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Neringa Dainaravičiūtė

Registered Social Worker

I have 20 years of clinical experience in mental health, both inpatient and community settings in my home country of Lithuania and in Canada. I have worked with individuals living with trauma, coping with loss, grief, anxiety, and identity struggles, as well as with clients facing oppression and marginalization.

Previously, I facilitated psychoeducational groups for children impacted by parental substance use as well as worked with children and adolescents in treatment foster care settings. In addition to my private practice, I also work as a clinical social worker at Vancouver Coastal Health.

My educational, living and working experience in two countries has shaped my clinical practice and provided me with a broader understanding of culturally sensitive aspects of therapy.

In my clinical practice with clients I focus on a trauma informed lens. I utilize narrative therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, and the experiential therapy model.

I received my Master’s in Social Work in Lithuania and I am completing my Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Psychology and Social Work, while working as a researcher in the Child Study Lab at the University of British Columbia (UBC). In my doctoral dissertation I investigate the construct of resilience in the context of multiculturalism, oppression and historical trauma.

My scholarly contributions include a number of publications in peer-reviewed journals, as well as presentations at national and international conferences on the topics of resilience and global perspectives on trauma, healing, thriving and life transitions. I have taught at the departments of social work at a university in Vilnius, and later at UBC.

I enjoy the company of my two kids and my dachshund Dobi, and I love dancing tango.

Qualifications:
20+ years of practice

Postgraduate Studies:
M.S.W., Vytautas Magnus University
Ph.D. candidate, UBC

Client Focus:
Adults

Specialties:
Anxiety
Trauma
Identity Issues
Grief and Loss
Life Transitions
Adjusting To Change

Treatment Orientation:
Trauma Informed Practice
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Experiential Unity Model
Narrative Therapy
Motivational Interviewing

Language(s):
English
Lithuanian
Russian

Location:
Yaletown
Telehealth

Availability:
Mon - Thurs 5:00pm - 8:30pm
Fri 9:00am - 6:00pm

Favourite quote:
"If you want to fly, you have to give up the things that weigh you down."   Toni Morrison