Clinical Team

Stasa Pasic

Staša Pašić

Registered Clinical Counsellor

My counselling experiences include a wide range of age groups from children to seniors. In the recent years I’ve primarily worked with youth, young adults, and their families. I have had the privilege of working with individuals from various cultural, racial, religious, socioeconomic, physical ability, sexual and gender orientation backgrounds.

Most of my work so far has focused on various mental health and addiction issues. As you can imagine, mental health and addictions do not exist in a vacuum. They are often intertwined with trauma, family and relationship dynamics, identity exploration, social injustices, and many other factors that we can explore together.

My biggest asset as a therapist is bringing my genuine self into the room. During my sessions, we often engage in calming practices of grounding and mindfulness together. My counselling approach is eclectic and it depends on clients’ needs. However, I primarily utilize Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT). EFT resonates with me because we often learn to suppress the beautiful array of our emotions. I believe that emotions are there to tell us what we need, and yet, we have become so unfamiliar and uncomfortable with their presence that we can end up feeling confused, lost, or numb. Of course, not everyone feels ready for this type of exploration right from the start, and building a relationship and safety is always my priority. Our work is collaborative and it is led by your needs and goals, no matter how ever-changing they may be.

Along with EFT, my work is influenced by a feminist lens, and therapies such as Attachment, Narrative Therapy, Existentialism, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Systems Theory, Motivational Interviewing, and at times Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). Additionally, I have  Level 1 & 2 training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). In support of our foundational work, some clients choose to utilize this method to aid in processing their trauma.

I feel incredibly grateful to be in a position where I get to build trust with people on a daily basis and support them in their life’s journey. Creating a space with clients to explore vulnerable emotions and topics to help them move forward is an honour.

My name is pronounced as “Stasha”, I identify as a cisgender woman, my pronouns are she/her/hers. I was born in former Yugoslavia and I am here as an uninvited guest of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil Waututh), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), qiqéyt (Qayqayt) and kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) peoples on whose traditional unceded territories I am privileged to live, work, and play.  I acknowledge my responsibility that comes with the above-mentioned identities.

I graduated from Adler University in 2017 with a Masters degree in Clinical Counselling Psychology. I am registered with BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (#15324) and a certified member in good standing.


Qualifications:
3+ years of practice

Postgraduate Studies:
M.C.P., Adler University

Client Focus:
Youth
Adults
Groups

Specialties:
Anxiety and Mood Disorders
Depression
Substance Use
Addictive Behaviours
Anger
Grief
Adjustment to Change
Relationships

Treatment Orientation:
Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)
Mindfulness
Motivational Interviewing (MI)
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Narrative Therapy

Language(s):
English
Serbo-Croatian

Location:
Yaletown

Availability:
Tuesday 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Thursday 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Favourite quote:
"Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way."
     Victor Frankl