety, depression, difficulties following divorce or separation, bullying, separation anxiety, trauma, grief, lack of motivation, social anxiety, gender identity, and sexuality. I work with clients using a mix of play therapy, art therapy and talk therapy. Through play, art, and talk, I help clients process their experiences, express their feelings, share their thoughts, change their narratives, create goals and learn new skills.
My greatest joy is working with children, youth, and parents who need support, patience, and compassion. My clients often come for support with anxiety, depression, difficulties following divorce or separation, bullying, separation anxiety, trauma, grief, lack of motivation, social anxiety, gender identity, and sexuality. I work with clients using a mix of play therapy, art therapy and talk therapy. Through play, art, and talk, I help clients process their experiences, express their feelings, share their thoughts, change their narratives, create goals and learn new skills.
(819) 200-5588 View (819) 200-5588
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Gotham Counselling
Registered Professional Counsellor Candidate, RPC-C
Verified Verified
Burnaby, BC V5A
I enjoy connecting with people by providing a safe space for them to share their thoughts and feelings. We will work together to overcome the challenges of the past, and take steps together to shape the future with what works best for you. Sometimes it can be a crisis that makes you seek out counselling, in working together, you will discover that the crisis may have been exactly what was needed to help you make some important changes to improve your life. Taking the first step in asking for help takes tremendous courage, the next step typically includes finding the right counsellor for you.
I enjoy connecting with people by providing a safe space for them to share their thoughts and feelings. We will work together to overcome the challenges of the past, and take steps together to shape the future with what works best for you. Sometimes it can be a crisis that makes you seek out counselling, in working together, you will discover that the crisis may have been exactly what was needed to help you make some important changes to improve your life. Taking the first step in asking for help takes tremendous courage, the next step typically includes finding the right counsellor for you.
(249) 508-5909 View (249) 508-5909
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Christine Michailides
Counsellor, RTC
Verified Verified
Burnaby, BC V5C
Waitlist for new clients
Children and families are often referred to me by other counsellors or health professionals because "the kid refuses to talk or cooperate" or "we tried everything and nothing works". Families often seek my specialties to explore their children's behaviours and challenges from the developmental lens. Neurodivergent children look forward to seeing me because they feel I am safe, and fun, and can easily connect with them in a special and meaningful way. I cannot work with autistic children receiving ABA treatment as it is contraindicative with my strong commitment to neurodiversity affirmative and disability ethical principles.
Children and families are often referred to me by other counsellors or health professionals because "the kid refuses to talk or cooperate" or "we tried everything and nothing works". Families often seek my specialties to explore their children's behaviours and challenges from the developmental lens. Neurodivergent children look forward to seeing me because they feel I am safe, and fun, and can easily connect with them in a special and meaningful way. I cannot work with autistic children receiving ABA treatment as it is contraindicative with my strong commitment to neurodiversity affirmative and disability ethical principles.
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Arturo Ballesteros
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Burnaby, BC V5C
Arturo has worked as a counsellor for more than six years in non-profit, independent, community based organizations and private practice. He works with clients who experience depression and anxiety, family and relationship issues, loss and grief, identity issues and with clients who seek a safe space to express, process and explore what is in their minds and hearts. He works with individuals 19 years or older. The sessions can be in English or Spanish and in person or on video based on the client's needs.
Arturo has worked as a counsellor for more than six years in non-profit, independent, community based organizations and private practice. He works with clients who experience depression and anxiety, family and relationship issues, loss and grief, identity issues and with clients who seek a safe space to express, process and explore what is in their minds and hearts. He works with individuals 19 years or older. The sessions can be in English or Spanish and in person or on video based on the client's needs.
(672) 906-0035 View (672) 906-0035
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Wayfinding Psychology by Dr. Megan Suehn, R. Psych
Psychologist, PhD, RPsych
Verified Verified
Burnaby, BC V3N  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Affirming LGBTQIA+ people of all ethnicities and backgrounds. Recovery from grief, & life transitions of career shifts or immigration. Revitalization from burnout and trauma. Strengthening marriages, families, & other relationships for success. Supporting front line workers like police, nurses, doctors, therapists, & other caregivers. I help you integrate aspects of your identity and learn to navigate more comfortable, safer, and healthier relationships with family, friends, and community. Helping you grow into your favourite self: from one member of the queer community to another. (Please note: I only offer online counselling).
Affirming LGBTQIA+ people of all ethnicities and backgrounds. Recovery from grief, & life transitions of career shifts or immigration. Revitalization from burnout and trauma. Strengthening marriages, families, & other relationships for success. Supporting front line workers like police, nurses, doctors, therapists, & other caregivers. I help you integrate aspects of your identity and learn to navigate more comfortable, safer, and healthier relationships with family, friends, and community. Helping you grow into your favourite self: from one member of the queer community to another. (Please note: I only offer online counselling).
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Jennifer Wright
Counsellor, MC
Verified Verified
Burnaby, BC V5C
I am happy to be working in my new community, providing counselling services uniquely tailored to your needs and challenges. I've helped clients make profound and deep transformations to their self-esteem, relationship, and communication issues during all of life's transitions. If you are feeling stuck and experiencing the same challenges over and over again, I would be honoured to help you gain awareness and insight into your struggles, understand your triggers, develop effective strategies to deal with your issues, and to generally feel more empowered, confident, lighter, and happier.
I am happy to be working in my new community, providing counselling services uniquely tailored to your needs and challenges. I've helped clients make profound and deep transformations to their self-esteem, relationship, and communication issues during all of life's transitions. If you are feeling stuck and experiencing the same challenges over and over again, I would be honoured to help you gain awareness and insight into your struggles, understand your triggers, develop effective strategies to deal with your issues, and to generally feel more empowered, confident, lighter, and happier.
(778) 770-0956 View (778) 770-0956
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Transgender Counsellors

As a gender-diverse individual, why might I want to see a therapist who is also gender diverse?

A trans or gender-diverse client may want to see a therapist who is also trans or gender diverse because the client may feel safer sharing their experiences and more confident that the therapist will understand, validate, and support them. But trans or gender-diverse clients can also benefit from therapy with cisgender therapists; this is a personal decision based on the connection between the client and the therapist, and if that connection is strong, therapy will be successful.

What if I cannot find a therapist who shares my gender identity?

Therapy can still be effective if a therapist does not share a client’s gender identity; a large body of research indicates that the most important factor in successful therapy is the therapeutic alliance. A therapist can also be interviewed for sensitivity and competence on gender identity and expression to ensure they possess appropriate knowledge and skills. Many therapists have excellent training and extensive experience working with gender-diverse clients, and that expertise can be invaluable despite a therapist not sharing the same firsthand experiences.

How can I recognise a good therapist for working with gender-diverse clients?

An experienced therapist should be able to help clients explore their gender identity and expression, alleviate discomfort related to their gender identity, treat mental health challenges and trauma, address existing relationships and communication with family members and loved ones, and determine the next steps pertaining to nonmedical or medical gender-affirming interventions. To recognise a good therapist, clients can ask about these topics and explore their comfort and connection with the clinician.

How might I inquire about a therapist’s experience working with transgender clients?

Clients should feel comfortable asking therapists directly about their experience working with transgender or gender-diverse clientele. For example, clients may ask about the therapist’s training and education with regard to gender identity, how many trans clients they’ve worked with in the past, and what sorts of matters were discussed. You may wish to inquire how a therapist specifically supports the needs of transgender clients or clients questioning their gender identity. A good clinician who is nonetheless not the right fit for you is often happy to make referrals to others based on the concerns you articulate in a preliminary conversation.