This program is available by self-referral: request an appointment
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 8 sessions of individual counselling. We offer virtual counselling (zoom or phone) as well as in-person, socially distanced meetings. 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.
Are you a student currently in the counseling or social work program who is working towards completing your masters and/or applying for professional registration? Learn about our Practicum Placement for Clinical Counselling
We have two tiers of counselling professionals available
- Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC): $50/session for individuals. 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. Meet our RCCs
- Intern Counsellors: $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. Meet our Intern Counsellors
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
Meet our Registered Clinical Counsellors (RCC)
Our Counselling Manager, Maria Watson (she/ her/ hers), 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.
Assistant Manager Caroline Wedderspoon (she/ her/ hers) 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.
Meet our Intern Counsellors
Arezu Moshrefzadeh (she/ her/ hers) is in the final stages of completing her Master’s of Counselling through City University. She has worked in mental health research since 2004, with a focus on stress and coping, addictions, eating disorders, and most recently, reproductive mental health and women’s health. Arezu uses multiple approaches in order to work in a way that honours each client’s unique strengths and works with her clients to decide how our time together could be most useful. Arezu works from an intersectional, anti-oppressive, and trauma-informed perspective. She loves to spend her free time reading, baking, and exploring the North Shore forests with her family.
Paul Griggs ( he/ Him/ his) supports clients in the areas of life transitions, anxiety, depression, relationships, and other wellness issues for both men and women. Paul focuses on the client’s strengths and abilities to help make positive changes in their lives. He uses evidence-based modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and likes to incorporate Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Therapy (MBSR) into his clinical sessions. Before shifting his career into mental health, Paul worked for over 20 years as a business owner and executive coach. He received his undergraduate degree from UBC and is completing his Master’s degree at City University. Paul is a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
Kelsey Webster is currently completing her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Adler University, Vancouver. She has worked in the field of mental health and addictions with both youth and adults for the past five years, and currently works with youth struggling with concurrent disorders on the North Shore. Kelsey uses a client centered, trauma informed and strengths-based perspective, and likes to include attention to the felt sense in the body throughout counselling. Outside of school and work, Kelsey spends her free time with her partner and dog on the North Shore, as well as running, practicing yoga and reading.
Sarah Panofsky (she/her/hers) weaves together her background in community development, yoga, advocacy, and education in her counselling practice. Her approach is body-focused talk therapy. She works holistically with clients from a strengths-based perspective to support the integration of bodies, emotions, thoughts, and behaviours in a way that is trauma-informed. Sarah is an MA student in counselling psychology at UBC with a previous MA in human geography and a BA in anthropology. She has been trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Indigenous Focusing Oriented Therapy and is an 800-hour certified Vijnana Yoga Teacher.
This program is available by self-referral: request an appointment
Practicum Placement for Clinical Counselling
Thank you for your interest in completing your practicum with CMHA NWV. Please note that we only accept students who are currently in the counseling or social work program who are working towards completing their masters and/or applying for professional registration. Priority placement is given to students who can commit to an 8-10 month practicum.
At CMHA, you will have the opportunity to work with a diverse population of clients who are accessing our low-cost, low-barrier counselling service. You will be working with adults (18+) providing short-term, one-on- one counseling. Individual supervision will be with one of our registered clinical counsellors and you will also participate in monthly group supervision. Some of your client work may be in-person and some will be remotely, by phone or over Zoom.
We are an equity employer and seek to have a diverse staff to support our clients. We strive to offer a client-centered practice and a practicum at CMHA will suit students who are empathetic, adaptable, enthusiastic, and interested in developing evidence informed therapeutic skills.
We are currently accepting applications for April 2022. If you would like to apply please submit a resume and cover letter outlining why you would like to complete your practicum with us.
Please submit your application to Maria Watson, Manager of Clinical Counselling at: firstname.lastname@example.org.