Going through a difficult time or significant life-transition? Need help with an important decision or a relationship challenge? Interested in learning more tools to cope with stress, anxiety, depression, or anger? We can help!
CMHA North and West Vancouver offers short-term, low-cost, confidential, one-to-one support to adults living on the North Shore. Our professional team of counsellors can assist you to explore your key concerns, identify opportunities for growth and develop strategies for meaningful change.
This service provides up to 12 sessions of individual counselling. This short-term, affordable service is provided for adults who do not have an open claim with ICBC, WCB or any other insurance carrier and who have a realistic potential to benefit from short-term counselling. At this time, we are only able to provide individual counselling.
We have two tiers of counselling professionals available:
$25/session for individuals
Our Master’s level counselling interns are in the final year of professional training and have been studying the field of counselling psychology for 7 years. They are supervised by our Counselling Coordinator.
Shelley Ugyan is a Master’s student who empowers her clients with the tools to “think” better and live fully in all areas of life. Shelley specializes in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and has a background working with anxiety and problematic eating issues. She has been a teacher for the past 20 years, and spends much of her spare time on her yoga mat, or dancing tango!
Melika Mirilavasani is a Master’s student in Counselling Psychology, and holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from her home country of Iran. She is completing an 8 month practicum with us ans is passionate about using CBT, existential therapy and art therapy. She will be here on Wednesdays, seeing clients, and speaks fluent Farsi as well as English, so can do counselling in either language!
Emily Macgregor is a Master’s student who has been working in psychology for over six years. She uses CBT and has experience working with mood disorders, PTSD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. In her free time, Emily enjoys running, kayaking, and learning guitar.
Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC):
$50/session for individuals
Our Counselling Coordinator, Maria Watson, is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with 17 years of counselling experience, and specializes in treating anxiety and depression. She uses CBT, an evidence based approach, that provides clients with tools to change their thinking patterns and their behaviours so they suffer less. Maria also teaches CBT to other mental health workers and supervises practicum students who are learning to become counsellors. She lives in North Vancouver with her family and her fantastic dog.
Lily Shalev is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with 7 years’ experience of therapy in a multi-cultural environment, treating addictions, loss and grief, stressful life changes and low self-esteem. She has a passion for working with young and adult women coping with life issues. She uses Narrative Therapy to shine a light on the client’s strengths, abilities and talents that enable their self-empowerment. For her, every encounter with a client is an opportunity to build together understanding and meaning that will best suit the client and expand their ability to cope with their life challenges. She lives in North Vancouver with her family and together they enjoy the great North Shore outdoors.
Sharon Lee-Flynn is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of British Columbia. She is trained in a variety of evidence-based therapies, primarily CBT for mood and anxiety disorders. She lives in West Vancouver with her husband and two young daughters.
Caroline Wedderspoon is a registered clinical counsellor who lives and works on Vancouver’s North Shore. Caroline supports those coping with depression, anxiety, loss and life changes. She also works with clients who have experienced trauma and violence. She favours a collaborative approach to understanding and addressing people’s challenges and works to highlight clients’ strengths and abilities as the pathway to coping and ultimately thriving in life. As a member of the LGBTQ community she also enjoys working with issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity. Caroline has four kids, two cats, two gerbils and a crested gecko.
Registered Clinical Counsellors (RCC’s) have a Master’s degree in Clinical or Counselling Psychology and are overseen by a regulatory body that enforces ethical standards of practice and encourages clinicians to continue to update their skills and knowledge through ongoing professional development.
This program is available by self-referral, you can request an appointment here.
Please note that the wait time for an appointment may be up to 2 months. We are working on increasing the capacity of our counselling program to decrease wait times.
For more information, feel free to contact us by phone at 604-987-6959, or by email at email@example.com