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.
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.
Candice Seligman is currently completing her Masters of Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University. She works with clients using a client-centered and strengths-based approach while using CBT and mindfulness techniques. She loves to utilize multiple theoretical approaches in order to work in an integrative way that honors each client’s uniqueness. Candice has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with a wide variety of mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety. In her spare time, Candice loves to practice yoga, read, paint, and bike around the city.
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.
Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC):
$50/session for individuals
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.
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.
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.
Emma Carlson (she/her/ hers) is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who specializes in risky behaviours, such as suicide, self-injury, substance use, and disordered eating. She uses a blend of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and attachment-oriented approaches to work with young adults and adults to collaboratively create a life that feels functional, sustainable and, most of all, worth living. In addition to this, Emma also works with high performers, such as athletes, academics, entrepreneurs, and creatives. As a queer cis-white womxn, Emma also continually strives towards anti-oppression work, advocacy and allyship, seeking to understand and champion her client’s intersecting identities, as well as the nuances of the systemic structures contributing to their distress and suffering. Emma lives in Vancouver with her family and two cats. When she’s not working, she enjoys cooking, hot yoga, and Dungeons & Dragons.
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