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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One of the Most Important Skills You to Have.

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Recently I came across some psychology literature that caught my attention. The author, well-known psychiatrist Scott M. Peck, points out that one of the most important skills we can teach our children, and also practice more of ourselves, is delaying gratification. When we wait a few minutes/hours/days before indulging in a decadent dessert/buying a new pair of shoes/or becoming the first time owner of a new sports car we appreciate and enjoy the object of our desire much more, or, the other thing that happens is we lose interest in said item and decide not to splurge, which then tells us that it wasn’t actually all that important in the first place.

Research also shows that instilling this skill into our children as early as possible is imperative. In fact, it’s one of the most important skills we can teach them. Long term research has been done on children who were able to delay gratification from a young age and how that corresponds positively with their level of achievement and success as adults. Studies have shown that children, teenagers AND adults who are better at delaying gratification are not only more self-disciplined, they are also less impulsive and are more likely to be successful and satisfied with school, work and their relationships (Peck 1978).

In the Marshmallow Study (a hilarious little video to watch) we can see how even children who are quite young have learned (or not learned) how to delay gratification and practice self-discipline and self-control… sometimes by using whatever means necessary.

What are some of the Marshmallow’s in your life? What are some areas that you need exercise some self control and tell yourself “I can indulge now and enjoy for the moment, or if I wait a little while and slow things down a little bit, greater or longer lasting benefits or rewards are to come.”

So the moral of the story? You can have your cake, but just wait a few before you eat it too.

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