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It takes great courage to reach out for support. You may be seeking support around a new issue or one you’ve carried for some time. Counsellng is meaningful dialogue that can help you discover new paths to freedom and self-acceptance.
Alisen Santa Ana
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor through the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. I provide individual and couples counselling to adults of all ages. I have 10 years of clinical training and experience providing effective and compassionate counselling to people who have both short-term and long-term needs. Safety and collaboration are paramount to my therapeutic work.
I work with and help clients who bring a variety of challenges and focuses to therapy including trauma (PTSD), substance addiction, anxiety, depression, grief, a sense of low self-worth, stress-management, gender diversity exploration (transition and post-transition concerns) as well as clients struggling with finding their voice and being themselves. I also have specific training and over five years experience working with and helping clients who are suicidal, concerned about someone who is suicidal and/or clients devastated by the suicide of a loved one. I work alongside clients respecting their diversity and unique values and stance in life. I am passionate about helping people find their truest sense of self such that they may live richer and more authentic lives. Through my clinical work, I have witnessed many people move through and out of difficult experiences towards a deeper sense of self-acceptance and a place of having more options and ways of being in life.
I consider our work together sacred. I engage respectfully and collaboratively with you in helping you find new approaches and solutions to your challenges. I work creatively in helping you locate your strengths, even the ones you have forgotten or lay in what feels like another universe away. I support you in finding relief from painful and unhelpful symptoms and in finding new stories or a new narrative that is more helpful and honouring of you and your experiences.
I draw from an integrated counselling approach that is primarily aligned with Narrative, Existential, Feminist and trauma informed therapies, but I work collaboratively to find the best approaches and interventions that allow for the change you are seeking, I also sometimes draw from other approaches when suitable (e.g. Brief Therapy, Dialectical and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Visualization and Mindfulness Therapy).
Together, we define the goals, pacing and development of therapy.
Setting up a Session
You can contact me through phone or email. If wanted, I offer a free 15 minute phone consult for you to talk about the possibility of starting counselling and to ask any questions you may have to ensure we’re a good fit. If you feel ready to just go ahead and book an appointment without a consult, please utilize the email form to begin the process. I look forward to hearing from you.
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For further information, visit Alisen Santa Ana's website.