Transgender Therapists in West Vancouver, BC

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Jamila Nazerali Hilborn
Counsellor, MC, RCC
Verified Verified
West Vancouver, BC V7V
I work primarily with children (ages 5 +), youth, and their families. A strong focus of mine is working with trauma, abuse, issues surrounding belonging, abandonment, divorce/separation, addiction, eating disorders, impacts of cultural genocide/colonization, anxiety, gender transitioning/identity, and depression. I strive to walk with clients to further support them in building the necessary tools to navigate challenging life events, and to experience more beauty and growth. I understand that reaching out is never easy and I aim to provide a safe, trusting, compassionate space to explore or process issues. Please Inquire for fees.
I work primarily with children (ages 5 +), youth, and their families. A strong focus of mine is working with trauma, abuse, issues surrounding belonging, abandonment, divorce/separation, addiction, eating disorders, impacts of cultural genocide/colonization, anxiety, gender transitioning/identity, and depression. I strive to walk with clients to further support them in building the necessary tools to navigate challenging life events, and to experience more beauty and growth. I understand that reaching out is never easy and I aim to provide a safe, trusting, compassionate space to explore or process issues. Please Inquire for fees.
(778) 901-2280 View (778) 901-2280
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Dr. Margaret Drewlo
Psychologist, RPsych
Verified Verified
West Vancouver, BC V7P  (Online Only)
All grief is not the same. You might think that you cannot survive your traumatic loss and life will never seem right again. You might think that the pain you are in now will never end. You wonder how other people get through the day. My clients seek to make sense of what has happened in their lives, to be understood and have a place of safety to explore new ways of living. Having helped clients in many areas of counselling and psychotherapy and with most age groups over the past 20 years, my experience is broad and deep. This informs my current work with clients, who like you, are looking for hope that life can get better.
All grief is not the same. You might think that you cannot survive your traumatic loss and life will never seem right again. You might think that the pain you are in now will never end. You wonder how other people get through the day. My clients seek to make sense of what has happened in their lives, to be understood and have a place of safety to explore new ways of living. Having helped clients in many areas of counselling and psychotherapy and with most age groups over the past 20 years, my experience is broad and deep. This informs my current work with clients, who like you, are looking for hope that life can get better.
(604) 409-8957 View (604) 409-8957
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Clayre Sessoms Psychotherapy
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, RCT, RCC, CCC, ATR-P
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
West Vancouver, BC V7P  (Online Only)
Are you overwhelmed by societal pressures to conform, questioning if your current life could embrace your truest form? I'm Clayre, a Registered Psychotherapist, Registered Clinical Counsellor, and Registered Art Therapist. I work with adults at any age and stage of life who might be feeling stressed, stuck, or worn out. Using a blend of evidence-based practices tailored to your specific therapy goals, I can help if you're feeling anxious, depressed, grief-stricken, hopeless, or stressed to the max. We'll work together to help you reclaim your sense of wellbeing. Let's find your path to growth, healing, and change.
Are you overwhelmed by societal pressures to conform, questioning if your current life could embrace your truest form? I'm Clayre, a Registered Psychotherapist, Registered Clinical Counsellor, and Registered Art Therapist. I work with adults at any age and stage of life who might be feeling stressed, stuck, or worn out. Using a blend of evidence-based practices tailored to your specific therapy goals, I can help if you're feeling anxious, depressed, grief-stricken, hopeless, or stressed to the max. We'll work together to help you reclaim your sense of wellbeing. Let's find your path to growth, healing, and change.
(604) 332-1826 View (604) 332-1826
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Courtney Sung
Counsellor, MC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Vancouver, BC V7T
Is your child struggling with challenges such as anxiety, peer conflict or emotion regulation? With over 12 years of experience in working with teens and kids, I am absolutely passionate about creating a comfortable and safe bond with my clients, using leading-edge interventions to help clients feel better, perform better and have more meaningful relationships with friends and family.
Is your child struggling with challenges such as anxiety, peer conflict or emotion regulation? With over 12 years of experience in working with teens and kids, I am absolutely passionate about creating a comfortable and safe bond with my clients, using leading-edge interventions to help clients feel better, perform better and have more meaningful relationships with friends and family.
(782) 800-5767 View (782) 800-5767
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Sara Khosravi
Counsellor, MA, MSc, RCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
West Vancouver, BC V7V  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Choosing a therapist can be an intimidating process and reaching out for help can be uncomfortable, but we all need support in order to thrive. I am a registered psychotherapist who is deeply committed to supporting those whose lives have been impacted by different life challenges. I’m here to answer your questions and give you the support and guidance you need to overcome and flourish. My counselling history is equipped with a well-rounded education and practice background, and incorporates many cultural perspectives and sensitivities.
Choosing a therapist can be an intimidating process and reaching out for help can be uncomfortable, but we all need support in order to thrive. I am a registered psychotherapist who is deeply committed to supporting those whose lives have been impacted by different life challenges. I’m here to answer your questions and give you the support and guidance you need to overcome and flourish. My counselling history is equipped with a well-rounded education and practice background, and incorporates many cultural perspectives and sensitivities.
(778) 227-2732 View (778) 227-2732
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Suzanne St John Smith
Counsellor, MA, CCC
Verified Verified
West Vancouver, BC V7V
Hello, I'm a West Vancouver psychotherapist in private practice serving West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, and Metro Vancouver. I offer counselling and psychotherapy services to individuals, couples, and families. Practice areas include relationship counseling, depression, anxiety, grief counseling, sexuality, separation & divorce, anger management, and mid-life issues.
Hello, I'm a West Vancouver psychotherapist in private practice serving West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, and Metro Vancouver. I offer counselling and psychotherapy services to individuals, couples, and families. Practice areas include relationship counseling, depression, anxiety, grief counseling, sexuality, separation & divorce, anger management, and mid-life issues.
(866) 775-9233 View (866) 775-9233
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Yegi Nasseri
Counsellor, RCC, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Vancouver, BC V7V
“Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion”. Welcome to my page. My Name is Yegi Nasseri and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor offering counselling services to individuals, couples and families. It takes courage to reach out to someone, share personal stories and feel unsure about the counselling process. My own life experiences and previous counselling practices have enabled me to interact and assist individuals and families on issues ranging from trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety and anger management to interpersonal relationship difficulties and substance abuse.
“Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion”. Welcome to my page. My Name is Yegi Nasseri and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor offering counselling services to individuals, couples and families. It takes courage to reach out to someone, share personal stories and feel unsure about the counselling process. My own life experiences and previous counselling practices have enabled me to interact and assist individuals and families on issues ranging from trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety and anger management to interpersonal relationship difficulties and substance abuse.
(604) 265-6998 View (604) 265-6998
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Pegah Counselling
Counsellor, RCC, MCP, Ind Eng, Com Eng
Verified Verified
West Vancouver, BC V7V
Pegah believes in the unlimited potential and the power that we all share as a human being. I believe the major reason that individuals would encounter barriers and gridlocks in the process of accessing their potentials and internal resources is the primary context as well as their current one. Therefore, I provide my clients with my full presence and genuine support during their journey of self-discovery and actualization of their unique gift and potential that embedded in each of us since our birth.
Pegah believes in the unlimited potential and the power that we all share as a human being. I believe the major reason that individuals would encounter barriers and gridlocks in the process of accessing their potentials and internal resources is the primary context as well as their current one. Therefore, I provide my clients with my full presence and genuine support during their journey of self-discovery and actualization of their unique gift and potential that embedded in each of us since our birth.
(289) 302-5979 View (289) 302-5979
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Imogen McIntyre
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RCSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
West Vancouver, BC V7T
I specialize in counselling for queer, trans, non-binary, and neurodivergent people. I work from the perspectives of social justice and attachment - I believe that the social environment we grew up in, and our relationship histories within those environments, shape how we think and feel in our present. I pay special attention to how power functions in our relationships, families, and communities, and how it impacts our internal experiences. I work extensively with people who discover their queer or trans identities later in life. I am also qualified to offer ADHD, ASD, and HRT readiness assessments.
I specialize in counselling for queer, trans, non-binary, and neurodivergent people. I work from the perspectives of social justice and attachment - I believe that the social environment we grew up in, and our relationship histories within those environments, shape how we think and feel in our present. I pay special attention to how power functions in our relationships, families, and communities, and how it impacts our internal experiences. I work extensively with people who discover their queer or trans identities later in life. I am also qualified to offer ADHD, ASD, and HRT readiness assessments.
(647) 951-0928 View (647) 951-0928
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Jody Radtke
Counsellor, MA, LPC, LMHC, RCC
Verified Verified
West Vancouver, BC V7P
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do. With your one wild and precious life?" -Mary Oliver- Let's get to the heart of what matters; Unlock access to your full expression; Live life more fully aligned with who you are and what you want. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, relationship or career challenges or the ability to express and receive love, you have within you all that you need. I will partner with you to design a path custom matched to you and your unique needs and help bring insight, courage and wisdom to support you in shining a light into the shadows to bring forth your brilliance.
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do. With your one wild and precious life?" -Mary Oliver- Let's get to the heart of what matters; Unlock access to your full expression; Live life more fully aligned with who you are and what you want. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, relationship or career challenges or the ability to express and receive love, you have within you all that you need. I will partner with you to design a path custom matched to you and your unique needs and help bring insight, courage and wisdom to support you in shining a light into the shadows to bring forth your brilliance.
(807) 790-2583 View (807) 790-2583
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ARC: Anxiety Relief Centre
Counsellor, MCP, RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Vancouver, BC V7T
Welcome! My name is Kelsey and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with a Masters of Counselling Psychology (MCP) from Adler University. I have a passion for helping empower clients to uncover their best selves. This passion has led to clinical opportunities that have allowed me to walk alongside men, women, and youth struggling with a variety of life challenges. I have been honoured to be able to support persons dealing with issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, relationship difficulties, abuse and addiction.
Welcome! My name is Kelsey and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with a Masters of Counselling Psychology (MCP) from Adler University. I have a passion for helping empower clients to uncover their best selves. This passion has led to clinical opportunities that have allowed me to walk alongside men, women, and youth struggling with a variety of life challenges. I have been honoured to be able to support persons dealing with issues such as anxiety, depression, stress, relationship difficulties, abuse and addiction.
(855) 910-8524 View (855) 910-8524
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Kathleen Ouellette, MA, RCC
Counsellor, MA, RCC, PC
Verified Verified
West Vancouver, BC V7T
In the world of problems, maybe none are more worth solving than those that plague children and families. Over 20 years, I have dedicated my practice to solving these problems by counselling parents, children & families and assisting them through high-conflict challenges. In March 2013, the Family Law Act changed whereby it now is rightly focused on the best interests of the child and makes it possible for families to work with a parental coordinator who has judicial authority to make legally binding decisions. This alternate dispute resolution allows for a more effective process so that children of high-conflict families are not stale mated.
In the world of problems, maybe none are more worth solving than those that plague children and families. Over 20 years, I have dedicated my practice to solving these problems by counselling parents, children & families and assisting them through high-conflict challenges. In March 2013, the Family Law Act changed whereby it now is rightly focused on the best interests of the child and makes it possible for families to work with a parental coordinator who has judicial authority to make legally binding decisions. This alternate dispute resolution allows for a more effective process so that children of high-conflict families are not stale mated.
(604) 706-1377 View (604) 706-1377
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Vital Synergy Mind Fitness Inc.
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RCC, RSW
Verified Verified
West Vancouver, BC V7V
I help you get to the root of your problems, train your brain to be more resilient, and overwrite unwanted default programming so you can make lasting change. 95% of your thoughts and behaviours are processed in your unconscious mind, which is why, even though you might want something better for yourself, you find yourself stuck. I use evidence-based techniques like hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, and neurofeedback to help you access your unconscious mind, and reprogram unwanted thoughts and behaviour patterns for good.
I help you get to the root of your problems, train your brain to be more resilient, and overwrite unwanted default programming so you can make lasting change. 95% of your thoughts and behaviours are processed in your unconscious mind, which is why, even though you might want something better for yourself, you find yourself stuck. I use evidence-based techniques like hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, and neurofeedback to help you access your unconscious mind, and reprogram unwanted thoughts and behaviour patterns for good.
(604) 770-3038 View (604) 770-3038
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Christine Butler
Counsellor, RPC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
West Vancouver, BC V7P  (Online Only)
There are times of transition in women's lives that can leave us feeling stuck, unfulfilled, overwhelmed, or disconnected. The greatest area of growth the women I work with experience is the ability to transform these periods of transition into possibility. Transitions can be uncomfortable, yet they are inevitable rites of passage and necessary to your growth and expansion as a human being. The good news is that by moving through them mindfully, new choices and options are unveiled, allowing you to create the life that you are most deeply yearning for. The question is, what will you choose?
There are times of transition in women's lives that can leave us feeling stuck, unfulfilled, overwhelmed, or disconnected. The greatest area of growth the women I work with experience is the ability to transform these periods of transition into possibility. Transitions can be uncomfortable, yet they are inevitable rites of passage and necessary to your growth and expansion as a human being. The good news is that by moving through them mindfully, new choices and options are unveiled, allowing you to create the life that you are most deeply yearning for. The question is, what will you choose?
(587) 812-4955 View (587) 812-4955
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Lee Kotsalis Thulin
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
West Vancouver, BC V7T
One of my clients described the process of therapy "like finally turning the lights on in a room that had been dark." It takes courage to seek counselling. It means committing to letting ourselves see, feel, and start to heal what we are no longer willing to keep dark. The joy in my work comes from helping people 'turn the lights on,' and witnessing what happens when they do.
One of my clients described the process of therapy "like finally turning the lights on in a room that had been dark." It takes courage to seek counselling. It means committing to letting ourselves see, feel, and start to heal what we are no longer willing to keep dark. The joy in my work comes from helping people 'turn the lights on,' and witnessing what happens when they do.
(604) 265-7820 View (604) 265-7820
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Nova Mental Health
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
West Vancouver, BC V7V
At Nova Mental Health, we focus on creating a warm, collaborative, and engaging atmosphere while incorporating the latest research evidence and best-practice guidelines to help children, teens, adults and couples move through challenges. Our aim is to provide you with new tools and strategies that can help you reach your goals. We are a team of psychologists, counsellors and social workers offering online (video conferencing) and some in-person therapy. You can read more about each of our areas of practice on our website.
At Nova Mental Health, we focus on creating a warm, collaborative, and engaging atmosphere while incorporating the latest research evidence and best-practice guidelines to help children, teens, adults and couples move through challenges. Our aim is to provide you with new tools and strategies that can help you reach your goals. We are a team of psychologists, counsellors and social workers offering online (video conferencing) and some in-person therapy. You can read more about each of our areas of practice on our website.
(778) 760-3841 View (778) 760-3841
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Susan Jean Alexander
Counsellor, MA, LMFT, RCC, E500RYT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
West Vancouver, BC V7W  (Online Only)
When we are caught in our mind we cannot feel our own beingness" I am dedicated to working with individuals, families and couples who are experiencing a range of emotional and behavioral concerns. Through client-centered sessions I offer a practice that deeply focuses on a myriad of issues including, anxiety, PTSD, depression, trauma, challenges with transitions in life stages, as well as finding purpose and searching for greater meaning and happiness. I seek to provide a space that is safe and supportive, where one can connect to and experience their deepest self, be listened to and validated.
When we are caught in our mind we cannot feel our own beingness" I am dedicated to working with individuals, families and couples who are experiencing a range of emotional and behavioral concerns. Through client-centered sessions I offer a practice that deeply focuses on a myriad of issues including, anxiety, PTSD, depression, trauma, challenges with transitions in life stages, as well as finding purpose and searching for greater meaning and happiness. I seek to provide a space that is safe and supportive, where one can connect to and experience their deepest self, be listened to and validated.
(778) 800-6941 View (778) 800-6941
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Rani Sandhu
Counsellor, RCC, MEd
Verified Verified
West Vancouver, BC V7P
Do you wonder why some painful patterns keep coming up over and over again, despite your best intentions? Are you longing to find peace amidst the endless ups and downs? The conflicts in your life are calling out to you, because they are looking for your attention, love and a space to transform. You have the opportunity to begin a new relationship with yourself, with others, and find the freedom to choose a different path, one that nourishes you. I am here to walk with you, on your journey from struggle to ease, from separateness to wholeness, and from pain to a deep love.
Do you wonder why some painful patterns keep coming up over and over again, despite your best intentions? Are you longing to find peace amidst the endless ups and downs? The conflicts in your life are calling out to you, because they are looking for your attention, love and a space to transform. You have the opportunity to begin a new relationship with yourself, with others, and find the freedom to choose a different path, one that nourishes you. I am here to walk with you, on your journey from struggle to ease, from separateness to wholeness, and from pain to a deep love.
(604) 200-3566 View (604) 200-3566
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Dina Aguila
Counsellor, MA, RCC-ACS, CCC
Verified Verified
West Vancouver, BC V7P  (Online Only)
Welcome, I am a Clinical Counselor who has had the immense privilege of supporting individuals in their journey of healing, personal growth, and self exploration ove 20 years. I adhere to a collaborative practice, placing at the center of it an ethical praxis that focuses on the well being, needs, and therapeutic goals of each individual. My practice is trauma-informed, non oppressive, and affirming of culture, ability, and identity. At the heart of my practice is a commitment to honour the wisdom inherent in each individual and their right to seek their journey of healing and self discovery in the best way that makes sense to them
Welcome, I am a Clinical Counselor who has had the immense privilege of supporting individuals in their journey of healing, personal growth, and self exploration ove 20 years. I adhere to a collaborative practice, placing at the center of it an ethical praxis that focuses on the well being, needs, and therapeutic goals of each individual. My practice is trauma-informed, non oppressive, and affirming of culture, ability, and identity. At the heart of my practice is a commitment to honour the wisdom inherent in each individual and their right to seek their journey of healing and self discovery in the best way that makes sense to them
(548) 490-5609 View (548) 490-5609
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Sharon Zack
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Vancouver, BC V7V
Are you longing to feel more connection and satisfaction in your relationships? Are you often feeling sad or anxious? Many of my clients may present to others thar they’re functioning well, but inwardly they may be feeling anxious, alone, and overwhelmed. I am here to support you on your journey to finding more peace, contentment and authenticity in your life and relationships.
Are you longing to feel more connection and satisfaction in your relationships? Are you often feeling sad or anxious? Many of my clients may present to others thar they’re functioning well, but inwardly they may be feeling anxious, alone, and overwhelmed. I am here to support you on your journey to finding more peace, contentment and authenticity in your life and relationships.
(506) 497-5731 View (506) 497-5731
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Strength Counselling Services
Counsellor, MEd, RCC, CCC, RSW, RP
Verified Verified
West Vancouver, BC V7P  (Online Only)
We are an online counselling agency so do not provide services in person. Strength Counselling Services has licensed, experienced therapists who use evidence-based practices, prioritize client needs, and maintain ethical standards. We offer culturally sensitive, affordable services in a supportive environment. We offer a comprehensive goals assessment, regularly assess progress, and collaborate with other professionals. We provide transparency in our fees and for thirteen years now have held a positive reputation of trust, and client success. Lastly, ensuring our clients' privacy and confidentiality are of utmost importance to us.
We are an online counselling agency so do not provide services in person. Strength Counselling Services has licensed, experienced therapists who use evidence-based practices, prioritize client needs, and maintain ethical standards. We offer culturally sensitive, affordable services in a supportive environment. We offer a comprehensive goals assessment, regularly assess progress, and collaborate with other professionals. We provide transparency in our fees and for thirteen years now have held a positive reputation of trust, and client success. Lastly, ensuring our clients' privacy and confidentiality are of utmost importance to us.
(867) 670-9708 View (867) 670-9708
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Laura Vander Steen
Registered Social Worker, BA Psy, MSW, RSW, EMDR
Verified Verified
West Vancouver, BC V7T
Your body and mind communicate clearly when something has been overwhelming. So many experiences can knock you off kilter and make it hard to feel your genuine self. You have likely landed here because your symptoms have become intrusive. Anxiety, panic attacks and anger are hard to ignore but what about the more subtle signs? Strained relationships, feeling numb, avoidance, disconnection and irritability also have a huge impact in your life.
Your body and mind communicate clearly when something has been overwhelming. So many experiences can knock you off kilter and make it hard to feel your genuine self. You have likely landed here because your symptoms have become intrusive. Anxiety, panic attacks and anger are hard to ignore but what about the more subtle signs? Strained relationships, feeling numb, avoidance, disconnection and irritability also have a huge impact in your life.
(778) 906-2829 View (778) 906-2829
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Alex Durian
Counsellor, MACP, RCC
Verified Verified
West Vancouver, BC V7T  (Online Only)
Although you’re surrounded by familiar faces, there’s an underlying feeling of loneliness and isolation that seems to follow you wherever you go. You long for deeper connection in your relationships, but you just can’t seem to find the right people or circles where you feel at ease. As someone who has many sides to their self, it constantly feels like you have to sacrifice parts of your identity to fit in. You’re finding it harder to enjoy the activities you once did and you’re overcome with exhaustion or restlessness as you try to get through your day. No matter how hard you try, it feels like there’s something missing.
Although you’re surrounded by familiar faces, there’s an underlying feeling of loneliness and isolation that seems to follow you wherever you go. You long for deeper connection in your relationships, but you just can’t seem to find the right people or circles where you feel at ease. As someone who has many sides to their self, it constantly feels like you have to sacrifice parts of your identity to fit in. You’re finding it harder to enjoy the activities you once did and you’re overcome with exhaustion or restlessness as you try to get through your day. No matter how hard you try, it feels like there’s something missing.
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Christina Balampougiki
BSc, MSc, EuroPsy
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
West Vancouver, BC V7W
Waitlist for new clients
It is said that tough times don't last, but tough  people do. In the journey of life, good times empower you with confidence while challenging times build your resilience. Christina has the ability to empathize and connect quickly with her clients offering support, hope and realistic solutions. The primary goal is to bring compassion, acceptance, and a sense of self as she offers a guiding hand to clients in their journey of personal discovery and growth. She also aims to ensure a safe space, free of conflict, to help clients, couples, parents, co-workers, partners, or family members to come to a common understanding & agreement.
It is said that tough times don't last, but tough  people do. In the journey of life, good times empower you with confidence while challenging times build your resilience. Christina has the ability to empathize and connect quickly with her clients offering support, hope and realistic solutions. The primary goal is to bring compassion, acceptance, and a sense of self as she offers a guiding hand to clients in their journey of personal discovery and growth. She also aims to ensure a safe space, free of conflict, to help clients, couples, parents, co-workers, partners, or family members to come to a common understanding & agreement.
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Mountain Bird Counselling
Counsellor, RTC
Verified Verified
West Vancouver, BC V7P
Offering sliding-scale services online ($90 - $120+GST). In-person ($130+GST). My name is Michael Vaclavik and I work in private practice in Vancouver. With decades of experience in mindfulness and body awareness, as well as training in Existential Analysis, my style of counseling provides deep and embodied support to help clients address the core of their life experiences. As a trauma-informed counselor, I prioritize safety and validation in my work. I work with individuals in the late-teens to adult range.
Offering sliding-scale services online ($90 - $120+GST). In-person ($130+GST). My name is Michael Vaclavik and I work in private practice in Vancouver. With decades of experience in mindfulness and body awareness, as well as training in Existential Analysis, my style of counseling provides deep and embodied support to help clients address the core of their life experiences. As a trauma-informed counselor, I prioritize safety and validation in my work. I work with individuals in the late-teens to adult range.
(902) 901-5720 View (902) 901-5720

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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.