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angela leong

registered clinical counsellor (#16727)

pronouns

she/her

approach to healing

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

From my experience, I believe that psychological counselling is one of the safest ways to traverse into the darkest depths of your soul.

I believe that true healing comes when emotions are processed rather than just coped with. I believe that each person that walks in my office needs to heard and understood as a human being rather than a diagnosis. I believe that when there is a safe, non-judgmental space to explore our thoughts, new perspectives and understandings of the self can be shaped.

To facilitate processing, I use neuroscience-informed, mindfulness-based, and somatic methodology called Accelerated-Experiential Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP). It works wonderfully well in supporting individuals in gaining the body-awareness and insights they need to navigate the difficulties and uncertainties in the world.

I operate under the belief that traumas, big and small, is often tied to many of our mental health presentations, including addiction, relationship issues, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and physical health problems.

I work from a client-centred perspective, which means I consider the client to be in a collaborative working relationship with me. I’m an advocate of flattening hierarchy and being authentic with my clients. This is a space for us to co-create.

professional education background

I have a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and am licensed as a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) by the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (license #16727). I also have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UBC.

My master’s thesis was a qualitative analysis on the experiences that individuals with moderate to severe 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.

My clinical training was facilitated by Dr. Richard Harrison, a registered psychologist and certified AEDP and EFT therapist and supervisor.

post-grad clinical trainings

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

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

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

• Spirituality in Counselling by Teresa McLellan, MA, RCC at the BCACC Skills for Mindful Living Series (April 2019)

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

• Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1 (October 2018)

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

• Various trainings at the 2017 Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference in Anaheim, California

• Stress and Health: Lessons from a Wild Primate by Robert Sapolsky PhD

• How Psychotherapy Lost It’s Magic (And What It Can Do To Get It Back) by Scott Miller PhD

• ADHD: The 7 Clinical Types by Daniel Amen, MD

• Using Stories to Create Change in Psychotherapy by Bill O’Hanlon, MS

• Evidence Based Practice: Specific Methods and/or Therapeutic Relationship? by Scott Miller PhD & William Miller, PhD

• Multicultural Counselling/Therapy: Challenges to Western European Notions of Healing by Derald Wing Sue PhD

• Evolution of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Where Have We Been, Where Are We Now, And What Is In The Future? by Donald Meichenbaum, PhD

• In Depth Thinking on The Role of Psychotherapy Today by Esther Perel, MA, LMFT

• Homework Assignments by Judith Beck, Harville Hendrix, Helen Lakelly Hunt, & Bill O’Hanlon

• In An Unspoken Voice: A Clinical Example by Peter Levine PhD

• Illuminating the Nature of Consciousness and Time with the Wheel of Awareness Practice by Daniel Siegel, MD

• My Journey from Creating Evil to Inspiring Heroism by Philip Zimbardo

• Trauma and Memory: Brain and Body in Search for the Living Past by Peter Levin PhD and Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD

• Was That Life? Well, Then, Once Again! by Irvin Yalom, MD

• The Transition of Addiction in the 21st Century by Dr. Ross Laird, PhD (November 2016) (BCACC Educational Workshop)

• Building Healthy Relationships Group Facilitator (September 2016)

• Gestalt Two-Chair with Dr. Bea MacKay

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

niche areas

• Mother wound issues

• Psychedelic Integration

• Concussion / Brain injury

• Cross-cultural issues

• Sex Therapy

• Non-monogamy

• Couples issues

• Male survivors of sexual abuse

• Domestic abuse

the person behind the therapist

Born Canadian to a set of very hard-working parents who immigrated from Guang Dong, China, I often felt lonely as a child and teen. I chose counselling and psychology as early as the 12th grade in high school as a desperate attempt in trying to understand myself and the personalities around me. You can say psychology helped me survive.

Since then, I have truly felt that therapy has been my calling. I feel destined to use my natural sensitivity to help others feel seen and hear. 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 paddleboarding in the ocean, kickboxing and nutrition. I have dedicated a lot of time into exploring alternative methods of healing, such as reiki, breathwork, neurofeedback therapy, and shamanic healing. Spirituality is an important part of my self-care practice, although I am not religious in any traditional sense of the word.

rate

$150/ 50-min – Individual Counselling

$175/50-min – Couples Counselling

$225/80-min – Couples Intake

$225/80-min – Extended Individual or Couples Counselling

Please note that Angela is not taking new clients for the time being to focus on her existing clients; if you are out of province and are in need of mental health services, please select “Mental Health Coaching”

taylor olson

RCC (REGISTERED CLINICAL COUNSELLOR)

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he/him

approach to healing

How do we overcome difficult obstacles and create a life overflowing with purpose? Is there a way to persist in the face of adversity, and become active shapers of our environment? I view psychotherapy as a method of healing that is dedicated to addressing these sorts of questions and a process that catalyzes an individual’s ability to creatively shape their life.

Every person has a unique philosophy, lived experience, and relationship to the world, and therefore will align differently to various modes of therapy. Because human beings are diverse and unique, I am a strategically focused psychotherapist; dedicated to uncovering the most effective methods for working with each person and their challenges. Furthermore, I am existentially focused, dedicated to bring each person in alignment with the common aspects of the human experience.

I view trauma as a powerful and often salient obstacle that prevents individuals from achieving their goals, and maintain up to date knowledge on the science and practice of trauma informed therapy. I also maintain a heightened awareness of how cultural differences can influence therapy.

professional education background

I obtained my Masters Degree In Counselling Psychology from Adler University and am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (license # 17593). I also hold an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Western Washington University.

I completed my internship as an addictions counsellor at Pacifica Treatment Centre where I had the opportunity to work with individuals and groups impacted by addiction, violence, chronic stress, relationship problems, identity challenges, challenges related to sexual orientation, and complex trauma.

post-grad clinical trainings

• Gottman Method Couples Counselling, Level 1 Clinical Training (The Gottman Institute)

niche areas

• LGBTQ Relationships

• Identity issues

• Challenges related to sexual orientation

• Trauma and Addiction

• Anxiety and Depression

• Psychedelic Integration

the person behind the therapist

I chose to pursue a career in psychotherapy after experiencing the extraordinary effects that it had on my own life. For a long period of my life I lived within a cloud of confusion and fear, having no hope for the future; desperate for relief from anxiety. Through the process of therapy, I discovered how to confront my challenges, face difficult decisions with confidence, and adopt an authentic mode of living. Through my own suffering, I have developed a passion for helping others, and remain ever increasingly inspired by the success of many individuals.

Outside of my practice, I spend my time playing jazz music, playing soccer, and hiking with my German Shepherd, Bongo. I also have an interest in philosophy and enjoy reading and writing.

rate

Free Initial Consultation (individuals/couples) – 25 mins

$130 - 50 minute Individual Session

$165 - 50 minute Couples Session

$215 - 80 minute Couples Intake

$200 - 80 minute extended individual or couples counseling

quale le

REGISTERED CLINICAL COUNSELLOR (#16980)

pronouns

she/her

approach to healing

When we face challenging times, difficult emotions can leave us feeling alone and overwhelmed. Ideally, such times are opportunities to deepen our understanding of ourselves and of the lessons that have been presented to us. This path is a process of expressing our feelings, exploring our inner lives, and discovering our true and authentic natures. I believe that our well-being is rooted within us, although finding it can be complex therefore making growth difficult to experience. It is my passion and privilege to help guide people on their personal journeys and help them develop their self-awareness through mindful presence and attention.

My approach to counselling is integrative and relational. I work from a person-centered perspective, striving to establish meaningful and genuine connections. I relate to mindfulness practices and meditation to connect with our unconscious selves. I value the importance of creating a secure space which allows individuals to safely express and metabolize their thoughts. I use various modalities, including cognitive behaviour therapy as tools to shift unhelpful thoughts, actions, and feelings.

I work from a trauma-informed and culturally sensitive perspective that nurtures safety, trust and compassion. Always mindful of the value collaboration, I meet individuals where they are at, careful to not impose an itinerary other than their own. I create an empathetic non-judgemental space, characterised by transparency and mutual honesty, which promotes security and an atmosphere conducive to deep exploration.

professional education background

I am grateful that my career path has allowed me to work in the fields of mental health and education where I have supported children, adults and families in various capacities. I have worked in the education system for 6 years both as a teacher and a school counsellor. I have a Master of Education in School Counselling from City University of Seattle and am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. I also have a Bachelor of Education from Simon Fraser University, with a minor in Learning Disabilities.

My master’s capstone was a qualitative study on play therapy with children who have experienced trauma. Through the process of play therapy, children are able to work with therapists to overcome their traumatic experiences.

post-grad clinical trainings

• Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Level 1 Clinical Training (The Gottman Institute)

• Integrating Neuroscience in the Sand Tray into the Play Therapy Room with Dr. Madeleine De Little (BC Play Therapy Association (BCPTA)

• Child Therapy Symposium- Online Conference

• North American Center for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response Levels 1-3 (VTRA)

• Heart-Mind Conference, The Art & Science of Calm (Dalai Lama Center)

• Various trainings at British Columbia Play Therapy Association (BCPTA) (May 12-14, 2017)

niche areas

• Anxiety disorders

• Childhood sexual abuse

• Self-harm

• Children & Adolescents

• Play therapy

• Multi-cultural issues

• Life transitions

• Family & Parenting

the person behind the therapist

I grew up in a dynamic Vietnamese family, the youngest out of six children. My mom was one of many surviving boat refugees that came from Vietnam during the war. As a refugee and without any education, she never failed to provide for us and make ends meet in hopes that we would have a better life. Her kindness, grit, and hard work continue to inspire me to this day and are a constant reminder that with the right outlook and attitude, anything can be overcome.

In my free time, I enjoy hiking throughout BC, practicing yoga and cycling. I love travelling and have lived in different cultures for extended periods of time and this has made me even more cognizant of how everyone’s cultural background is an inherent part of them.

rate

Free Initial Consultation (individuals/couples) – 25 mins

$130 - 50 minute Individual Session

$165 - 50 minute Couples Session

$215 - 80 minute Couples Intake

$200 - 80 minute extended individual or couples counseling