Female Therapists in Nelson, BC

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Liz Babcock
Counsellor, RTC, RST, RYT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Nelson, BC V1L
I bring over 25 years of supporting clients and bring a passion to my counselling work with individuals and couples. We all need support in life wether for loss, anxiety, relationship strain, parenting struggles or more serious issues like addiction or depression. I want to you to feel safe, validated and hopeful. Counselling can bring relief and possibility to what feels unmanageable and you can learn new ways of living that fundamentally change the cycles and patterns that often leave one stuck and unhappy.
I bring over 25 years of supporting clients and bring a passion to my counselling work with individuals and couples. We all need support in life wether for loss, anxiety, relationship strain, parenting struggles or more serious issues like addiction or depression. I want to you to feel safe, validated and hopeful. Counselling can bring relief and possibility to what feels unmanageable and you can learn new ways of living that fundamentally change the cycles and patterns that often leave one stuck and unhappy.
(705) 710-2201 View (705) 710-2201
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Vanessa Deverell
Counsellor, MA, RCC, RCST
Verified Verified
Nelson, BC V1L
Do you have the sense that there is underlying pain that is preventing you from fully enjoying your life? Often, our unhelpful patterns originally evolved as strategies to meet needs, and to protect ourselves against overwhelming distress. My work aims to help you more effectively meet the needs behind these old, perhaps outdated strategies. Some of the issues that clients come to me for help with are: personal growth and alignment with life purpose; emotional regulation; emotional intimacy; anxiety and panic attacks; self-worth; and grief and loss (personal and collective).
Do you have the sense that there is underlying pain that is preventing you from fully enjoying your life? Often, our unhelpful patterns originally evolved as strategies to meet needs, and to protect ourselves against overwhelming distress. My work aims to help you more effectively meet the needs behind these old, perhaps outdated strategies. Some of the issues that clients come to me for help with are: personal growth and alignment with life purpose; emotional regulation; emotional intimacy; anxiety and panic attacks; self-worth; and grief and loss (personal and collective).
(548) 488-4972 View (548) 488-4972
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Ally Cannon
Counsellor, MC, RCC
Verified Verified
Nelson, BC V1L
I am accepting new individual clients (adults and youth) in-person in Nelson BC and online to residents anywhere in British Columbia. I support those managing: trauma, life transitions, relationship issues, divorce/custody litigation, sexual assault/abuse, perinatal issues, anxiety, and depression. My approach is an integration of EMDR, mindfulness, narrative and strengths-based modalities tailored to you.
I am accepting new individual clients (adults and youth) in-person in Nelson BC and online to residents anywhere in British Columbia. I support those managing: trauma, life transitions, relationship issues, divorce/custody litigation, sexual assault/abuse, perinatal issues, anxiety, and depression. My approach is an integration of EMDR, mindfulness, narrative and strengths-based modalities tailored to you.
(825) 251-9006 View (825) 251-9006
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Marinna Arsenault
Counsellor, BA, RTC, RST
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nelson, BC V1L
As a compassionate and dedicated counsellor, I believe in the inherent capacity for growth and transformation within every individual. Drawing on a diverse background in cultural anthropology, somatic therapy, and various alternative modalities such as yoga, Reiki, tantra, and breathwork, I approach counselling with a holistic perspective that honours the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit. Whether you're experiencing anxiety, depression, difficulties with self-worth, or feeling stuck and disconnected, together we can explore the profound potential for healing, growth, and joy within you.
As a compassionate and dedicated counsellor, I believe in the inherent capacity for growth and transformation within every individual. Drawing on a diverse background in cultural anthropology, somatic therapy, and various alternative modalities such as yoga, Reiki, tantra, and breathwork, I approach counselling with a holistic perspective that honours the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit. Whether you're experiencing anxiety, depression, difficulties with self-worth, or feeling stuck and disconnected, together we can explore the profound potential for healing, growth, and joy within you.
(431) 814-2726 View (431) 814-2726
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Christina Clapperton
Registered Social Worker, MEd, MSW, RSW, EMDR
Verified Verified
Nelson, BC V1L
Divine Alchemy (formerly Bliss Mental Health) is at a new location at 518 Lake Street, Suite 203. I believe that all human beings have a remarkable ability to grow and change. Some clients come to me with a great deal of depression or hopelessness about their lives without the insight as to how they can be helped. I use a strengths-based approach as I listen to their stories to find the hope, possibilities, and resiliencies that coexist alongside suffering and insecurities. Evidenced-based and trauma informed; approached from a spiritual and cultural lens and can assist with residential school generational impact.
Divine Alchemy (formerly Bliss Mental Health) is at a new location at 518 Lake Street, Suite 203. I believe that all human beings have a remarkable ability to grow and change. Some clients come to me with a great deal of depression or hopelessness about their lives without the insight as to how they can be helped. I use a strengths-based approach as I listen to their stories to find the hope, possibilities, and resiliencies that coexist alongside suffering and insecurities. Evidenced-based and trauma informed; approached from a spiritual and cultural lens and can assist with residential school generational impact.
(778) 767-0910 View (778) 767-0910
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Vanessa Dowell Counselling
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Nelson, BC V1L
Waitlist for new clients
Vanessa is Masters trained Clinical Social Worker located in Nelson BC. Clients may be experiencing various stressors, mood concerns, grief/loss, life transitions, trauma and inter-personal relationship struggles that they are seeking support for. Vanessa also specializes in counselling individuals and their families during their journey with fertility, perinatal mental health and birth trauma. Vanessa is a certified Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) practitioner with Advanced and Enhanced certification in this modality. Please contact to book.
Vanessa is Masters trained Clinical Social Worker located in Nelson BC. Clients may be experiencing various stressors, mood concerns, grief/loss, life transitions, trauma and inter-personal relationship struggles that they are seeking support for. Vanessa also specializes in counselling individuals and their families during their journey with fertility, perinatal mental health and birth trauma. Vanessa is a certified Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) practitioner with Advanced and Enhanced certification in this modality. Please contact to book.
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Susan Noppe Counselling And Hypnotherapy
Counsellor, BASc, RPC, RCH
Verified Verified
Nelson, BC V1L
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma or a chronic condition? Do you sometimes feel that you should be able to resolve your challenges but need help moving forward?
Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma or a chronic condition? Do you sometimes feel that you should be able to resolve your challenges but need help moving forward?
(778) 743-8006 View (778) 743-8006
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Valhalla Art Therapy
Counsellor, RCATA, RTC, BFA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nelson, BC V1L
I am passionate about supporting children, teens and young adults. Over the past decade I have been committed to providing therapeutic counselling services to children, adolescents and their families in the West Kootenays. I have provided art therapy services through a number of local community services centers as well as for school districts.
I am passionate about supporting children, teens and young adults. Over the past decade I have been committed to providing therapeutic counselling services to children, adolescents and their families in the West Kootenays. I have provided art therapy services through a number of local community services centers as well as for school districts.
(819) 200-9439 View (819) 200-9439
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Shannon M Murphy
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nelson, BC V1L
Waitlist for new clients
As we collaborate, I offer engaged, competent support to make lasting changes within a reasonable time frame, whether you are in acute distress or simply want to move towards a more rich and fulfilling life. Counselling sessions will be co–created with you and tailored to your needs. I offer you a healing experience that is sensitive to your strengths as well as your pain. Entering into counselling is an act of courage as it takes commitment to create a healthy life and to integrate difficult experiences. I am trained in a variety of modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Somatic Therapies and Hypnotherapy.
As we collaborate, I offer engaged, competent support to make lasting changes within a reasonable time frame, whether you are in acute distress or simply want to move towards a more rich and fulfilling life. Counselling sessions will be co–created with you and tailored to your needs. I offer you a healing experience that is sensitive to your strengths as well as your pain. Entering into counselling is an act of courage as it takes commitment to create a healthy life and to integrate difficult experiences. I am trained in a variety of modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Somatic Therapies and Hypnotherapy.
(778) 765-8144 View (778) 765-8144
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Jennifer Reid
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Nelson, BC V1L
Hello! I am a registered social worker and mental health clinician who has worked in diverse mental health settings for the past 20 years. I use an integrative approach drawing on; mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, compassionate inquiry, DBT and harm reduction. I prioritize cultivating a positive and aligned therapeutic relationship to ensure you are seen, heard and supported in your journey towards wellness. Counselling provides space to navigate trauma, practice self compassion, learn about boundaries, shift unhelpful core beliefs and identify our values.
Hello! I am a registered social worker and mental health clinician who has worked in diverse mental health settings for the past 20 years. I use an integrative approach drawing on; mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, compassionate inquiry, DBT and harm reduction. I prioritize cultivating a positive and aligned therapeutic relationship to ensure you are seen, heard and supported in your journey towards wellness. Counselling provides space to navigate trauma, practice self compassion, learn about boundaries, shift unhelpful core beliefs and identify our values.
(867) 992-2364 View (867) 992-2364
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Wendee Byrne
Counsellor, MSpEd, MEdC, CCC
Verified Verified
Nelson, BC V1L
My clinical experience includes working with people who may have experienced any number of the following: abuse/neglect, early trauma/attachment issues, developmental issues, anxiety, self-harm, addiction challenges, depression, post-traumatic stress and work-related challenges.
My clinical experience includes working with people who may have experienced any number of the following: abuse/neglect, early trauma/attachment issues, developmental issues, anxiety, self-harm, addiction challenges, depression, post-traumatic stress and work-related challenges.
(902) 907-3371 View (902) 907-3371
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Current-Wisdom: End of Life & Counselling Services
Counsellor, RTC
Verified Verified
Nelson, BC V1L  (Online Only)
As an Indigenous/mixed person, my life’s paths and experiences encouraged the sharing of my gifts so that I may be in service to others. I’m deeply connected to and inspired by ritual, ceremony, community, and the personal journey of walking the complex edges of life. With a trauma informed lens, I weaving relational somatic psychotherapy and grief work to be a gentle guide and advocate, to hold space and offer support for life's current and unexpected challenges.
As an Indigenous/mixed person, my life’s paths and experiences encouraged the sharing of my gifts so that I may be in service to others. I’m deeply connected to and inspired by ritual, ceremony, community, and the personal journey of walking the complex edges of life. With a trauma informed lens, I weaving relational somatic psychotherapy and grief work to be a gentle guide and advocate, to hold space and offer support for life's current and unexpected challenges.
(579) 500-5893 View (579) 500-5893
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Sophie Deluca
Counsellor, RTC, RST
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nelson, BC V1L  (Online Only)
I offer a compassionate and trauma-informed space for your unique lived experience to be witnessed and supported. Together we can explore your aspirations, creatively access inner resources and strengths, and begin to process difficult emotions. I work with diverse individuals, particularly those with heightened emotional or physical sensitivities. Whether you are challenged by anxiety, overwhelm, health symptoms, or relational distress, I can meet you in the depth of experience to develop tools for greater resilience and grace in daily life.
I offer a compassionate and trauma-informed space for your unique lived experience to be witnessed and supported. Together we can explore your aspirations, creatively access inner resources and strengths, and begin to process difficult emotions. I work with diverse individuals, particularly those with heightened emotional or physical sensitivities. Whether you are challenged by anxiety, overwhelm, health symptoms, or relational distress, I can meet you in the depth of experience to develop tools for greater resilience and grace in daily life.
(431) 244-4708 View (431) 244-4708
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Malorie Moore
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, RSW, MSW
Verified Verified
Nelson, BC V1L
I am a Registered Social Worker and Certified Career Development Practitioner with over ten years of working in the field of mental health and employment counseling. I am passionate about working with people who are navigating transitions or interested in exploring their potential for change. I specialize in helping people examine and shift behavior patterns, particularly as they relate to substance use and behavioral addictions. I operate from a lens of harm-reduction and anti-oppression, and I recognize that systems, as well as people, need to change.
I am a Registered Social Worker and Certified Career Development Practitioner with over ten years of working in the field of mental health and employment counseling. I am passionate about working with people who are navigating transitions or interested in exploring their potential for change. I specialize in helping people examine and shift behavior patterns, particularly as they relate to substance use and behavioral addictions. I operate from a lens of harm-reduction and anti-oppression, and I recognize that systems, as well as people, need to change.
(236) 300-1823 View (236) 300-1823
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Shaniah Quadras
Counsellor, MA-MFT, RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nelson, BC V1L  (Online Only)
Here at Sacred Spaces, the goal is wholeness: integration of mind, body and spirit to actualize our truest potential. As we get to know and heal the different parts of ourselves, we are better able to move from surviving to thriving. I will be working with you from a systemic framework in order to develop a treatment plan that is suited to your unique needs. Sacred Spaces also prides itself for using interventions that are evidence-based, trauma-informed and spiritually integrative. My goal is for you to experience your personal power to help you live fearlessly and I am honored to journey alongside you in this sacred exploration.
Here at Sacred Spaces, the goal is wholeness: integration of mind, body and spirit to actualize our truest potential. As we get to know and heal the different parts of ourselves, we are better able to move from surviving to thriving. I will be working with you from a systemic framework in order to develop a treatment plan that is suited to your unique needs. Sacred Spaces also prides itself for using interventions that are evidence-based, trauma-informed and spiritually integrative. My goal is for you to experience your personal power to help you live fearlessly and I am honored to journey alongside you in this sacred exploration.
(289) 796-1258 x1 View (289) 796-1258 x1
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Tahni Fornes
Counsellor, RTC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nelson, BC V1L
You can feel more free, grounded, safe and strong, Perceive more choices - Sing your song! Heal from trauma, Grow in wisdom and equanimity Delight in your essential self Develop capacity!
You can feel more free, grounded, safe and strong, Perceive more choices - Sing your song! Heal from trauma, Grow in wisdom and equanimity Delight in your essential self Develop capacity!
(778) 771-4356 View (778) 771-4356
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Kat Williamson
Counsellor, RTC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nelson, BC V1L
I specialise in working with clients who have built a strong identity around their athletic pursuits but are facing a fork in the road – an injury, loss, family responsibilities, loss of interest, burnout – that is causing them to take time away from activity and to question who they are, and who they will be, without this outlet. I offer an non-judgemental space to explore the questions that you might have arising, about what your life means now, how to move through the grief, and how you are going to find your purpose.
I specialise in working with clients who have built a strong identity around their athletic pursuits but are facing a fork in the road – an injury, loss, family responsibilities, loss of interest, burnout – that is causing them to take time away from activity and to question who they are, and who they will be, without this outlet. I offer an non-judgemental space to explore the questions that you might have arising, about what your life means now, how to move through the grief, and how you are going to find your purpose.
(672) 784-0572 View (672) 784-0572
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Melanie Jones Counselling
Counsellor, RCC, CCC, RCAT, MACP
Verified Verified
Nelson, BC V1L
Are you looking for a counsellor who is open to see what you see? I am here to align with you as we look at how to find the right answers specific to you. Whether you struggle with anxious thoughts, periods of despair, difficulties with your relationships or just feel generally unhappy and restless, or perhaps life has thrown a curve-ball that is out of your control and traumatic to integrate, I believe the wisdom of our bodies can be utilised so that you can find resonant and usable techniques to change your life. I know that inner peace and healing are absolutely attainable and I am excited to walk with you as you find a new path.
Are you looking for a counsellor who is open to see what you see? I am here to align with you as we look at how to find the right answers specific to you. Whether you struggle with anxious thoughts, periods of despair, difficulties with your relationships or just feel generally unhappy and restless, or perhaps life has thrown a curve-ball that is out of your control and traumatic to integrate, I believe the wisdom of our bodies can be utilised so that you can find resonant and usable techniques to change your life. I know that inner peace and healing are absolutely attainable and I am excited to walk with you as you find a new path.
(867) 988-7345 View (867) 988-7345
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Emily Zabel
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
Nelson, BC V1L
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and I am currently accepting new clients for in person and virtual sessions. I am trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy. I am here to support individuals as they cope with issues such as anxiety, depression, chronic pain and grief. I also work with couples and support them as they develop communication skills to improve their relationship, and navigate life changes such as the blending of two families, divorce and co-parenting. I enjoy working with youth and helping them address school-related and home-related challenges. I have additional training in working with clients with ADHD.
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and I am currently accepting new clients for in person and virtual sessions. I am trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy. I am here to support individuals as they cope with issues such as anxiety, depression, chronic pain and grief. I also work with couples and support them as they develop communication skills to improve their relationship, and navigate life changes such as the blending of two families, divorce and co-parenting. I enjoy working with youth and helping them address school-related and home-related challenges. I have additional training in working with clients with ADHD.
(867) 670-0844 View (867) 670-0844
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Rebecca Ruth Goutal
BFA, RTC
Verified Verified
Nelson, BC V1L
I offer a person-centered, holistic approach to supporting people to connect with their innate wisdom to heal, grow, and thrive. Honouring the unique context of peoples’ experiences, I support people on their transformational path through anxiety, relationship difficulties, grief, loss, loneliness, depression, healing trauma & creating resilience. My focus is to create a safe, warm, inclusive atmosphere where the fear & shame that often hold us back from healing can soften through an experience of compassionate acceptance & deeply attuned therapeutic support.
I offer a person-centered, holistic approach to supporting people to connect with their innate wisdom to heal, grow, and thrive. Honouring the unique context of peoples’ experiences, I support people on their transformational path through anxiety, relationship difficulties, grief, loss, loneliness, depression, healing trauma & creating resilience. My focus is to create a safe, warm, inclusive atmosphere where the fear & shame that often hold us back from healing can soften through an experience of compassionate acceptance & deeply attuned therapeutic support.
(587) 417-6672 View (587) 417-6672
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Carla Duda
Counsellor, MC, RCC, CCP
Verified Verified
Nelson, BC V1L
‘Hearts are not the burdens they carry; but the burdens they carry can drive their extremes' (Richard Schwartz, 2018). There are times when we feel truly burdened: exhausted, confused, immobilized, distressed, anxious, in relationship discord or overwhelmed. As challenging as these experiences can be, we can grow our strength and grow our courage in our willingness to approach them. I work with clients to assist in living with more calm, courage, compassion, meaning, and deep connection.
‘Hearts are not the burdens they carry; but the burdens they carry can drive their extremes' (Richard Schwartz, 2018). There are times when we feel truly burdened: exhausted, confused, immobilized, distressed, anxious, in relationship discord or overwhelmed. As challenging as these experiences can be, we can grow our strength and grow our courage in our willingness to approach them. I work with clients to assist in living with more calm, courage, compassion, meaning, and deep connection.
(778) 654-6413 View (778) 654-6413
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Christine Rookwood
LCSW, MSW, RSW, RCC
Verified Verified
Nelson, BC V1L
If you are struggling with a particular issue, feeling lost in a relationship; intimate or professional, worrying and lacking the motivation to put ideas/thoughts into action, or just generally feeling stuck, I'm glad you are here. Life is complex and doesn't come with clear and definitive guidelines. No wonder we can feel overwhelmed! Sometimes it can just feel like it too much to manage alone. Working in a therapeutic relationship where you are the focus can help you find ways to learn, grow, and heal.
If you are struggling with a particular issue, feeling lost in a relationship; intimate or professional, worrying and lacking the motivation to put ideas/thoughts into action, or just generally feeling stuck, I'm glad you are here. Life is complex and doesn't come with clear and definitive guidelines. No wonder we can feel overwhelmed! Sometimes it can just feel like it too much to manage alone. Working in a therapeutic relationship where you are the focus can help you find ways to learn, grow, and heal.
(647) 930-6082 View (647) 930-6082
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Sara Kammerzell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, Sara Kammerzell, M Ed, RCC, CCC
Verified Verified
Nelson, BC V1L
In-person, Video and Walk and Talk. My passion in life is people, and my personal and professional motto is “Live true. Love deep”. I’m ever intrigued and inspired by the precious and unique journey of each unfolding person—galvanizing that movement towards wholeness and connection is my raison d’être. To this purpose, I bring a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology, 20 years of experience, and advanced studies and certification in Relationships, Recovery, Trauma, Deep Sexuality, and Transpersonal psychology. I work with individuals, couples, and groups to reclaim their full human potential and live their deepest truth.
In-person, Video and Walk and Talk. My passion in life is people, and my personal and professional motto is “Live true. Love deep”. I’m ever intrigued and inspired by the precious and unique journey of each unfolding person—galvanizing that movement towards wholeness and connection is my raison d’être. To this purpose, I bring a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology, 20 years of experience, and advanced studies and certification in Relationships, Recovery, Trauma, Deep Sexuality, and Transpersonal psychology. I work with individuals, couples, and groups to reclaim their full human potential and live their deepest truth.
(604) 992-9954 View (604) 992-9954
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Haylie Griffiths
Counsellor, MA, CCC
Verified Verified
Nelson, BC V1L
I am booking new clients across British Columbia online, or in person in Nelson, BC. I am a queer, non-monogamous, neurodivergent therapist who is passionate about joining people on their journeys to live their most authentic lives. Whether it's getting out from under the thumb of anxiety, building self-esteem, reducing shame, understanding your values and setting boundaries, or developing relationships that feel right for you, it brings me great joy to watch the growth of my clients as they begin to step into their truth.
I am booking new clients across British Columbia online, or in person in Nelson, BC. I am a queer, non-monogamous, neurodivergent therapist who is passionate about joining people on their journeys to live their most authentic lives. Whether it's getting out from under the thumb of anxiety, building self-esteem, reducing shame, understanding your values and setting boundaries, or developing relationships that feel right for you, it brings me great joy to watch the growth of my clients as they begin to step into their truth.
(587) 801-7361 View (587) 801-7361
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LA Narayan
Counsellor, MACP, BSW, BA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nelson, BC V1L
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. If you are struggling with something in particular, or simply feeling overwhelmed within life's challenges I would be honored to walk with you in your journey toward finding grounding and strength in your life.
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. If you are struggling with something in particular, or simply feeling overwhelmed within life's challenges I would be honored to walk with you in your journey toward finding grounding and strength in your life.
(365) 598-5991 View (365) 598-5991

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Does it matter what gender my therapist is?

In general, this is not an important factor, as there is no relationship between a therapist’s gender and their efficacy. Some clients, however, prefer to see therapists of a particular gender, whether due to their own past experiences with men and women, or ingrained beliefs about how people of different genders think and behave. Exploring the roots of such preferences and considering what one wants to address in therapy can help someone determine whether their therapist’s gender truly matters to them.

Should I see a female therapist?

Many people—not just women—prefer to see a female therapist, either because they believe that a woman will be able to relate to their specific challenges (for example, sexism in the workplace) or because they imagine feeling more comfortable disclosing sensitive information to a woman. Such beliefs may not turn out to be accurate, however, and adhering too rigidly to a gender preference can at times hinder a client from finding the best therapeutic match.

Do therapists get specific training to help with women’s concerns?

Therapists are trained to provide care to clients of any gender. However, some therapists—both men and women—may pursue additional training in feminist therapy, gender-specific issues, or women’s mental health. Female clients may wish to ask prospective therapists whether they have received specific training in the client’s primary area(s) of concern, or whether they have worked extensively with women on issues similar to their own.

How can I inquire about a therapist’s experience in treating women?

It’s OK—even encouraged!—to ask a therapist directly whether and how often they have treated women in the past, or whether they have treated women dealing with the client’s most prominent concern(s). Competent therapists will be happy to share their educational background, preferred treatment modalities, and prior client experience to help an individual find the therapist best suited to their needs.