Registered Clinical Counsellor
My career in mental health started in 2009, and I’ve worked in a range of environments receiving clinical supervision for both individual and group counselling. Over the last 4 years I have worked at the Vancouver CBT Centre where I trained under the leading Canadian experts in the field of anxiety treatment.
My training has lead me to specialize in the treatment of different presentations of anxiety, primarily in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Generalized Anxiety Disorder, in addition to Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety, and specific phobias. Additional training included working with sleep difficulties, body dysmorphia, and body focused repetitive behaviours (hair pulling, skin picking, tic disorders).
Admitting to yourself that you need support for something you can’t deal with alone is challenging. Finding a therapist and sharing personal details of your life that many don’t know about may seem even harder. If you’re at a stage of your life where you’re debating seeing a counsellor like myself, recognize the bravery and desire for change involved in that decision!
My goal as your counsellor is to provide evidenced based treatment to support you in meeting your goals to live the life you aspire to. I work with you to create meaningful and lasting change using a warm, collaborative, and client centered approach to ensure that treatment is tailored to your unique needs. I primarily utilize CBT in my counselling style, but will also pull from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI).
Being diagnosed with Type One diabetes as a ten year old came with a truckload of hardships and adjustments that made life incredibly challenging. Besides having to prick my fingers 10+ times or inject myself with insulin 8+ times a day, or restricting my favourite foods, I had to grieve the loss of being a “normal” kid. Trying to figure out how to explain to friends what to do when I had low blood sugar, or explaining to uneducated individuals that diabetes wasn’t contagious was a really effective way to make me feel othered.
Years later, as I recognized the negative impacts that my diagnoses had on my mental health, I connected with a counsellor that allowed me to integrate this part of my life as a strength and point of pride rather than one of shame. I’m incredibly grateful for all the learning that’s come from this experience and how it influenced me to be the clinical counsellor that I am today.
I have an M.A. in Counselling Psychology and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of British Columbia. In addition to the CBT Centre, I have obtained clinical practice experience from The Vancouver Prostate Cancer Centre, the SFU and UBC Health and Counselling Centres, Downtown Eastside Youth Addiction and Homelessness populations, the Vancouver Crisis Centre, and Career Counselling Services at UBC.
5+ years of practice
College / University Students
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
9:00am - 5:00pm
“Great things don't come from comfort zones.”
Roy T. Bennett