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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Is It Better to Work Hard or Take A Step Back

chinese bikerWhen in your golden years and reflecting back on that which has been your life thus far, what would you like to say to yourself? “Gosh, I wish I would have just chilled out more and taken time to rest, relax, and spend time with the people I love.” Or “Oh man, I sure wish I would have just gotten over my fears, hesitations, excuses, and lack of belief in myself and just gone for the goals and dreams I really wanted to work toward and accomplish.” This is a tough one because neither is wrong, but it is pretty important to think about it now and decide which is, and likely will be, more important to you in the long run.

You might say each statement seems to contradict the other. One says I should relax more the other says I should work harder. Which one is it??? And the truth is, it depends (oh the famous words of the ever objective therapist). But it does! It depends on where things are at for you right now. If you find yourself shying away from going after the things in your life that you really want because you’re scared of hard work or not being good enough, or failing, or whatever it may be, then it seems like now might be the time to work through that emotional or psychological block that is that is holding you back. If this is your case then now’s probably the time to get going on working toward what’s actually important to you (while, of course, also considering any financial or familial responsibilities you have).

If, however, you notice that you are running around like a chicken with your head cut off and feel continuously stressed, anxious, worn out, short fused, and too busy for anyone or anything, including yourself, then it sounds like it’s definitely time to slow down, take a breath and re-prioritize. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good to have goals and ambitions – in fact it’s great to have meaningful goals and ambitions: those who do often report feeling happier and more satisfied with life. That said, however, it’s not about pushing hard and stressing out to no end and for no good reason (AND working hard to get rich and buy lots of stuff is NOT a good reason. Trust me on this one).

We’ve heard it before, but I’ll say it again: it’s about balance. And to find your answer to our big question-of-the-day, it might be useful to seriously look at your life and decide what’s important now and think about having that be consistent with what you can honestly say will likely still be important to you in 10, 20, 30 or 40 years.  The point is, don’t let fear stop you from working to pursue your goals, but also don’t let fear cause you to work so hard that you neglect the other really significant and meaningful things in life. It’s important to be responsible, thoughtful, and intentional with that which you chose to invest your life in because, as captain obvious would say: We only get to do this human thing once.

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