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Work with Julia

Enough is enough. Life is too short to be struggling and battling with our inner selves day in and day out. Sometimes it might feel like there is no way out and this is just the way life is, but I’m here to tell you, it’s not.

Yes, life is hard sometimes. Yes things don’t always go our way or according to our plan, but no, stuff like that does not have to have the final word about how we feel about ourselves and our place in this big world.

You can feel good. You can enjoy life. You can have close, mutually rewarding and fulfilling relationships.

We all have an inner critic who often likes to set up camp in our thoughts and tell us all kinds of no good to make us feel down, discouraged, anxious, insecure, uncertain, weak, small, unimportant, insignificant and sometimes even worthless.

But enough is enough. It is time to give that critic a run for its money and show it who we REALLY are underneath all of the lies it’s had us believing for way too long.

Together we are going to work to have you feeling the way you’ve been wanting to – We’re going to make darn sure you learn how to make those positive changes last.

Sometimes people feel like they want to talk to a therapist but 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 know they just 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 in. Coming to figure out what’s off and to want to work to get things back on is reason enough.

Because We All Go Through Times When Life Feels Overwhelming and Unmanageable.


1:1 Counselling sessions give you the time and space to go deep and figure out what’s off, what’s not working, what’s getting in your way and what’s preventing you from feeling how you know you want to be feeling within yourself and within your relationships.

From there we will work to get you the skills, abilities, tools, strategies and resources so you can start enjoying your life the way you were meant to, or have always wanted to.

I offer both in-person and telephone or web counselling.

Whether virtual or in person, the format is basically the same. The main difference is you will have to sit on your comfy couch instead of mine.

You can contact me to talk about and set up your first session by

Phone: 604-771-3420

Email: julia@juliakristina.com


Coaching is a great option for people who a feeling like they may not be in enough distress to need therapy, but still feel like they need some extra help, guidance or a push in one or more areas of their lives.

The focus of coaching is to work together to find effective strategies to help you work toward and reach any personal, career or relationship goals you may have. In our coaching relationship we can set goals in the areas of personal projects, finding life life balance, job performance and satisfaction, or other general issues in your life, business, or profession.

Coaching uses personal strategic planning, values clarification, brainstorming, motivational counselling, and other counselling techniques, and although the work we do may feel therapeutic, this is not the main focus.

As your coach, you can count on me to be honest and straightforward, asking powerful questions and using challenging techniques to move you forward. You are expected to evaluate progress and when coaching is not working as you wish, you should immediately inform me so we can both take steps to correct the problem.

As with counselling, coaching can be short term and focus on 1 specific issue, or it can be longer term to really help you reach your bigger life goals.

I offer both in-person and telephone or web coaching.

Whether virtual or in person, the format is basically the same. The main difference is you will have to sit on your comfy couch instead of mine.

You can contact me to talk about and set up your first session by

Phone: 604-771-3420

Email: julia@juliakristina.com

Work with Alexa

50 minute session: $130

Has your life become disorganized and unmanageable? Do you feel out of control and at a loss for how to move forward?

If you are struggling with any of these, I can help

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Low self-esteem
  • Unhealthy patterns
  • Communication
  • Boundary setting
  • Life transitions
  • Relationships
  • Trauma

With my support and encouragement you can feel

  • Confident in your ability to manage stress
  • True joy and meaning
  • Relief from pain
  • Worthy and deserving of love
  • Accomplished and proud of your achievements
  • Capable of having more positive interactions
  • Heard and respected
  • Ready to take on new challenges
  • Happy with your relationships
  • Empowered and at peace
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My Passion for this Work

My journey into counselling grew from a desire to improve myself and to better my relationships.

There have been periods in my life, when I have felt overwhelmed, discouraged, and insecure. At times, these feelings got so big that I felt helpless and depressed.

The prospect of change seemed distant and out of reach. Through counselling I discovered that encouragement can go a long way.

Counselling gave me the support I needed to face my fears. It gave me the courage to challenge old habits and start anew.

In doing so, I not only learnt more about who I am when I’m not lead by anxiety, but perhaps more importantly, about others facing similar struggles.

Today, I can appreciate how my past wounds have contributed to my lifework, in that I am now able to help others in ways that I was able to help myself.

My Approach

My practice is centered on the belief that individuals are the experts of their own lives.

I truly believe that all individuals have an innate desire and ability to evolve and grow.

Through gentle support and encouragement, individuals have the power to access their strengths and resources to live more meaningfully and authentically.

My goal as a counsellor is to empower individuals to transform their lives.

I am passionate about helping individuals better cope with life’s challenges, have better relationships, and lead a more balanced and fulfilling lives.

Our work together can focus on a particular issue, or look at several areas of change or growth. Our time together will help you to discover and work through any roadblocks that may be getting in the way of the life you want.

Through skill-building, new tools, and gentle encouragement we will challenge existing negative beliefs and/or feelings, and replace these with healthier ones.

Like Julia, I work from a person-centered, strength-based, solution focused, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioural (CBT) approach. Additionally, my approach to counselling is informed by emotion-focused and trauma-informed perspectives.

Emotion-focused: This involves getting tune with your feelings in order to understand and better manage emotional responses.

Trauma-informed: This means that when working with trauma, our work will be collaborative and strength-based. By establishing a safe and trusting relationship together, we will build on the strengths you already have to heal past wounds.

My Background

I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor who focuses on treating stress & anxiety, depression, and self-esteem.

I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of British Columbia, and my Master’s of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Adler University.

Before transitioning to private practice, I worked for a non-profit organization providing individual and couples counselling to diverse adults. Additionally, I facilitated groups for women, couples, and parents in Greater Vancouver.

Today, I work primarily with clients dealing with stress and anxiety, depression, grief and loss, low self-esteem, as well as communication and boundary issues.

I also provide relationship, couples and trauma counselling. I have extensive training and experience providing immediate support to female victims of intimate partner abuse and violence from my time at Battered Women’s Support Services.

As well, my graduate research focused on the experience and benefits of attending couples counselling prior to marriage.

Work with Scott

Have you been feeling unhappy or disconnected from yourself, and are struggling to manage your thoughts, feelings, or reactions to things that have been coming up in your life?

Are you ready to feel more calm, confident and at peace with your thoughts and emotions?

If so, let’s meet so we can start helping you feel good again.

I specialize in helping children, youth, and adults who are struggling with:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Substance use
  • Trauma
  • Anger
  • Grief
  • Feeling isolated or disconnected

My Passion for this Work

Throughout my life, I have always looked for connectedness in my personal life. At times, finding similar thoughts and opinions has helped me feel human. Other times, seeking different ideas and people has helped open my mind to new possibilities and opportunities. Either way, it is connection that made everything possible for me.

I am very fortunate to have worked with thousands of individuals seeking a similar connectedness with their struggles. I have witnessed the courage, vulnerability, and strength of each person making difficult life changes, and hoping to find a more positive way of living their best life.

It has been through these experiences that my passion for therapy has grown. It continues with each new individual, each new question and struggle, each journey that begins with a single step.

My Approach

Person-centred and collaborative: You know your experience — your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours — better than anyone else. We work from your experience, we work on what you’d like to work on. We work together to explore goals and ideas that you feel will bring you closer to your ideal situation. I am happy to provide you with all the experience and resources at my disposal to help you get there.

Mindfulness: This can be as simple as a single breath, or a single step. I find it so easy sometimes to mindlessly go through my day, only to realize later that I have no memory of my actions, my speech, or other people around me.

It takes practice to be able to tune in to what you are doing, thinking, and feeling. With practice, obstacles become smaller while confidence grows.

Because I want to tailor therapy to your requirements, I am able to provide ideas from numerous other approaches I have studied and practiced, including: cognitive behaviour therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, secular Buddhism (similar to mindfulness), narrative, Imago (for effective couples’ communication) and emotion-focused therapy.

My Background

I have spent the past 15 years in Vancouver as a therapist working with children, youth, families and adults struggling with mental health issues, substance use, trauma, anger, grief, as well as isolation and disconnection.

I have volunteered my time working with young offenders in the prison system, and with suicidal individuals through the services of the Vancouver Crisis Centre.

For the past several years, I have also been very fortunate to provide mentorship and supervision to new therapists through a Vancouver Community Health Centre.

I have a graduate degree in counselling from SFU, and undergraduate and teaching degrees from UBC. I am a certified member in good standing with both the BCACC (4975) and the CCPA (7103).

I look forward to meeting you and exploring where you are, and where you’d like to be.