Counselling for Individuals

Counselling and Psychotherapy Services in Downtown Vancouver

Julia is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC #3947) and holds a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology

 

I specialize in working with men and women struggling with and looking to move through:
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Self-Esteem Struggles
  • Stress – Any and All Types
  • Relationship Concerns and Enhancement
  • Feeling Lonely, Isolated, or Disconnected
  • Grief and Loss
  • Addiction Issues, and Support for the Loved Ones Affected
  • Childhood Abuse and Neglect
  • Communication Challenges, Boundary Setting, and Assertiveness
  • Career and Life Transitions and Decisions
  • Personal Growth and Self-Awareness
In my experience as a clinical counsellor I  have helped many people grow and become:
  • Happier
  • More Self-Confident
  • Peaceful and Balanced
  • Better Connected to Themselves and Others
  • More Accepting of Themselves and Others
  • Empowered and Courageous
  • More satisfied with life

In my practice the clients I work with often start to feel better and notice positive changes in their mood and outlook on life, themselves, and their relationships quite quickly. My therapeutic approach is designed to achieve lasting results in as short a time as possible. My goal is to help people challenge the thoughts, words, and behaviours that often get them stuck feeling frustrated, discouraged, upset, sad, worried, or anxious.

Sometimes people come for counselling and they’re not just sure of the precise reason or specific problem – they just know that things don’t feel quite right – they may feel stressed, sad, anxious, depressed, lonely or they simply want more for themselves, their relationships, and their lives.

You don’t have to have a specific reason, or a major problem to come to counselling. Coming to figure out what’s off and working together to get things on is reason enough.

 *Counselling fees for a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) may qualify for reimbursement with some Extended Health Benefits Plans.

**Counselling fees may also be filed in your personal taxes under “Medical Expenses.”

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We Have So Much. So Why Aren’t We Happier?

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Depression is on the rise.

Current research tells us this is so, which may not be too much of a shocker. In fact, by some estimates depression is 10 times more common than it was 60 years ago.

And before you think this is because 60 years ago most people didn’t have the term “Major Depressive Disorder” in their personal dictionary so couldn’t actually identify it as such, much of this research is based on tens of thousands of door to door surveys asking people about histories of crying for days on end, making attempts to kill oneself, and other questions of this nature without ever mentioning the actual word “depression” (Seligman, 2012).

This means depression has been significantly on the rise and many believe it will continue to climb.

What’s this all about? There has been no time in history where in many parts of the world, including North America, people have had bigger houses, more disposable income, more vacation time, more opportunities for world travel, have advanced quicker and further in their careers, have had easier access to communication with a wider range of individuals, and have many more products and procedures to help make them look more attractive and appealing

60 years ago the average onset for depression was about age 30, now the average onset is around 15 years old.

What the heck is going on? This doesn’t make any sense – especially because most of us believe happiness comes from a prosperous environment – which, by all accounts, the vast majority of us have.

If you think about it, pretty much everything is “better” in every wealthy nation than it was 60 years ago.

The average house square footage has doubled in size, we have 3 times more disposable income, we have more cars than there are drivers, and in 1950 one out of five youth went on to further education after high school: now 1 in 2 do.

Clothing, makeup and cosmetic surgery are able to make people more attractive, we have more access to the arts, to music, to books, and information, there are more women’s rights, and less racism. We have more opportunities for entertainment, and almost endless access to items and experiences promising to facilitate pleasure and enjoyment.

If people were told 60 years ago how much things will have changed within the next half century, most would have responded by saying “Wow! That sounds amazing! There will be no more pain, no more struggle, and no more problems. Only freedom and fun!”

In reality, however, there is much more depression and emotional pain and suffering, and it’s affecting people who are much younger. You’d think happiness in most countries would have improved and progressed at least to the same degree as the material world has. But, in fact, it has not.

Research shows that the average North American today does not report being any more satisfied with life than were found in reports 60 years ago.

What gives? What is this all about?

I share this information to encourage. To encourage us all to take a critical look at the things we invest our valuable and limited time, energy, and effort in toward our pursuit of genuine happiness and satisfaction with ourselves and our lives.

I share this in order to challenge the mistaken and misguided belief that things like earning a higher income, having a bigger house, being better looking, owning a faster car, having more opportunities to travel, owning more pairs of shoes, getting the latest smart phone, or a fancier set of sunglasses will allow us to experience more joy and fulfillment in life.

Even having more choices doesn’t make us happier (I actually believe it makes us unhappier, but that’s a topic for another day).

So my question to you is, and I’m really curious to know: What do you find gives you genuine feelings of happiness, well-being, and contentment in your life?

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