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. 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.
Genevieve Arnaud is currently completing her Master’s through Yorkville University. She is a Registered Nurse and has been working in various mental health fields and environments since 2011. She has experience working with adolescents and adults with conditions ranging from anxiety, depression, eating disorders, PTSD, substance use and post-partum. She utilizes CBT, mindfulness and solution-focused techniques in her approach with clients. In her spare time, Genevieve enjoys trail running, mountain biking, powerlifting and adventuring outside with her dog.
Elizabeth Fitzgerald is completing her Masters of Counselling Psychology at City University. Her counselling perspective is strengths-based, client-centred and collaborative, concentrating on building a solid therapeutic relationship from which to safely explore the issues. She focuses on brief therapy modalities including CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Narrative Therapy, which encourage externalizing of the problem, enabling the therapist and client to work in partnership against the problem. She has experience of working with a range of mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety and substance abuse. Elizabeth is originally from England, and she loves the vast scale and beauty of the BC coastline and mountains.
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.
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.
Shelley Ugyan is a Registered Clinical Counselor (RCC). She joined the CMHA counselling team as a practicum student over 2 years ago, and since completing her training, continued to volunteer her counselling services. She uses fundamental cognitive therapy, to change unhelpful thinking patterns that often show up as some form of anxiety and/or depression. For stubborn belief systems or schemas she uses an experiential approach to uncover past events which are influencing the present. Shelley loves to spend her free time walking in Stanley Park or travelling and dancing tango.
Kirsty Lewis is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who believes that change is always possible. She has worked with people struggling with depression, anxiety, parenting and relationship challenges, postpartum depression and trauma. As a therapist, she strives to be collaborative, attentive and down-to-earth. She came to counselling after her own challenges with anxiety and the experience altered her life course. As a result, she feels passionately about helping others to understand themselves better. Kirsty is happiest either with a good book or skiing with her family on Grouse.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org