Transgender Therapists in White Rock, BC

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Shira Stanford-Asiyo
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
White Rock, BC V4B
Shira is a compassionate and dedicated therapist who utilizes a strength-based approach to support individuals in creating positive change and growth. With a deep understanding of the challenges life presents, she offers a safe and nonjudgmental environment for clients to explore their concerns. She is informed by her work for the last two decades as a community organizer and educator of youth and adults of all ages. Shira incorporates elements of solution-focused, mindfulness-based, and trauma-informed therapeutic modalities.
Shira is a compassionate and dedicated therapist who utilizes a strength-based approach to support individuals in creating positive change and growth. With a deep understanding of the challenges life presents, she offers a safe and nonjudgmental environment for clients to explore their concerns. She is informed by her work for the last two decades as a community organizer and educator of youth and adults of all ages. Shira incorporates elements of solution-focused, mindfulness-based, and trauma-informed therapeutic modalities.
(249) 504-2245 View (249) 504-2245
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Gagan Hayer
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
White Rock, BC V4B
I am a Sikh-Canadian cis-woman who is honoured and grateful to live, learn and play on the unceded lands of the Coast Salish Peoples. Being a person of colour, understanding culture, identity and the integration of values is an evolving process. Having worked with families over the past decade, I work from an empowerment lens, helping you understand how mental health, shame, guilt, anxiety and trauma have played a role in your life. Sessions are focused on understanding your values, beliefs and identity challenges as we create a plan to overcome them, building resiliency within the process.
I am a Sikh-Canadian cis-woman who is honoured and grateful to live, learn and play on the unceded lands of the Coast Salish Peoples. Being a person of colour, understanding culture, identity and the integration of values is an evolving process. Having worked with families over the past decade, I work from an empowerment lens, helping you understand how mental health, shame, guilt, anxiety and trauma have played a role in your life. Sessions are focused on understanding your values, beliefs and identity challenges as we create a plan to overcome them, building resiliency within the process.
(226) 457-7029 View (226) 457-7029
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Hartsen Counselling
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
White Rock, BC V4B
Do you value relationships and feel you would like to be more confident in yourself? Our challenges can be our greatest teachers but they may feel overwhelming when we try to face them alone, especially if we have suffered through trauma. If you have emotional injuries in need of healing or a relationship you wish to bring closer, by exploring these issues we may uncover hidden resources and new possibilities. We may work through unconscious beliefs or hidden traumas along the way. By supporting ourselves in new ways, we can free ourselves from old fears and become more of who we truly are.
Do you value relationships and feel you would like to be more confident in yourself? Our challenges can be our greatest teachers but they may feel overwhelming when we try to face them alone, especially if we have suffered through trauma. If you have emotional injuries in need of healing or a relationship you wish to bring closer, by exploring these issues we may uncover hidden resources and new possibilities. We may work through unconscious beliefs or hidden traumas along the way. By supporting ourselves in new ways, we can free ourselves from old fears and become more of who we truly are.
(778) 760-4285 View (778) 760-4285
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Lana Farah
Counsellor, MACP, CCPA, RCC
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
White Rock, BC V4B
As a licensed and experienced therapist, I specialize in helping individuals, families, and couples of all ages to develop effective strategies for managing trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, and parenting challenges. My goal is to provide a safe, compassionate, and non-judgmental atmosphere to support self-exploration, growth, and positive change. Through our work together, I can help you to develop new skills for coping with difficult emotions, improving communication, and making life changes that can lead to greater happiness, satisfaction, and a stronger sense of connection in your daily life.
As a licensed and experienced therapist, I specialize in helping individuals, families, and couples of all ages to develop effective strategies for managing trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, and parenting challenges. My goal is to provide a safe, compassionate, and non-judgmental atmosphere to support self-exploration, growth, and positive change. Through our work together, I can help you to develop new skills for coping with difficult emotions, improving communication, and making life changes that can lead to greater happiness, satisfaction, and a stronger sense of connection in your daily life.
(672) 202-2459 View (672) 202-2459
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Dmitry Alexandrovich
Counsellor, RCC, CCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
White Rock, BC V4B
My purpose is to assist you in facing and processing traumatic / adverse life experiences that could have resulted in anxiety, depression, PTSD, addictions, anger issues, etc. Together, we will explore and unravel the nature and roots of what prevents you from living a happier life. Despite the possible challenges that may arise on this way, please know that you have a huge potential to live your life based on what is right with you. As a clinician, I am committed to do to the best of my abilities for facilitating this process and helping you reach your goals.
My purpose is to assist you in facing and processing traumatic / adverse life experiences that could have resulted in anxiety, depression, PTSD, addictions, anger issues, etc. Together, we will explore and unravel the nature and roots of what prevents you from living a happier life. Despite the possible challenges that may arise on this way, please know that you have a huge potential to live your life based on what is right with you. As a clinician, I am committed to do to the best of my abilities for facilitating this process and helping you reach your goals.
(833) 634-0972 View (833) 634-0972
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David Michael Portesi
Counsellor, MPH, MCP, RCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
White Rock, BC V4B
Not accepting new clients
Good mental health at any age is rooted in healthy relationships, a fulfilling home and community life, purposeful work and career options, and overall physical and mental well-being. Using a variety of techniques, I enjoy working with individuals and couples who are navigating life transitions, need to work through obstacles and opportunities, or who simply want to connect with the people around them in a more meaningful way. Most importantly, I want to foster a safe, supportive counselling relationship with you that helps you find the answers you need to live a full and meaningful life.
Good mental health at any age is rooted in healthy relationships, a fulfilling home and community life, purposeful work and career options, and overall physical and mental well-being. Using a variety of techniques, I enjoy working with individuals and couples who are navigating life transitions, need to work through obstacles and opportunities, or who simply want to connect with the people around them in a more meaningful way. Most importantly, I want to foster a safe, supportive counselling relationship with you that helps you find the answers you need to live a full and meaningful life.
(778) 828-1692 View (778) 828-1692
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One Step Counselling
Counsellor, MEd, RCC
Verified Verified
White Rock, BC V4B
If you are looking for an authentic, warm counsellor who can support you as you find your way through difficult times I would love to meet with you & see how we can work together to create the change you want. I know that it can be hard to reach out that first time. I know because I have been in your shoes - I've done the work too. Life is hard. Working to improve it can be made easier by finding someone who you feel truly cares & feels safe to explore the deeper questions. Weaving together education & life experiences I offer unique perspectives & insight that can often ignite new ideas and ways forward for my clients.
If you are looking for an authentic, warm counsellor who can support you as you find your way through difficult times I would love to meet with you & see how we can work together to create the change you want. I know that it can be hard to reach out that first time. I know because I have been in your shoes - I've done the work too. Life is hard. Working to improve it can be made easier by finding someone who you feel truly cares & feels safe to explore the deeper questions. Weaving together education & life experiences I offer unique perspectives & insight that can often ignite new ideas and ways forward for my clients.
(604) 366-0147 View (604) 366-0147
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Patricia Pike Certified Interventionist - Addiction Counsellor
Drug & Alcohol Counsellor, LAADC, ICAADC, ICADC, CIP, NAID
Verified Verified
White Rock, BC V4B
Patricia Pike is the CEO and founder of Interventions Canada. As a Certified Intervention Professional, Addiction Specialist, and Educator, she is committed to raising the standard of care in addiction and mental health treatment. With over 25 years of experience in behavioral health, her expertise lies in alcoholism, substance abuse, addiction disorders, and complex mental health issues. She has led numerous successful interventions globally and holds citizenship in both the United States and Canada. Her commitment to this field is deeply personal, having been in long-term recovery herself.
Patricia Pike is the CEO and founder of Interventions Canada. As a Certified Intervention Professional, Addiction Specialist, and Educator, she is committed to raising the standard of care in addiction and mental health treatment. With over 25 years of experience in behavioral health, her expertise lies in alcoholism, substance abuse, addiction disorders, and complex mental health issues. She has led numerous successful interventions globally and holds citizenship in both the United States and Canada. Her commitment to this field is deeply personal, having been in long-term recovery herself.
(343) 321-2218 View (343) 321-2218
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Carol A Ateah
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
White Rock, BC V4B
Have you ever wondered: How much of my problem is me generated and how much is other people or circumstances? You know you are responsible for making changes in your life and yet things happen that make that change seemingly impossible. How can I change my private self and how I relate outwardly? Can I move from victim to survivor, from bully to challenger from rescuer to supporter even when the world and those around me don't cooperate? It's a question worth exploring. Spoiler Alert! It's very possible!
Have you ever wondered: How much of my problem is me generated and how much is other people or circumstances? You know you are responsible for making changes in your life and yet things happen that make that change seemingly impossible. How can I change my private self and how I relate outwardly? Can I move from victim to survivor, from bully to challenger from rescuer to supporter even when the world and those around me don't cooperate? It's a question worth exploring. Spoiler Alert! It's very possible!
(778) 760-9089 View (778) 760-9089
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Elizabeth Nardella
Registered Social Worker, RCC, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
White Rock, BC V4B
Elizabeth, an experienced and well-rounded therapist, operates from a trauma-informed practice. She creates a safe haven for her clients, allowing them to be heard and seen. Elizabeth specializes in addressing challenges related to anxiety, depression, and personal identity. Her mission is to guide clients toward their “lightbulb moments”—those transformative insights that illuminate their paths. One of Elizabeth’s core passions lies in empowering women. She helps them discover their unique voices, tap into their inner power, and navigate their paths to success. By fostering self-expression and encouraging women to use their voices
Elizabeth, an experienced and well-rounded therapist, operates from a trauma-informed practice. She creates a safe haven for her clients, allowing them to be heard and seen. Elizabeth specializes in addressing challenges related to anxiety, depression, and personal identity. Her mission is to guide clients toward their “lightbulb moments”—those transformative insights that illuminate their paths. One of Elizabeth’s core passions lies in empowering women. She helps them discover their unique voices, tap into their inner power, and navigate their paths to success. By fostering self-expression and encouraging women to use their voices
(604) 305-3123 View (604) 305-3123
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Vitality Collective Counselling Centres
Counsellor, MA, RCC, CCC
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
White Rock, BC V4B
We believe that therapy is for everyone. With offices located in Surrey, Vancouver, and Chilliwack, our team consists of 20+ therapists who are uniquely skilled to help you heal and thrive. The research in counselling and therapy demonstrates that about 70% of what accounts for the outcome or change in therapy is based on the therapeutic relationship between your therapist and you. Therefore, it is so important to ensure the right fit; to make sure you feel understood and that you can trust your counsellor to be compassionate, non-judgemental, and professional.
We believe that therapy is for everyone. With offices located in Surrey, Vancouver, and Chilliwack, our team consists of 20+ therapists who are uniquely skilled to help you heal and thrive. The research in counselling and therapy demonstrates that about 70% of what accounts for the outcome or change in therapy is based on the therapeutic relationship between your therapist and you. Therefore, it is so important to ensure the right fit; to make sure you feel understood and that you can trust your counsellor to be compassionate, non-judgemental, and professional.
(604) 256-7769 View (604) 256-7769
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Sage One Wellness Counselling & Consulting
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
White Rock, BC V4B  (Online Only)
My name is Parveen and I have over 20 years of experience in the counselling field. Many of my clients struggle with regulating their emotions and controlling their thoughts; impacting their relationships and goals when all they want to do is connect or be more effective. I support teens in the challenges they face navigating family, social situations, school, and mental health. I am also passionate about helping families reconnect, build stronger bonds, and set boundaries with each other.
My name is Parveen and I have over 20 years of experience in the counselling field. Many of my clients struggle with regulating their emotions and controlling their thoughts; impacting their relationships and goals when all they want to do is connect or be more effective. I support teens in the challenges they face navigating family, social situations, school, and mental health. I am also passionate about helping families reconnect, build stronger bonds, and set boundaries with each other.
(705) 410-6494 View (705) 410-6494
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Josette Marie Steel
MA, DVATI, CertA&D, CCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
White Rock, BC V4B  (Online Only)
I'm really glad you're here. Over the past 30 years I've supported a wide variety of people on their healing journey. Together, we have worked through issues around trauma (current, historic & generational) PTSD, addiction & recovery (including alcohol, drugs, food, sex, gaming, porn, shopping, relationships & gambling), sexuality & sexual orientation, anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder, and bipolar disorder. I have also supported people who live differently-abled lives, including those living on the autism spectrum and with Downs Syndrome. Please check out my website &/or call/text/email, to get to know me better.
I'm really glad you're here. Over the past 30 years I've supported a wide variety of people on their healing journey. Together, we have worked through issues around trauma (current, historic & generational) PTSD, addiction & recovery (including alcohol, drugs, food, sex, gaming, porn, shopping, relationships & gambling), sexuality & sexual orientation, anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder, and bipolar disorder. I have also supported people who live differently-abled lives, including those living on the autism spectrum and with Downs Syndrome. Please check out my website &/or call/text/email, to get to know me better.
(778) 960-1899 View (778) 960-1899
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San Samra
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
White Rock, BC V4B
Do you struggle with your emotions? Do they lead you to engage in behaviours that you regret? Are you struggling with interpersonal conflicts, substance use, self harm, or mental health concerns? I can help you achieve your goals and to go from surviving to thriving. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors. With having worked in both private and public mental health settings, I've been able to work with people struggling with addiction, depression, intense emotions, life transitions, self-harm, stress/anxiety, suicidal ideation, trauma/PTSD, and many others.
Do you struggle with your emotions? Do they lead you to engage in behaviours that you regret? Are you struggling with interpersonal conflicts, substance use, self harm, or mental health concerns? I can help you achieve your goals and to go from surviving to thriving. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors. With having worked in both private and public mental health settings, I've been able to work with people struggling with addiction, depression, intense emotions, life transitions, self-harm, stress/anxiety, suicidal ideation, trauma/PTSD, and many others.
(604) 706-1378 View (604) 706-1378
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Mary Tuhkala Counselling And Play Therapy
Counsellor, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
White Rock, BC V4B
Does your child struggle with expressing their emotions? Are they facing challenges that seem difficult to talk about? Are they struggling with confidence and self-esteem? My play therapy approach helps children navigate their emotions, behaviors, and challenges through the power of play. My playroom work is a gentle, effective way for children to communicate their thoughts and feelings in an age-appropriate way such as through toys, games, and creative activities.
Does your child struggle with expressing their emotions? Are they facing challenges that seem difficult to talk about? Are they struggling with confidence and self-esteem? My play therapy approach helps children navigate their emotions, behaviors, and challenges through the power of play. My playroom work is a gentle, effective way for children to communicate their thoughts and feelings in an age-appropriate way such as through toys, games, and creative activities.
(873) 710-3287 View (873) 710-3287
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Jessica Gill
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
White Rock, BC V4B
Hello, I am Jessica Gill, the founder of Emerald Counselling and Consulting. As a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology with Distinction and over a decade of diverse experience in mental health and substance use roles, I'm here to guide you on your path to well-being. My counselling journey began with a commitment to making a positive impact. With a solid foundation, including a practicum at Simon Fraser University Health and Counseling Services. Throughout my career, I have worked with both adults and youth dealing with substance use and affected clients and its effects.
Hello, I am Jessica Gill, the founder of Emerald Counselling and Consulting. As a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology with Distinction and over a decade of diverse experience in mental health and substance use roles, I'm here to guide you on your path to well-being. My counselling journey began with a commitment to making a positive impact. With a solid foundation, including a practicum at Simon Fraser University Health and Counseling Services. Throughout my career, I have worked with both adults and youth dealing with substance use and affected clients and its effects.
(506) 804-9515 View (506) 804-9515
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Nikkol Adams
Counsellor, MA, RCC, EMDR, Somatic, 400-YTT
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
White Rock, BC V4B
Feeling disconnected from yourself? Struggling to break free from patterns? Constantly overwhelmed? Managing emotions feels like a challenge? Seeking support and allowing space for self-reflection can be daunting. For that, I recognize the courage it has taken for you to get here and the willingness to be open. I believe understanding your human experience is the path towards healing. Therefore, wonder, acceptance, and compassion are core values of my approach. As we become more self-reflective towards our physical, emotional, and spiritual selves, we gain the ability to create lasting change in our lives.
Feeling disconnected from yourself? Struggling to break free from patterns? Constantly overwhelmed? Managing emotions feels like a challenge? Seeking support and allowing space for self-reflection can be daunting. For that, I recognize the courage it has taken for you to get here and the willingness to be open. I believe understanding your human experience is the path towards healing. Therefore, wonder, acceptance, and compassion are core values of my approach. As we become more self-reflective towards our physical, emotional, and spiritual selves, we gain the ability to create lasting change in our lives.
(672) 648-0577 View (672) 648-0577

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Harjinder (Harj) Kaur Heer
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified Verified
Surrey, BC V4P
In sessions, one of my goals is to be mindful and offer a safe place for clients to share personal thoughts and experiences. Being present in each moment allows me to focus on a strong therapeutic relationship with my clients. This relationship then leads to us collaboratively establishing goals as well as working toward goals. I am available in Abbotsford on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays and at Living Wellness Center in South Surrey on Wednesdays and Fridays.
In sessions, one of my goals is to be mindful and offer a safe place for clients to share personal thoughts and experiences. Being present in each moment allows me to focus on a strong therapeutic relationship with my clients. This relationship then leads to us collaboratively establishing goals as well as working toward goals. I am available in Abbotsford on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays and at Living Wellness Center in South Surrey on Wednesdays and Fridays.
(604) 535-3335 View (604) 535-3335
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Charlene Kostecki
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, RCC, STEP
Verified Verified
Surrey, BC V4A
"Change is possible, and the right therapy will instill confidence, awaken insight, and nurture growth. Together we will help you discover and heal so that you can feel better and live the life and have the relationships you want." Are you dealing with Anxiety? Depression? Anger? Relationhsip Issues? Call me and discuss how I can help you find balance and happiness." 604 992-7220
"Change is possible, and the right therapy will instill confidence, awaken insight, and nurture growth. Together we will help you discover and heal so that you can feel better and live the life and have the relationships you want." Are you dealing with Anxiety? Depression? Anger? Relationhsip Issues? Call me and discuss how I can help you find balance and happiness." 604 992-7220
(604) 992-7220 View (604) 992-7220
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Skye Wylie
Counsellor, MEd, RCC, CCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Surrey, BC V4A
Feeling overwhelmed, lost or alone? Uncertain of how to move forward? With empathy, compassion and warmth, I invite clients to explore concerns that may be preventing them from living with greater meaning, purpose and happiness. I have a passion for working with people of all ages, including those with neuro-diversities, and people experiencing depression, anxiety, grief, loss and trauma to create deeper connection with themselves, their loved ones and their lives.
Feeling overwhelmed, lost or alone? Uncertain of how to move forward? With empathy, compassion and warmth, I invite clients to explore concerns that may be preventing them from living with greater meaning, purpose and happiness. I have a passion for working with people of all ages, including those with neuro-diversities, and people experiencing depression, anxiety, grief, loss and trauma to create deeper connection with themselves, their loved ones and their lives.
(365) 363-3410 View (365) 363-3410
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Tracy M Tillapaugh
Counsellor, BED, BA, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Surrey, BC V4A
When you notice there is something getting in the way of living your best life, remember that the “obstacle is the way”. This means that the way to the life you want is through this difficulty, which can become an entryway into more of what you want. I am here to help you move through obstacles until they become the way towards your best life. My goal as a therapist is to help people live a more balanced and connected life. I’m in my element as I create a safe, welcoming, and non-judgmental counseling environment, where people can explore the complexities of their lives. I work with clients from a holistic perspective.
When you notice there is something getting in the way of living your best life, remember that the “obstacle is the way”. This means that the way to the life you want is through this difficulty, which can become an entryway into more of what you want. I am here to help you move through obstacles until they become the way towards your best life. My goal as a therapist is to help people live a more balanced and connected life. I’m in my element as I create a safe, welcoming, and non-judgmental counseling environment, where people can explore the complexities of their lives. I work with clients from a holistic perspective.
(587) 818-6320 View (587) 818-6320
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Catherine Hollifield
Counsellor, MCP, RCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Surrey, BC V4B
I am intrigued by helping people navigate their own stories and build the life they want. I work with adults and youth 13+ in helping them understand themselves and the world around them a little better. I believe that counselling can bring insight and perspective that can help transform our experiences. The connection between the counsellor and client is critical in laying the groundwork to inspire positive growth.
I am intrigued by helping people navigate their own stories and build the life they want. I work with adults and youth 13+ in helping them understand themselves and the world around them a little better. I believe that counselling can bring insight and perspective that can help transform our experiences. The connection between the counsellor and client is critical in laying the groundwork to inspire positive growth.
(778) 771-4152 View (778) 771-4152
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Keli Johnston
Counsellor, RTC
Verified Verified
Surrey, BC V3S
I am deeply committed to supporting parents in the understanding of themselves and their children, and to guide them back to the inner knowing that they are their child’s best bet. My work with teens and young adults, as they move across that bridge between dependence and independence, has been some of the most rewarding. My holistic approach draws on my years of study in the works of Dr. Gordon Neufeld, James Hollis, Dr. Daniel Seigel, Dr. Gabor Mate and The Gottman Method. It is with these and other evidence based modalities that I endeavor to support my clients in living their true potential.
I am deeply committed to supporting parents in the understanding of themselves and their children, and to guide them back to the inner knowing that they are their child’s best bet. My work with teens and young adults, as they move across that bridge between dependence and independence, has been some of the most rewarding. My holistic approach draws on my years of study in the works of Dr. Gordon Neufeld, James Hollis, Dr. Daniel Seigel, Dr. Gabor Mate and The Gottman Method. It is with these and other evidence based modalities that I endeavor to support my clients in living their true potential.
(548) 708-7373 View (548) 708-7373
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Kirti Agarwal
Counsellor, RCC, MCP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Surrey, BC V4P
When one individual tries to solve multiple problems at the same time, things can easily get overwhelming. My sessions focus on helping my clients narrow down their problems to manageable goals, help them detangle their thoughts and gain clarity on their situation. I help them manage overwhelming emotions, such as anxiety, guilt and shame, and gain a sense of direction when dealing with life transitions. My approach helps my clients focus on parts of their problem that are within their control, while making sure that these changes have a trickle effect on aspects they want to change, but have no control over.
When one individual tries to solve multiple problems at the same time, things can easily get overwhelming. My sessions focus on helping my clients narrow down their problems to manageable goals, help them detangle their thoughts and gain clarity on their situation. I help them manage overwhelming emotions, such as anxiety, guilt and shame, and gain a sense of direction when dealing with life transitions. My approach helps my clients focus on parts of their problem that are within their control, while making sure that these changes have a trickle effect on aspects they want to change, but have no control over.
(581) 221-5422 View (581) 221-5422
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Dr. Catalina Zilveti Ostria
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Surrey, BC V4A
I have deep respect and care for my clients and it is my hope that in this safe and warm environment you can achieve your goals towards greater mental health and well-being.
I have deep respect and care for my clients and it is my hope that in this safe and warm environment you can achieve your goals towards greater mental health and well-being.
(709) 703-8578 View (709) 703-8578

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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.