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My name is Courtenay, and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#12891), Ecotherapist, and trauma specialist. I was born and raised on the traditional, unceded and ancestral territory of the Snuneymuxw nation, on Vancouver Island. I am a fourth generation Canadian with settler ancestry: I have British and Welsh ancestral lines on my maternal side and Italian and Scottish ancestry on my paternal side. I currently live on the traditional territory of the Wet'suwet'en People in Houston, BC where I feel so grateful to connect, learn and play on (and with) this incredible land.  

It is such a gift for me to accompany my clients through the healing process, and to witness the transformations that emerge in their lives and relationships as they courageously move through the places of pain, difficulty, or stuckness. I integrate various modalities into my work, depending on my client's presenting concerns and goals. My therapeutic approach is informed by attachment theory, developmental psychology, interpersonal neurobiology, psychodynamics, somatic therapies, and affective neuroscience. I am a passionate experiential therapist who integrates Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, Mindfulness, and Ecotherapy

To learn more about these therapeutic approaches and my clinical training click here.

My areas of expertise include: ​

  • Complex trauma and dissociation;

  • PTSD;

  • Grief and loss;

  • Sexuality and gender;

  • Identity issues;

  • Chronic stress;

  • Low self esteem;

  • Building meaningful and supportive relationships;

  • Life transitions;

  • Anxiety;

  • Eco-anxiety;

  • Depression;

  • Self exploration and growth; and

  • Women's issues.

A bit about my background:

I hold a Bachelor of Arts (honours) in Psychology and First Nations Studies from Vancouver Island University, and a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia. I have worked in the field of Complex Trauma since 2009 - and have worked therapeutically with adults, children, families and groups in the non-profit sector, Indigenous communities, higher education, the public sector and private practice.

I love to learn, and am strongly committed to ongoing personal and professional development. As such, I engage in regular clinical supervision and ongoing training. I am also a professional member of the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association, the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, the EMDR International Association and the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. I served as the co-chair for the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation's Student and Emerging Professionals Committee for three years - and was the proud recipient of the ISSTD's President's Award of Distinction in 2020. 

Community wellbeing is also very important to me, and I act as a board member and volunteer for a number of local organizations in Houston, BC including the Houston Mountain Bike Association, the Houston Public Library and the Houston Hospice. 

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