Are you looking for a soft place to land? I am here to support people who are dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, relationship difficulties, life transitions, low self-worth and other challenges that come with being human. I also love to support people who use psychedelics to process and integrate their experiences. When working with me, you can expect to be treated with care, respect and compassion. I use an evidence-based, trauma-informed approach rooted in Adlerian Psychology to help you recognize your strengths, change unwanted patterns, and improve your relationships with yourself, others and the world.
Do you have trouble slowing down even when you don't have to be on? Is anxiety wreaking havoc on your relationships and your health? Does it feel like an alarm system is constantly going off in your mind and body? I get what that feels like and I am glad you are looking for help. So many people try to tough it out alone. Reaching out is smart, brave and the first step to getting your life back. Reach out for a free 15 minute consultation and start your journey to a safer, calmer, more peaceful center.
Having to cope with the stress of everyday life can be a real challenge. Sometimes you feel like you just can't handle it all and you find yourself stuck in a cycle of negative self-talk and an inability to follow-through with what you said you would do. Feeling overwhelmed and anxious can become a real problem. Maybe you find yourself worrying a lot about a specific situation or maybe you're not sure what the problem is. In any case, you're finding it difficult to get through the day, your productivity is slipping and you notice that it's taking a toll on your overall health and well-being.
In my twenty plus years experience working in the community and public school system, I have supported a variety of folks including: children, youth, adults, couples and families. I seek to help clients recognize their strengths, and I work with them to defuse from painful thoughts and feelings and to live a richer and more fulfilling life based on their values. I deeply value the relationship I have with my clients, and am honoured to support them to realize their goals.
I imagine you might be struggling in some way at the moment. Maybe things are not the way you thought they would be. Maybe you imagined your life would have turned out differently. Perhaps you have had some painful life experiences that are feeling difficult to heal. Our grief and loss are exactly that and need to be honoured. What I do believe is if we allow space for our emotions and give the pain the attention it needs, we can experience some relief from that pain and find where the light can seep in. We then can build a life full of meaning and happiness.
While pain is inevitable in our lives, counselling can provide you the support you need to help reduce the suffering you are experiencing. The relationship between a counsellor and client is the most important indicator of success in therapy, and with me you will find a counsellor that is compassionate, genuine, non-judgmental, and transparent. Together we can explore the larger context of your current difficulties to help you better understand your experience, feel more agency and ability to cope, and build upon your strengths and resilience.
I support those who are seeking not only to better understand their underlying patterns but also to actively improve their quality of life with a safe, supportive and collaborative counselling relationship. Issues that I help with include healing from traumatic loss, recovering from the effects of childhood trauma, relationship abuse, and other difficult life events. I also work extensively with issues around emotional regulation, boundary setting, anxiety, depression and substance misuse. Even when your struggles originate from severe adversity and trauma, you can grow, not only despite adversity, but because of it.
In his clinical experience, Dr. Metta helped clients navigate feelings of shame and inadequacy, grief and loss, deal with depression and anxiety, Complex Trauma and PTSD, with a trauma-informed care approach, in a direct and compassionate style. While his interventions draw from a variety of theoretical orientations, his work is existential in perspective and uses Mindfulness, EMDR, and other evidence-based techniques to match here-and-now interventions to the individual needs of clients. Please note Dr. Metta works with adult clients only.
Hello and welcome! I work with people from all backgrounds, who are experiencing a variety of challenges, and help them to determine and meet their individual goals. This might include managing depression and anxiety, minimizing substance use, improving relationships with others and self, navigating life transitions and challenges, creating a more enjoyable and fulfilling life, and/or coping with stressors of all kinds.
Folk wisdom may claim that you need to hit that “rock bottom” in order to turn your life around, but I believe in taking a proactive approach to mental wellness. In the words of Cristine Urquhart, you shouldn't have to lose your soul to get help. Further, mental wellness is more than just an absence of symptoms or an absence of an illness. Mental wellness is about being able to take joy in life and being connected to yourself, the people around you, and the natural world, in ways that enrich your life. Whatever brings you here, you are welcome.
Hope gives people a reason to continue fighting and believing that their current circumstances will improve, despite the unpredictable nature of human existence. However, to feel hopeful can be tricky when you’ve experienced depression, anxiety, PTSD, grief and loss, and emotional pain. How do you go through those hard times? I have been privileged to support thousands of people of all backgrounds and ages to find their hope back despite life challenges.
Feeling anxious, overwhelmed, self-doubting? If your life path has changed, it can be time for new skills & perspectives. I am a compassionate therapist who helps clients through the fear that's inherent in stretching comfort zones.I honor your exisitng successes & respect the challenges & joys in your story. Growth is attainable at any point and we'll start with small steps. Gain clarity, grounding, and renewed self-lo to pursue the quality of life you want. As you understand yourself more deeply, there's opportunity to recover from struggles with more resilience, & effectively communicate your needs and boundaries with loved ones.
As my client you are the focus of my work, and from the moment you sit down with me I want you to feel supported, safe, and welcome. I create a compassionate environment for the work of counselling. I work with adults experiencing a variety of difficulties: depression, anxiety & stress, trauma, life transitions, grief, relationship stress, or simply feeling "stuck" in life. Many clients come with a combination of issues or perhaps a vague sense that something in their life isn't quite working. After getting to know you, I tailor my approach to fit your unique needs and goals.
Hi I'm Aaron. I have experience in the helping and therapeutic fields for almost 20-years. I believe in bringing my authentic self to my practice and relationships with others. I have recently opened a full time practice on Commercial Drive. Throughout my work I have met people who have struggled with many different problems. I believe my job is not to fix problems (or you!), but to assist you in unravel the effects of the problem on your life. My approach is centred in a queer, gender affirming, anti-oppressive, and socially just framework.
You feel disconnected and unhappy. You’ve lost interest in things you once enjoyed and spend a lot of time on your phone or computer to distract you from the stress in your life. You have goals and dreams that you’d like to pursue but fear of failure and procrastination leave you feeling paralyzed. It’s hard to imagine a bright future or things changing, but you haven’t given up yet. You want to have a clear path forward so you can find enjoyment and meaning in your work, relationships, and hobbies.
My clients see me as warm, respectful, and genuine. I am passionate about helping people make positive changes in their lives. I believe my clients are the experts in their lives, and am like a "personal trainer" for building strength to address the feelings, thoughts and behaviours that may be getting in the way of their positive growth. My professional training and experience has helped clients address issues related to depression/anxiety, stress, relationship/family/couples counselling, existential angst, sudden life changes, work/school difficulties, grief /loss and vocational/career exploration. I hope to help you soon too!
I approach counselling from a lens that is grounded in the continued practice of anti-racism, disability justice, queer theory, sex positivity, and that recognizes the systemic violence that has, and continues to, harm us and impact our experiences in the world, and inside ourselves. The main niche of folks that I have had the honour of working with over the years have been queer and trans folks, sex workers, disabled folks, non-traditional relationship networks, kink and bdsm communities, BIPOC folks, folks navigating complex trauma, and those living at the intersections of many of these identities.
If you are looking to work on any of the following in your life, we might be a good counselling match! -> Healthy communication and boundaries | Self-esteem | Confidence | Motivation | Understanding and fulfilling emotional needs | Healing from past wounds | Moving forward from a difficult breakup | Leaving an abusive relationship | Learning how to cope with difficult family dynamics -> If you are tired of repeating old patterns and want to take a new direction that is also in alignment with your values and desires, let's work together.
The people I work with often tell me they experience intense, difficult emotions that are hard to control, often leading to harmful coping behaviours and relationship turmoil. Taking a behavioural approach, we work together to develop strategies and tools that support a more fulfilling life—what is referred to in DBT as a "life experienced as worth living.” Wellness tools and strategies we use are informed by DBT, ACT, CBT, mindfulness, and narrative therapy, but I believe it is the trusting and supportive relationship we build that forms the foundation upon which this challenging yet rewarding work is done.
As a Registered Clinical Counsellor with over 20 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families, I use a client-centred, integrative approach to address the therapeutic goals of clients. No one should be defined by their diagnoses, and rather than placing emphasis on what is not working, I collaborate with clients to determine what actions can be taken to improve on their circumstances. All individuals exist along their own continuum of mental health, and with adequate supports and a focus on the holistic well-being of each individual, every client can be nurtured towards growth and a healthier sense of self.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in East Side, Vancouver are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in East Side, Vancouver then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in East Side, Vancouver, or Child Psychologists in East Side, Vancouver.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like East Side, Vancouver psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in East Side, Vancouver specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.