It requires wisdom to know when healing is needed and courage to take action towards change. You clearly have both since you got this far!
Hi, my name is Lindsay, I’m a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#15845) and EMDR Therapist.
I work with adults and couples, first responders included, faced with challenges related to relationships, trauma, and abuse. I help clients heal painful emotional wounds from the past that still feel alive today and foster healthier patterns of relating to self and others.
From a young age I can recall being drawn to and wanting to help those struggling emotionally when many people feel discomfort by this. For me it feels like the natural path, and there is nothing more rewarding than to see clients gain some footing and build on their resilience amidst the chaos they feel!
Along with the genuine care I bring into work with clients, my practice is rooted in creating an emotionally safe, trusting, and non-pathologizing space for clients where the healing work can happen. Therapy can feel scary but it doesn’t have to be, let’s find humour along the way too!
The ten years prior to starting private practice I worked in various roles within the community including Stop the Violence Counselling at Burnaby Family Life, Crisis Counselling & Community Education with the Suicide Prevention Centre of BC, and Crisis Intervention Case Management for the Vancouver Police Department Victim Services Unit.
During those years I completed a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology at Adler University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Psychology at Simon Fraser University. Post grad I received specialized training in Trauma Informed Practice, EMDR, and Emotion Focused Therapy.
For those eligible for benefits, I’m registered with the Crime Victim Assistance Program.
Humans naturally are influenced by their environments, starting before entering this world in the mothers womb. We are continuously absorbing energy and messages about how we are to show up in the world from: family, school, culture, religion, society, politics, social media, advertising, etc, all which challenges our ability to live authentically. Therapy is a great place to explore ways to live in alignment what what feels right for you despite those external pressures.
Extreme amounts of anything isn’t ideal for humans. As easy as it is to get caught up with the demands of always being busy, productive, and overworked, we can become stuck in pattern of not enough resulting in an unfulfilled life, both which pull us away from the natural movement towards equilibrium. Just as I strive to maintain a balanced life, I support and encourage clients to as well in hopes to promote a healthier and more harmonious way of living.
“It’s not an adventure unless you are at least a little bit uncomfortable” I was told on a scary/exciting trip into a remote area of the jungle. I try to embrace all areas of life with a sense of adventure, which includes working with clients to support the adventurous aspect of the therapy process, because confronting challenging parts of ourselves and our lives is an adventure, which requires a tremendous amount of courage! I’m a firm believer though that this movement beyond the edge of the comfort zone is where the beauty and transformation occurs.
EMDR therapy may be helpful for those who have tried traditional talk therapy…
We would like to acknowledge that we live, work, and play on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.