Borderline Personality (BPD) Therapists in Courtenay, BC

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Lisa Klco
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD(c), MSW, MACP, RSW, RCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My primary work is in sexual, and complex mental health concerns. I have extensive training in ISTDP, Direct Neurofeedback (DNF), and behavioral approaches such as CBT, and DBT. This makes me highly effective working with disorders such as anxiety, depression, BPD , addictions, pain and medically complex conditions. My diverse range of skills, such including harassment investigation, and conflict resolution mediation, with my 25 years in the military proves me to be a very direct clinician. I work with individuals, couples and families/supports with varied needs. Most importantly, I strive to provide a safe space for all clients.
(888) 981-8124
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Mamatoto Counselling
Counsellor, BHSc, MACP, RCC
Verified
Verified
In addition to women, I have helped children with borderline personality disorder, anxiety, depression, ASD, ADHD, trauma and contending with abuse at home.
After 10 years of working with women and their families as a midwife, I am pleased to work with women and families in a counselling capacity. My practice is accessible to new mothers and mothers-to-be in clinic, on Skype and in clients homes. I offer individual, group and family counselling. After a practicum with CYMH I am passionate about working with children and often treat the family as an interconnected system.
(844) 553-8131
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Michelle Lafreniere
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified
Verified
I am Registered Clinical Counsellor located in Comox, British Columbia. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. My background is in working with clients struggling with addiction, interpersonal relationships, anxiety, and depression. I take a strengths-based, client-centered approach and believe that clients and counsellors should work together to solve problems and achieve personal goals. I am passionate about helping my clients set and maintain boundaries, learn to identify, and express their emotions, and make decisions for themselves based on their personal values.
(450) 700-8045
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Megan Davies
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My approach is tailored to the needs of each individual. I emphasize the importance of a strong, compassionate therapeutic relationship and work primarily from a trauma informed, client-centered model. I incorporate elements of emotion focused, narrative, dialectical behavioural, internal family systems, parts work, attachment, strengths/resiliency based, and somatic approaches. I primarily work from a process oriented place by working on issues brought up in the moment and spending time breaking down the beliefs, emotions, and behaviours that accompany each issue.
(705) 990-0415
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Courtenay, BC V9J
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Tanya Helle
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW , RSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My name is Tanya, and I would be honoured to be part of your journey towards greater wholeness, healing and connection. I completed my Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of British Columbia and have over 11 years of clinical experience across a variety of settings including community mental health counselling, outreach based social work, as well as working with LGBTQI+ communities. I am passionate about mental health and my goal as a counsellor is to help you learn to see yourself as you truly are; a person who is deeply worthy of love, belonging and joy.
(778) 770-5417
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Carly Boyle
Counsellor, MEd, RCC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Welcome! I am glad that you found your way here. My name is Carly Boyle and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with a Masters degree from City University of Seattle and a Bachelors of Education degree from the University of Victoria. I know things can get challenging and you may be facing heavy or difficult aspects of life. And, you are so worthy of asking for support and guidance to move through what feels unbearable. I offer a gentle, open-minded and non-judgmental approach to therapy, and I value providing you with a safe, self-paced, and confidential environment to be heard, and heal in.
(778) 902-0685
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Sherina Holmes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW
Verified
Verified
I specialize in working with adolescents and adults with a variety of mental health and substance use issues including trauma, anxiety, depression, unhealthy relationships, addiction and self-esteem issues.
(604) 295-5482
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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John Rushforth
Counsellor, BScN, MCouns
Verified
Verified
My approach to counselling is based on respect for you the client. I do my very best to ensure that you feel safe, in control of the process, heard, and understood. My job is to get to know your values and how you think, feel, and act, in order to support you to either strengthen or change, aspects of yourself and your life. We will collaborate to establish meaningful and achievable goals focused on creating the life you want.
(705) 980-1041
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Sarah Quibell
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified
Verified
Sometimes you find yourself wishing things were different than they are. You may feel misunderstood and underappreciated at work or in your family and closest relationships. You experience thoughts and memories that are difficult to let go of. You are tired of feeling tired, guilty, resentful and frustrated. You want to make changes in your life to break free from this cycle and find joy, acceptance and harmony.
(778) 402-9587
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Carruthers Counselling & Consulting
Counsellor, BA, MA, RCC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I have been supporting children & youth, and their families for the past 17 years in public education. I facilitate workshops and also do group counselling. I have a strong background in special education, which means I often observe the behaviour(s) of children and youth, collaborate with them and their families, and implement/teach tools for alleviating a child's stress. I have experience as a clinician for Adult Mental Health & Addictions in both inpatient and outpatient care from the hospital. This has benefited early recognition and prevention.
(236) 301-0065
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Michael Falls
Registered Therapeutic Counsellor, BSc, RTC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I specialize in supporting individuals with mental and emotional challenges such as depression, anxiety, stress, addiction, trauma, relationship and self-esteem issues. I also work with clients seeking spiritual guidance and support with LGBTQIA2S+ and complex mental health. My work is client-centered, relational, experiential, somatic, and transpersonal, and helps create a safe environment for healing and growth. My goal is to support clients in accessing their own inner wisdom and resources while healing from these challenges and improving overall well-being.
(289) 276-8209
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Teri Palmer
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, RSW, MSW
Verified
Verified
NOW accepting new clients. With a focus on individuals (15 and up), couples and families, I work with you to resolve overwhelming emotions, anxiety, depression, strained relationships, relationship breakdown, self-harm, suicidal ideation, problem behaviours, and trauma. Empowering you to feel a greater sense of well-being, fulfillment, and deep connection (with yourself and your people). Helping you achieve meaningful and lasting change.
(579) 500-5928
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Sara Turner
Counsellor, RTC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
We carry our life story within us. Each person has a unique collection of joys and triumphs, pleasures and pain that imprints their biology. These imprints, formed unconsciously, influence our feeling states, our decision making, self-esteem, and the way we see the world. They shape the way our nervous systems respond and adapt to challenges and change. The imprints that hold the most charge are often formed in childhood or in response to trauma, and they have the ability to create mental, emotional, and physical imbalance—to create a state of disregulation. However, we each possess the profound capacity for change.
(778) 760-2915
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Diane Brussell
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
We cannot change the events or situations of our past, but we can absolutely be free from being chronically impacted, and compacted by our history. You are entitled to all of your feelings and they are an integral part of healing and living a healthy life. If you are ready to move what you are holding to a new place, I am here to support that process. You can find your voice, unpack your story, be seen and heard, I bring tools and support to make the changes you would like to make, so that you can embrace your life with love and enthusiasm. In my mind, everyone who survived their story and makes it to counselling is a superhero.
(587) 800-3617
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Candace M Treissman
Counsellor, MA, RCC, BSN
Verified
Verified
As a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with a nursing background, I am honoured to hear your story. I offer an empathic client-centred approach to counselling to support you throughout your journey; together we will collaborate towards your goals of optimal wellbeing. You may contact me at your convenience for any further information.
(778) 200-8625
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Courtenay, BC V9J
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Earl Blacklock
Counsellor, MALM, MDiv, MC, CCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My work is primarily with those who have experienced trauma - the experience of being emotionally and psychologically overwhelmed by adverse childhood experiences and adult traumatic events. My focus is always on the present - how can those debilitated by anxiety, shame, and poor self-worth become healthy enough to meet their own needs for income, housing, positive and affirming relationships, and physical and mental wellness.
(778) 770-2917
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Brittany Sirtonski
Registered Psychotherapist, BAHons, MACP, ExA, RP
Verified
7 Endorsed
Verified
7 Endorsed
Many of the problems we experience in life can be traced back to parts of ourself that are wounded or not properly integrated. I help you to reflect and make sense of your experience, and to work through areas of your life that bring discomfort. In moving through these discomforts/stuck areas in a new way, you release these wounds, become free from their grasp & move into more aligned, embodied & authentic living. We cannot fully integrate (become whole in our life) unless we heal and integrate all parts (this includes shadow work, healing parental and childhood wounds, ego work, sacred sexuality, reprogramming belief systems).
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Larissa Szlavik
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
Verified
My practice is carried out in the spirit of Dignity, Respect, Social Justice, Creativity, and Curiosity. In this space your words matter. Your experiences matter. I am here to facilitate a process of inquiry to help people see more clearly the context of their dilemmas, the complexities of their lives, what they're up against, and what they're trying for. My hope is for folks to come through more connected to their voice, their values, their relationships, and the world around them. I impose no agenda for healing, as this is a journey as unique as the individuals who seek it.
(587) 327-1960
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Comox, BC V9M
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Beaufort Counselling & Consulting
Counsellor, MA, MACP, RCC
Verified
Verified
Anxiety and depression are common issues in my practice and they can be the underlying condition in many situations. They can affect relationships, parenting, work performance, family dynamics to name a few. Therapy can assist with problem solving and gaining a better understanding of the behaviours that are causing difficulties in life. Some of my work involves life coaching and I am also a divorce coach. I offer expertise and support in the overwhelming process of separation and the difficulties involved in supporting children through divorce and separation.
(778) 901-2282
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Comox, BC V9M
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Chris Walford Counselling
Counsellor, MA , RCC, CCC
Verified
Verified
"We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future." George Bernard Shaw-- While working together there is but one expert and, ultimately, one person responsible for your life. That person is you. I consider it an honour to work alongside people who are motivated for change and healing. As we are all very complex and unique I seek to help you identify and address your needs, challenges and goals from a respectful, positive and supportive role that is future oriented.
(778) 902-8162
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Comox, BC V9M
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Borderline Personality (BPD) Counsellors

What is the most successful approach to treating borderline personality disorder?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is considered the gold standard of treatment for borderline personality disorder. An evidence-based treatment, it addresses the extreme emotional reactivity, the relationship difficulties, and the acts of self-harm that create so much distress for BPD patients. DBT is a comprehensive program that includes both regular individual psychotherapy sessions and weekly group sessions of skills training.

What happens in treatment of borderline personality disorder?

Treatment typically consists of weekly individual therapy sessions that last an hour and group skill-focused instructional sessions that may last up to two hours. Patients are typically given homework “assignments” in which they are asked to practice in their daily life the skills they acquire in therapy. Patients also keep a diary tracking their emotions and impulses as a way to know which situations are most problematic and to help them gain control over their own behavior. Difficult situations and feelings are typically reviewed in therapy sessions and more constructive solutions found.

What kinds of problems does BPD treatment help with?

DBT was initially developed to dampen the self-destructive impulses of chronically suicidal patients. It is now the treatment of choice for borderline personality disorder, a serious condition marked by extreme emotional reactivity, relationship instability, and self-injurious behaviors. Treatment of BPD helps patients tolerate the flux of emotions without acting on them, often with a specific focus on tolerating negative emotions. DBT addresses the core problems of BPD—fear of abandonment, low self-esteem, and impulsivity.

What is the goal of treatment in borderline personality disorder?

The goal of treatment for borderline personality disorder (BPD) is to relieve the extreme emotional distress that patients experience—to curb their emotional reactivity, to minimize their inclination to self-harm, and to reduce their impulsivity. Toward these ends, patients are not only taught an array of new coping skills and techniques for emotional regulation, they are given opportunities to practice them. Another major goal of treatment is interpersonal effectiveness; patients learn and problem-solve ways to effectively communicate in relationships, especially how to ask for what they need as a way to minimize hurt feelings.