Clinical Team

Scott Arner

Registered Clinical Counsellor

I have 18 years of experience as a concurrent disorders therapist in Vancouver, working with children, youth, families, and adults struggling with mental health issues, substance use, trauma, anger, grief, as well as isolation and disconnection. 

I use a collaborative approach with clients to develop treatment plans, and goal setting.  You know your experience — your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours — better than anyone else. We work from your experience; we work on what you’d like to work on. We work together to explore goals and ideas that you feel will bring you closer to your ideal situation. I am happy to provide you with all the experience and resources at my disposal to help you get there.

I also incorporate Mindfulness into my therapy practice to aid in anxiety reduction, productivity, self-awareness and confidence.  This can be as simple as a single breath, or a single step.  It takes practice to be able to tune in to what you are doing, thinking, and feeling. With practice, obstacles become smaller while confidence grows. 

Because I want to tailor therapy to your requirements, I am able to provide ideas from numerous other approaches I have studied and practiced, including: cognitive behaviour therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, secular Buddhism (similar to mindfulness), narrative, Imago (for effective couples’ communication) and emotion-focused therapy.

Connectedness plays an important role in both my personal and professional life. At times, finding similar thoughts and opinions has helped me feel human. Other times, seeking different ideas and people has helped open my mind to new possibilities and opportunities. Either way, it is connection that made everything possible for me. 

I am very fortunate to have worked with thousands of individuals seeking a similar connectedness with their struggles. I have witnessed the courage, vulnerability, and strength of each person making difficult life changes, and hoping to find a more positive way of living their best life. 

It has been through these experiences that my passion for therapy has grown. It continues with each new individual, each new question and struggle, each journey that begins with a single step. 

For a number of years I volunteered to work with young offenders in the prison system, and with the Vancouver Crisis Centre. I have also provided mentorship and clinical supervision to counselling interns from institutions such as Adler and City Universities and UBC.

I completed my counselling degree at Simon Fraser University, and undergraduate and teaching degrees from the University of British Columbia. I received additional post-graduate training in cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), cultural competency, sexual identity, and LGTBQ support. 

In addition to being a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) I also hold a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) designation.

Qualifications:
18+ years of practice

Postgraduate Studies:
M.Ed., Simon Fraser University

Client Focus:
Adults
Teens
Groups

Specialties:
Anxiety
Depression
Trauma
Self-harm
Substance Use

Treatment Orientation:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive Processing Therapy
Dialetical Behaviour Therapy
Motivational Interviewing
MBSR

Language(s):
English

Location:
Yaletown

Availability:
Monday - Friday
9:00am - 3:00pm

Favourite quote:
“Only after disaster can we be resurrected. It's only after you've lost everything that you're free to do anything. Nothing is static, everything is evolving, everything is falling apart.”
   Chuck Palahniuk