MEET STEFANIE POLI
REGISTERED CLINICAL COUNSELLOR
Hi, my name is Stefanie and I use the pronouns She/Her. I’m a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#3806) and an EMDR therapist.
I came into my role as a Clinical Counsellor because I love working with people to achieve a greater sense of self-awareness and helping them move towards becoming a version of themselves that they strive to be. As a mother of two children myself, I am especially passionate about working to empower women and/or mothers to help heal past trauma and work to create a sense of self-compassion. My approach to counselling comes from a belief that all individuals are deserving of respect and empathy. I take an accepting and non-judgemental stance to all issues that are brought into a counselling space. I also practice from the foundation that each individual is truly unique and work to honour the history they bring into the room.
I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree at Simon Fraser University, focusing on Psychology and Criminology. I followed up with a Master of Arts degree at Adler University, and later became registered through BCACC as a Clinical Counsellor. My post-graduate training includes, EMDR, healing after sexual abuse, trauma-informed practice, and working from an anti-racist and decolonized stance.
I have spent the past 14 years working at a non-profit family counselling organization, specializing in working with mothers of young children to help break toxic familial cycles and help regain a sense of empowerment and self-identity. In that time, I have also worked for many years as a supervisor, helping to support staff in their work with families.
I am grateful to be practicing on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem First Nation), which lies within the shared territories of the Tsleil-Waututh, Katzie, Musqueam, Qayqayt, Squamish, and Sto’:lo Nations.