Clinical Team

Laurie Hollingdrake

Registered Clinical Counsellor

I have spent the past 10 years as a therapist working with youth, adults and couples struggling with mental health issues, substance use, trauma, anger, grief, relationship violence, consentual and non-consentual sex, as well as isolation, and finding and creating purpose and meaning.

I have volunteered my time working with female-identified women who have experienced relationship abuse,  offering workshops for yoga instructors teaching self-care, trauma resilience, and skills to work with vulnerable populations, and going into residential treatment centers and organizations to offer workshops on shame resilience and self-compassion.

My passion is eliminating shame.  Nothing good ever came out of shame.  Guilt? Sure. Guilt can be very motivating.  Guilt lets us know when we have strayed from our  own personal values, beliefs, and principles. Shame, on the other hand, is just crippling and destructive.  My passion is collaborating with people to increase self-compassion, self-understanding, and recognize post-traumatic growth. 

My therapeutic approach leverages your strengths to help you.  If you are still walking the planet, you have many skills and abilities that have made this possible.  I really love sitting with people and discovering what they are already doing for themselves, expanding on these skills and talents, and trying on new ones together.  

I've also seen the power of mindfulness, where someone takes the time to put all of their focus, attention, and awareness into one sense, one task, or one activity.  This practice can really settle the nervous system and offer an oasis of peace and comfort into one’s day.  Taking a sidestep into curiosity can shift a spotlight on problems into a floodlight on the big picture of one’s life.  This creates opportunities to have gratitude for the things that are going well, and set bite-sized goals to tackle bigger issues.

However, you are in the driver’s seat here.  I have practiced many modalities of therapy over the years, and I am open to requests, suggestions, and ideas.  I believe that the therapeutic relationship is the most important aspect of counselling, so I am always open to feedback and finding ways to strengthen our connection.  I believe the therapeutic relationship is the place to try on new ways of communicating. Kind of like the dress rehearsal to real life situations.

Prior to Boreal Wellness Centres, I had the privilege of providing mentorship and supervision to new and existing therapists throughout Vancouver Coastal Health. 

I have a graduate degree in counselling from Yorkville University, and an undergraduate degree in Psychology and English Literature from UBC.

I am a certified member in good standing with the BCACC (17460).

Qualifications:
10+ years of practice

Postgraduate Studies:
M.A., Yorkville University

Client Focus:
Adults
Couples
Youth
Groups

Specialties:
Anxiety
Depression
Trauma
Grief
Anger
Relationships

Treatment Orientation:
Strengths-based CBT
Mindful Stress Reduction

Language(s):
English

Location:
Yaletown

Availability:
varies

Favourite quote:
"If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher."
   Pema Chӧdrӧn