about me

Hi, my name is

Martina Nova

Senior Associate Counsellor, Registered Clinical Counsellor, Owner & Clinical Director

Hi there! Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and read my bio. My name is Martina (she/her) and I have my Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Adler University, and am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counselors (R.C.C). I moved to Canada with my family from Slovakia when I was young and am a first generation Canadian. I have always been passionate about helping others and supporting them along their healing journey.

  • EMDR Therapist
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Psychoanalysis
  • LENS Neurofeedback Technician
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
On maternity leave starting Jan 2024, return date Spring 2024

My mission is to be a supportive presence to those in need of guidance. I utilize a deep connection with human emotion to facilitate the healing process and empower others by bringing out their strengths and helping them love and accept themselves.

In my counselling practice, I strive to be empathetic, open-minded, observant, kind, curious, and non-judgmental.  My strength lies in understanding that not one person, diagnosis, treatment, or treatment plan is the same. The theoretical and practical therapies I utilize include Mindfulness Based Techniques, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Adlerian Therapy, and Expressive Therapy.  I have experience working with trauma, sexuality/intimacy concerns, relational issues, anxiety, and depression. I also work as a leadership coach and have supported patients and doctors in Vancouver through my role at the Vancouver Division of Family Practice for over 5 years.

My Professional Training Includes

  • Advanced Adlerian Therapy
  • EMDR Basic Training
  • EMDR Advanced training in working with Voices and Hostile parts
  • Complex Trauma Training Working With Adults & Children
  • Gottman Method Couples Training
  • LENS Neurofeedback Training

I also am a certified LENS Neurofeedback technician and incorporate Neurofeedback as a strategic therapeutic intervention as a stand-alone or complementary addition to therapy.

As someone who has experienced mental health challenges and reached out for counseling myself, I know how important it is to have someone who understands, cares, and supports you through the toughest challenges in life. It takes courage to reach out, and the fact that you’re here shows that you are a resilient person with the capacity for change.

I work from a wellness-based perspective and believe that creating a sense of empowerment is one of the ultimate goals for therapy. I believe that we can all benefit from learning how to hold space, forgive, and love ourselves. My goal with each session is to help my clients get a little closer to that empowered state. When discussing mental health-related struggles, I look at how your environment has influenced your symptomology and overall functioning – this includes early childhood experiences, family dynamics, culture, religion, spirituality, and social environment. I help you uncover the roadmap to life you may have created at a younger age and continue to follow today that may not be serving you anymore.

I believe that everyone is capable of making a change in their life, on their own time, and at their own pace.  Having a safe place to explore this is key in learning to effectively cope, adapt, and change. If you think we may be a good fit, it would be my honor to support your healing journey. Let’s get through this together.