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angela leong (BA, MA)

CEO, Clinical Director, RCC
(#16727)

pronouns

she/her

approach to healing

Healing Individually:

“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of life, but by making the darkness conscious”
-Carl Jung.

In addition to learning about yourself, I am a firm believer that healing emerges when emotions are processed rather than just coped with. To facilitate processing, I use a neuroscience-informed, mindfulness-based, and somatic methodological approach called Accelerated-Experiential Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP). The idea behind AEDP is that when we ride our emotions out to completion, an insight into our lives emerges and access to your most open-hearted state arises.

I operate under the belief that traumas, subtle and gargantuan, intersect and cause many of our mental health presentations, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, relationship issues, addiction and physical health problems. However, each person that arrives into my office has the right to heard and understood as a human being rather than a diagnosis. I work from a client-centred perspective, which means I consider the client to be in a collaborative working relationship with me and I am an advocate of flattening hierarchy and being authentic with my clients.

Since the beginning of time, human beings have evolved alongside plants. My counselling work creates space for individuals to share their experiences with plant medicines and the ways in which it has intersected with their philosophies and ways of living.

Healing Relationally:

“The quality of your life ultimately depends on the quality of your relationships.”
-Esther Perel

Relationships is what brings meaning and aliveness to life. We literally cannot adequately carve a sense of self without them. As Dan Siegel has so aptly articulated in his book on Interpersonal Neurobiology: how I make sense of myself is how the other reacts and responds to me.

But things get dark and confusing when the mirror doesn’t reflect love, connection and authentic sexual expression. In times like this, it is imperative that couples obtain objective outside support: someone to temporarily disrupt the dyad, triad or polyad to facilitate avoided conversations, unexpressed emotions and communication repairs.

My relationship counselling work is queer (LGBTQIA2S+) inclusive, sex-positive, and aimed at creating authentic emotional connection to mediate painful mis-attunements, communication errors, to discern elephantine misalignments to manage relational and sexual conflict.

My clients identify as relational anarchists, creative spirits that endorse designer relationships and are seekers of speaking their truths for their most authentic expressions of the relational arrangements.

Using my combined trainings in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Gottman, and Sex Therapy, I tailor make a program for each couples/throuple/etc for their unique relational, sexual and personal expressions as they enter my office.

professional education background

I have a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia (UBC), the only Canadian university accredited by the American Psychological Association.

I am licensed as a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) by the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors.

My master’s thesis was a qualitative analysis on the experiences that individuals with traumatic brain injury have in counselling. It was regarded by an international expert in the field, Dr. Ron Ruff to be an important piece of literature to consider when providing effective treatment for individuals with traumatic brain injury.

I also have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UBC. My bachelor’s research investigated gene and neuronal expressions which mediate learning behaviour and pain in animal model C. elegans.

CURRENT AND PAST WORKSHOPS/CLINICAL POSITIONS

• Werklab: In Good Company, group therapy offering [Current]

• Ann Davis Society Building Healthy Relationships, workshop facilitator (2018)

• BC Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse, group and individual therapist (2016-2017)

professional clinical trainings

• Emotionally Focused Therapy Externship with Dr. Sue Johnson (2020)

• AEDP Immersion with Dr. Diana Fosha – London, UK (2020)

• Intensive Sex Therapy Training Program with Dr. Markie Twist (2019 - University of Guelph)

• Psychedelics for Clinicians 101/102 by Dr. Ingmar Gorman and Dr. Elizabeth Neilson (2019 - McGill University)

• Spirituality in Counselling by Teresa McLellan, MA, RCC at the BCACC Skills for Mindful Living Series

• Hello Again: A Fresh Start for Parents and Their Adult-Children by Dr. Gabor Mate and Daniel Mate (2018)

• Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1 (2018)

• The Masculinity Paradox (Sessions Live 2018) by Esther Perel

• Therapeutic Enactment Group Intervention Level 1 training for Professionals (2018)

• ADHD: The 7 Clinical Types by Daniel Amen, MD (2017 Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference, Anaheim, CA)

• Multicultural Counselling/Therapy: Challenges to Western European Notions of Healing by Derald Wing Sue PhD (2017 Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference, Anaheim, CA)

• In An Unspoken Voice: A Clinical Example by Peter Levine PhD (2017 Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference, Anaheim, CA)

• Illuminating the Nature of Consciousness and Time with the Wheel of Awareness Practice by Daniel Siegel, MD (2017 Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference, Anaheim, CA)

• My Journey from Creating Evil to Inspiring Heroism by Philip Zimbardo (2017 Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference, Anaheim, CA)

• Trauma and Memory: Brain and Body in Search for the Living Past by Peter Levin PhD and Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD (2017 Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference, Anaheim, CA)

• Using Stories to Create Change in Psychotherapy by Bill O’Hanlon, MS (2017 Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference, Anaheim, CA)

• Evolution of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Where Have We Been, Where Are We Now, And What Is In The Future? by Donald Meichenbaum, PhD (2017 Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference, Anaheim, CA)

• Homework Assignments by Judith Beck, Harville Hendrix, Helen Lakelly Hunt, & Bill O’Hanlon (2017 Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference, Anaheim, CA)

• The Transition of Addiction in the 21st Century by Dr. Ross Laird, PhD (2017 Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference, Anaheim, CA)

• Adapting Psychotherapy for the Brain-Injured Patients with Dr. Ron Ruff (6 CE Credits) (2015 ABPP Annual Conference San Diego)

niche areas

• Mother wound

• Childhood/developmental trauma

• Adolescence

• Racial trauma

• Psychedelic integration

• Sex, intimacy and relationship

• Couples/partners dynamic

• Non-monogamy

• Sexual trauma

• Concussion/Brain injury

• Motor vehicle accident/ICBC

• Immigration/migration/refugee

the person behind the therapist

I was the first born child to a set of very hard-working immigrant parents from GuangDong, China. As a struggled to straddle the intersections of being born Canadian in a Chinese household, I often felt unbearably lonely as a child. I chose therapy as early as the days of Advanced Placement Psychology as a way of understanding myself and the personalities around me.

In the process of moving from academic to clinical practice, I have quickly learned that healing others individually, relationally and sexually is my calling. It brings me immense reward to help others feel seen and heard and connected to their most authentic version of themselves. I feel honoured to have witnessed some of the most amazing stories of human resilience, humility, bravery, and kindness.

When I’m not seeing clients, I love spending time in the ocean, expanding my knowledge through books and travel, and hosting friends. In addition to counselling therapy, I have dedicated a generous amount of time into exploring alternative methods of healing, such as meditation, reiki, breathwork, neurofeedback therapy, and shamanic healing.

I also dedicate my care for others outside of the therapy room into the wider community via my activism work in unraveling Asian racism in Canada while upholding the voices of other oppressed minorities.

I identify as queer, cis, female and person of colour and I navigate the intersections of my gender, sexual and racial identity and all the joys and traumas it entails.

I feel honour and immense gratitude to be able to live and work on the unceded, ancestral, and traditional lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Watuth), Stó:lō, Shíshálh (Sechelt) and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nations of the Coast Salish people

rate + office hours

$160 - 50-min — Individual Counselling

$240 - 80-min — Extended Processing Session (Individual Trauma)

$225 - 80-min – Couples Initial Intake Session

$225 - 80-min – Couples Counselling

$175 - 50-min – Short Couples Follow-up Session

Prices do not include 5% GST.

Angela works Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 9AM to 3PM on Wednesdays.

Angela is unable to accept sliding scale clients at this time.

Sharleen Uy (BSN, MA)

REGISTERED CLINICAL COUNSELLOR (#16841)

pronouns

She/Her

approach to healing

"Your vision will become clear when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens"
-Carl Jung.

Counselling can support your journey towards becoming a heart-empowered individual by expressing your unexpressed feelings shedding the layers covering the truth of who you are. Learning to listen to the wisdom of the heart and interpret our bodies signals as it speaks to us is vital to bringing balance in our lives. The pathway to wholeness involves slowing down and listening to your body. When we align to our heart’s intuitive guidance, we lighten our being and manifest a bridge to infinite possibilities.

My therapeutic style is heart-centered, growth-focused, and solution-oriented. The healing lens is a holistic integration of psychodynamic, mindfulness self-compassion, positive psychology & body-centered psychotherapy.

For individual therapy, I am especially drawn to work with topics such as: anxiety, ADHD, dyslexia, asynchronous development, childhood and intergenerational trauma, chronic pain, stress management, sexuality, crisis intervention, balancing masculine and feminine self, relational/self-care strategies, self-esteem, life transitions, personal growth, spirituality, and personal awakening.

When working with couples therapy, I am a diplomatic mediator focusing on building heart-centered connection and harmony between partners. I can work with topics such as: deeper connection, parenting, sexual intimacy, polarized relational issues, motherhood/fatherhood, communication, and conflict resolution.

Are you curious about psychedelics and wondering if it is right for you? I believe there is no such thing as a bad trip - when we respect the medicine with adequate care and preparation, the divine plant medicine will respect you too. Come in for a pre-psychedelic session and we can help you explore options!

Professional Education and Background

I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor license #16841 with the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellor. Successfully earning a Master’s of Arts in Counselling from the University of Seattle. I wrote a thesis on anxiety & psychotherapy, and bravely explored psychedelic therapy.

With 7+ years of professional nursing experience, I have witnessed many forms of physical, mental, emotional, psychological, and psycho-spiritual suffering in areas of acute medicine, mental health and addictions, crisis stabilization & adult rehabilitation. The diverse professional background provided me with the opportunity to understand people of all walks of life and as a result, can genuinely support therapeutic healing on all levels.

professional clinical trainings

• High Dreams Practice and Process in Relational Field, 2019

• Presence and Relationship Workshop, 2018

• Seeding Cultivating & Nurturing Embodied Presence for Therapist, 2017

• Recollective Awareness Meditation Workshop, 2017

• Enlightenment as 21st Century Psychotherapy, 2016

• Indigenous Cultural Competency Course, 2015

• Canadian Psychological Association’s 75th Annual Convention, 2014

• 3rd Annual Healing & Treating Trauma, Addictions & Related Disorders Conference, 2013

niche areas

• Neurodiversity

• Pre-psychedelic Session

• Psychedelic Integration

• Mind-Body Connection

• Anxiety

• Trauma

• Couples & Intimacy

• Spiritual Awakening

• Personal Growth

the person behind the therapist

"The meaning of life is to find your gift, the purpose of life is to share it"
-Pablo Picasso

My heritage is Chinese, I was born in the Philippines. Living with a traumatic family upbringing perpetuated feelings of misunderstanding, anxiety and sadness deeper than the ocean. These overwhelming feelings led me to search for answers. Many years of self-discovery through therapy + connection empowered me with the courage to accept my true self. Sharing my sensitivity gift with others through counselling lights up my heart and I hope to help others in empowering their hearts and discovering their gifts as well.

I acknowledge in life that blessings and challenges go hand in hand. In other words, there’s no light without the darkness, no gifts without trauma, no happiness without grief, no right without wrong, no improvement without error, and no true love without heartache. This realization facilitates acceptance of life as a whole and therefore embraces the past, present and future.

I am a mystic, minimalist, and vegan. I enjoy forest bathing, cycling, dancing, travelling, hiking and classical music. Every day I love walking outdoor meditating, praying and singing while manifesting serenity and connecting to the soft symphony of the mother earth.

rate + office hours

Phone Consult: Free 15min

$140- Individual Session (50 min)

$210 - Extended Individual Session (80 mins)

$215 - Couples Intake (80 mins)

$210 - Couples Session (80 mins)

$165 - Couples Session - Short (50 mins)

Wednesday 3pm-7pm (in person or online)

Friday 9am-7pm (online only)

Saturday 9am-7pm (in person or online)

Sunday 9am-7pm (online only)

NO Mon, Tues, Thurs