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Connection is one of the most basic of human needs. However, in the vulnerability of being human it can also be a difficult things to attain. And yet, it is in an environment of genuine connection that we can most actively and securely explore the stories of our lives, allowing growth and healing to flourish.

Retrospect is the act of exploring and gaining insight into the ways certain events in our lives have shaped who we become. In retrospect we can see how the intricately woven patterns of our lives journey have shaped the bigger picture and can then provide us with foresight as we move into the future.

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The manifestation of genuine care, healing and guidance that becomes known through this retrospective process is the nature of providence. My hope for you is that by exploring your story in an environment of therapeutic connection that you may come to recognize patterns of thought, response, and emotion, find effective tools to manage your symptoms, and make meaning of your circumstances as you more forward in healing.

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Meet Christen

Hi I’m Christen, a Registered Clinical Counselor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counselors (R.C.C.). I hold my Graduate Degree in Counselling Psychology from Adler University in Vancouver BC where I focused on trauma recovery. I also hold my Masters Degree in Community Leadership from Trinity Western where I focused on organizational and non-profit development.

I am passionate about creating a space where clients can feel secure as they explore their story in an environment of therapeutic connection. Whether you are navigating through a life transition or having problems in your relationships, having difficulties facing the world following a traumatic event or are experiencing low mood, anxiety, or struggling with your performance, my hope is that through our work you may come to find effective tools to manage your symptoms, overcome challenges, and make meaning of your circumstances as you move forward in healing.

In my work, I draw from a diverse education and an assorted range of therapeutic theory and techniques. My hope is that as we work together we can tailor a therapeutic approach to meet your individual needs.

As a clinician, I maintain a holistic, mind-body oriented approach to therapy grounded in neuroscience, with an emphasis on attachment and relational healing. I maintain a trauma focused integrative approach to treatment and am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional with the International Association of Trauma Professionals. In addition, I have trained in a variety of research-informed therapeutic modalities such as Client Centered Therapy, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Imaginal Nurturing, Somatic Therapy, Ego State Therapy, Performance Enhancement, and Observed and Experiential Integration Therapy. I am a member of EMDRIA and EMDR Canada and hold advanced level training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), which has become a specialty in my practice. I also integrate components of cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems, body relaxation, narrative approaches and the therapeutic use of music with clients.

Though my training welcomes clients with varying concerns and goals, I have specific experience working with survivors of gendered violence, sexual abuse, human trafficking and work from an anti-oppression lens.

On a personal level I absolutely love to learn, explore the world, and play music any chance I can. I maintain an active lifestyle consisting of a range of mixed martial arts and group fitness activities and am an advocate for balanced healthy living. I am also a professional dog lover and hope to integrate animal therapy into practice in the future.

I understand that we can face may challenges when taking the first step to healing. My hope is that as we work together we can find a therapeutic approach to meet your individual needs so you can grow, heal and thrive. I look forwards to starting that process of healing with you.

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Counselling Therapy

Counselling Therapy offers a space for you to be heard and your story to be acknowledged in the tender presence of a counselor.


A Counselor is a trained and highly skilled professional who offers expertise & perspective in a collaborative process. They also holds space for your story, suggest strategies for resolving symptoms and provide guidance as you move towards personal growth & healing. 

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EMDR Therapy

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an extensively researched integrative psychotherapy approach proven effective for the treatment of trauma and many other mental health problems.

This treatment approach results in the alleviation of presenting symptoms, a decrease or elimination of distress, improved view of the self, relief from bodily disturbance, and resolution of present and future anticipated triggers.

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Performance Enhancement

Do you find yourself easily distracted or have struggles staying focused? Do you struggle with a fear of failure, of success, or have anxiety before an event? Has something happened that is now blocking your success?

Whether you are an elite athlete, performing artist, a student, or business professional, performance enhancement counselling could help you maximize your potential.

Online Counselling

Tele-therapy is the delivery of counselling services using interactive audio and visual electronic systems, when you and Christen are not in the same physical location.

Teletherapy is a great option that can enable you to be seen by Christen when you are not able to leave your home due to medical illness, mobility issues, or other unavoidable circumstance.