Sexual Abuse Therapists in Courtenay, BC

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Lake & Associates Inc.
Counsellor, MEd, CCC
Verified
Verified
Car accident, bank robbery, home invasion, torture, sexual abuse , and neglect are all forms of trauma that I have worked with.
Change! If you want to change your relationships, feel better about yourself, enjoy life more, and overcome the debilitating effects of past trauma, now is the time to transform your life. Hi, I'm Steven Lake and I have been assisting people to improve their lives for 20+ years. The first step in making change is often the scariest. If you have any questions or just want to get a sense of who I am, please contact me by email or phone for a free initial consult. I look forward to working with you to create change in your life.
(855) 522-0813
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Erinn Doncaster
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, RSW, CCC, SEP
Verified
Verified
If you’re feeling overwhelmed and stuck, Erinn can help you begin the journey toward feeling greater capacity, peace, and aliveness again. Perhaps childhood experiences have left you with residual depression, anxiety, or recurring relationship patterns that you don’t know how to change. Or maybe you recently gave birth and you feel like you “should” be happy but you’re actually struggling to cope. Or perhaps you or your partner experienced a trauma and now you’re trying to navigate the impacts on your relationship. Or maybe you’re struggling with PTSD symptoms following an accident, assault , or exposure to occupational stress.
(778) 766-3516
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Sharon McCann
Counsellor, RPC, RCCH
Verified
Verified
I am experienced in helping individuals recover from traumatic events, PTSD, childhood neglect and trauma, and domestic / sexual abuse .
Are you feeling overwhelmed and anxious? Does conflict, abuse or loneliness describe your relationships? Together, we can discover how you can reclaim your life and become grounded, connected and confident.
(778) 767-5983
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Earl Blacklock
Counsellor, MALM, MDiv, MC, CCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I am both a trained therapeutic counsellor and trauma survivor from PTSD experienced as a result of a workplace assault .
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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Courtenay, BC V9J
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Rebeca Padilla
Counsellor, MEd, RCC
Verified
Verified
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor, RCC 1509 who specializes in EMDR & Somatic Therapy. I hold a Masters in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia and has 14 years of experience working in mental health, wellness and embodiment practices. The counselling relationship is so important, and I strive to create a warm, trusting, honest, and dedicated relational space. I truly believe my clients are the experts of their own lives, and what guides my work is the understanding that each individual has an innate ability to self regulate, heal, and feel worthy of experiencing life at its fullest.
(226) 790-0106
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Nicole Burgess
Counsellor, MACP, MTA, RCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Through a caring, respectful and collaborative relationship we will work together to rediscover and develop strengths and resiliency as you work towards your goals. I hold a strong belief in our innate wholeness as individuals. It is only the twists and turns of life’s path that sometimes makes this wholeness difficult to see. I hold a Masters degree in counselling psychology and am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC). In addition, I am an accredited music therapist with the Canadian Music Therapy Association.
(778) 949-3067
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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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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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Marie Jakalicia Guignard
Counsellor, RCC, BA, MA, CPA
Verified
Verified
Do you feel hopeless, a lack of motivation and interest, a feeling of constant tension and fear? Have you experienced, witnessed, or heard any harmful or threatening events and found yourself feeling persistent sadness, constant worry, excessive guilt, shame, or anger? Do you feel this need to have something change in your life, find your inner self, find peace, grow, take care of yourself, love yourself, appreciate other people's love, and enjoy life?
(236) 562-7353
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Courtenay, BC V9N
Not accepting new clients
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Mel Devine
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MC, RSW, RCC
Verified
Verified
Are you struggling with anxiety or other mental health concerns? Are there barriers getting in your way of living your life in your most authentic way? Are you experiencing gender, sexuality and or relationship issues and need someone to help you navigate your way through? Are you swimming outside of the mainstream? If yes, I can help! Over the last two decades I have worked with folks living with HIV/AIDS, women who have experienced sexual trauma, the street community, the queer community, youth and families as well as youth involved in the criminal justice system and people living with significant mental health challenges.
(778) 907-4041
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Whole Heart Centre
Counsellor, MA, RP(Q), MFT, RCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
“Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.” –Brené Brown. As your mentor or counsellor, I want to create a safe space for you to recognize and transform the life patterns of overwhelming anxiety or panic attacks, persistent stress from big life changes and events, distress from trauma, and pain from broken or disconnected relationships. Using both traditional and holistic healing methods, I'll show you how to nurture your emotional health, cultivate an inner strength and confidence, tap into love, and step into your power as a wise self-healer.
(306) 992-8946
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Rebecca E LaFleur
Counsellor, MA, RCC, CCAC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I have been working with children, youth, adults and families in a variety of avenues for 15 years. I believe that each person has within themselves the resources to grow and achieve their goals - we all need someone who can help us get there at times, and that is what I provide. Whether it be a life transition in your life, substances or process addictions and recovery, eating disorders, anxiety, or parenting support, I can help. I am also experienced with working with children and youth who have been sexually abused, have high risk behaviours, anxiety, difficulty with school or transitions, or have suffered loss.
(250) 338-2700
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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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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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Jen Burt, Counselling & Art Therapy
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MEd, DVATI, RSW
Verified
Verified
Jen is taking the stigma out of mental health, being creative and having fun. Confidential, safe, no lotus flowers. Offering Counselling or professional Art Therapy to: adults, couples, youth, children (6 yrs +), clinical supervision and other services. With over 20 years experience ( how does she look so young? ), Jen is accomplished and multi award winning. Click on photos below to get a sense if she would be a good fit for you.
(855) 702-4984
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Becky Michaluk
Counsellor, MC, RCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I offer insight-based, experiential therapy for clients who want to get to the root of their problems by locating unconscious issues and traumas, and actively working with these in-session in a gentle, effective way. Many of my clients have already tried "analyzing" their way free from unhealthy mental states and behaviours, and have realized they need a more effective strategy. My clients learn how to manage their behaviours and emotions from a wise, self-regulated place. I also work with partners who want to deepen their communication and connection and gain freedom from negative patterns. All approaches are evidence based.
(778) 655-4239
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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Kelly McManus
Psychologist, PhD, R, Psych
Verified
Verified
Dr. Kelly McManus has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and has been practicing for over 12 years in various mental health settings as a Psychologist and as Registered Clinical Counsellor. Dr. McManus also has a Masters Degree in Education. She works with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. She uses integrative, strengths-focused, evidenced-based therapy. Her education includes theory and practice in the major approaches in Psychology including Psychodynamic, Cognitive-Behavioural, and Narrative. Dr. McManus tailors her approach to your particular needs, goals, and preferences. Dr. McManus also takes ICBC and Veteran's Affairs clients.
(855) 463-2706
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Courtenay, BC V9N
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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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Mamatoto Counselling
Counsellor, BHSc, MACP, RCC
Verified
Verified
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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Keenan Andrew
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified
Verified
I am currently accepting new clients into my practice, and I offer a free 15-minute consultation via video or phone call to see if I am a good fit for you moving forward. Together, we can take small steps to help support your healing journey in a culturally responsive and safe way. Thank you for stopping by and I hope to connect soon. Meanwhile, I am located on the traditional K’ómoks First Nation lands which are in the heart of the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. These are the traditional lands of the Kwakwaka'wakw and Coast Salish peoples. I am honoured to be here on these lands of plenty and look forward to connecting with you.
(250) 703-3003
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Sexual Abuse Counsellors

How do therapists treat sexual abuse?

A good therapist will be nonjudgmental and possibly demonstrate active listening, repeating back what the client says to show that they have understood. These skills allow people to feel comfortable discussing their traumatic experiences openly. Some important treatment goals are to restore a sense of safety and to rebuild confidence. In addition to working one-on-one with the patient, a therapist might bring in supportive family members to assist the client.

Do you have to talk extensively about sexual abuse in therapy?

Survivors frequently find it difficult to describe what happened to them out loud. They can even still be in a state of denial if the sexual abuse occurred recently. It is important for survivors to acknowledge that what happened isn’t their fault and to challenge and reappraise any unhealthy feelings or thoughts as they arise. Art therapy and play therapy are useful non-verbal means of communication for some survivors.

How long does treatment for sexual abuse take?

Recovery from sexual abuse can be a long and difficult process. Some survivors are able to move on naturally on their own, given time, while others require the guidance of a trained therapist. Therapy needs vary and can range from a few sessions to months or even years. Healing from sexual abuse takes time, and everyone’s journey will look a little different.

Can trauma symptoms caused by sexual abuse come back after treatment?

As occurs in many cases of trauma, survivors of sexual abuse may experience PTSD-like symptoms long after the abuse has ceased or after an initial round of treatment has occurred. In such a case, there is evidence that prolonged exposure therapy is a useful treatment for survivors, and may be more efficacious than supportive counseling alone. While triggers may continue to cause distress, the idea is that, with time and repeated exposure, their power will fade, allowing survivors to move on with their lives.