Abuse - Emotional, Physical, Sexual Counsellors

Abuse - Emotional, Physical, Sexual

The area of abuse counselling includes both physical, emotional and sexual abuse therapy effectively conducted in a safe and caring environment. While not visible on the outside, emotional abuse is also a form of assault which, if left untreated, can leave lifelong emotional scars. Abusers often use intimidation to create guilt and fear to make the victim feel ashamed and isolated from other people.
 
● The symptoms of physical abuse are usually the easiest to see, with victims making excuses for scars and bruises.
● Children who are sexually abused will often have an age-inappropriate knowledge of sexuality and may even suffer from sexualy transmitted diseases, or pregnancy.
● Emotional abuse often goes hand-in-hand with either sexual, and or physical abuse. The victim will usually display a poor self-esteem, anxiety, withdrawal from social interactions, lack of trust, pessimism, and suicide attempts, to name but a few.
 
Abuse is often carried through generations, causing victims to become abusers, too. However, abuse can be stopped.
 
Therapists in this directory use a range of approaches to address abuse victims to deal with their fears, anxiety and feelings of shame. They can also help perpetrators to put an end to the abuse.  Psychologists and counsellors utilize a variety of approaches to help victims  heal from sexual, emotional or physical abuse. Couples,  group and family therapy can often be helpful.
 
If you need a counsellor or psychologist to help you address the effects of abuse, you can search through the list of names below to find a professional with the approach best suited to your situation.

Note: You may narrow your search by selecting more than one filter below.

Mickey Stein

Ph.D., R.Psych
My name is Mickey Stein and I am a registered clinical psychologist in Vancouver B.C. My mission is to provide professional psychotherapy to assist and treat adolescents and adults of all ages, and their families. If... Read more

Anna Richards

M.Couns., RCC
Anna Richards Counselling & Consulting I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a certified mediator in downtown Vancouver. I am also on faculty at the Justice Institute of British Columbia... Read more

Richard Somerset

M.A., RCC
How you doing ?  Does shame ride shotgun in your life? Do you wish your life had more purpose? Are your relationships unfulfilling? Do you wish you could change? I focus my work on helping men... Read more

Brenda Adams

M.D., RCC
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Brenda Adams is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who sees clients at her office in Duncan. Her main interests in counselling are working with people who have experienced violence and abuse or grief and loss. She... Read more

Heather Bach

M.A., CCC
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For over 20 years, Heather Bach of Bach Counselling Group brings clinical expertise to working with those who wish to make a positive change in relationships, intimacy, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, ADHD... Read more

Colleen Stewart

M.S.W., RSW
Therapeutic Approach Colleen’s training and therapeutic approach stem from an anti-oppressive lens that underpins her praxis - where theory and practise meet.  Anti-oppressive theory acknowledges that... Read more

Shaila Patel

M.A., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and I practice in Vancouver & Coquitlam.  I am originally from New Zealand and moved to Vancouver in March 2000.  This was one of several significant transitions in my... Read more

Mindy Kollman

M.Ed., RCC
Mindy has a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association for Clinical Counselors. Mindy is a fully... Read more

Christine Piercy

M.D., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#1523) and I see individual adults in my home office in North Saanich, BC. I work with people with a wide variety of concerns, including anxiety and depression, loss... Read more

Doug Elliott

M.A., RCC
What I do: rethink is a professional counselling service run by Doug Elliott, with offices in Vancouver's West End and on Bowen Island.  I hold a Masters Degree in counselling psychology and have extensive... Read more

Diana Sadat

M.C., RCC
From the outside looking in, you have a great sex life but deep down, you’re overwhelmed and feel ashamed of your who you are sexually. Sometimes, it feels like you just keep spiralling down and you’ll never... Read more

Joanne Duma

Ed.D., R.Psych
Dr. Duma is a registered psychologist who completed her Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto. She has extensive experience treating a wide variety of clinical issues including:... Read more

Deborrah Dunne

Ph.D., RCC
The decision to go for counselling often arises in the face of crisis and overwhelm. It can also come about because we are tired of dragging our issues along with us through days, weeks, months and even years. My goal... Read more

Jim Browning

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Browning has been a registered psychologist in the Vancouver area since 1980. He has worked extensively in the areas of mental health, family violence, addictions, men's issues and employee assistance. Dr. Browning... Read more

Dale Trimble

M.A., RCC
Dale works with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety or anger as well as those recovering from trauma.  Dale is a senior faculty member with the Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy Institute (... Read more

Kim Boivin

M.Ed., RCC
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Are you struggling with anxiety? Are you experiencing difficulties in your relationships?  Are you hard on yourself?  I can help.  I offer a compassionate and grounded approach with ... Read more

Gwen Bevan

M.S.W., RSW
Gwen Bevan has been counselling individuals, couples and families for over 22 years. In addition to providing counselling, Gwen provides clinical supervision for Oak Counselling Services as well as for private... Read more

Jennifer Scott

M.A., RSW
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Are you living the life you want? Are you feeling sad, angry, anxious, or scared? Are you stuck, sleepless, or just tired of it all? Are you recovering from a trauma or loss, struggling in relationships, and ... Read more
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One of my clients said that prior to coming to counselling she'd feared that the experience of therapy would be "like turning the room completely upside down." She instead found it to be "like finally... Read more

Lorne Pierce

M.A., R.Psych
I have been in private practice since 1999 providing counselling services to individuals, couples and familes. I have over 20 years experience in the helping professions in both government (federal and provincial)... Read more

Brigitte Clark

M.Ed., CCC
  My goal as a therapist is to provide honouring - honouring for you as an individual and for your experience of self and your experience in relationship.  From a holistic perspective, everything you... Read more

Aiden Ansarian

M.Couns., RCC
Welcome. My name is Aiden and I'm a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with a focus on treating anxiety/panic and mood issues related to relationships, chronic stress, and... Read more

Pam Hirakata

Ph.D., R.Psych
Pam received her Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia and has over 15 years of experience supporting individuals through a variety of life challenges. Her career as a psychologist began... Read more

Lynda Murdoch

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Murdoch uses a client-centred, non-judgmental approach to help clients face current challenges. Although issues of the past may be explored, the focus is on health and functioning in the present and future. Her... Read more

Serina Islam

Ph.D., RCC
If you are considering to begin counselling or making a decision about which therapist might be right for you, I hope this website will be an informative starting point. If you still feel uncertain after reading through... Read more

Fayza Bundalli

M.S.W., RSW
Hi.  I'm Fayza. I am a Somatic Therapist and Registered Social Worker.  I support clients who are queer (or LGBTQ2S+), and clients who are Indigenous, Black, and/or People of Colour, including folks of... Read more

Alexandra Stewart

M.A., RCC
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ABOUT ALEXANDRA Alexandra Stewart is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and Certified Clinical Counsellor (CCC). She provides therapeutic services to her adult clients at both her... Read more

Lisa Catallo

M.A., RCC
You feel alone.  Even though you might have a number of relationships, you aren't sure that anyone else truly gets you, what you've been through, and what you're facing right now.  I get that.... Read more

Yasaman Madanikia

M.Couns., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor, Art Therapist and Play Therapist. I am passionate about working with children, teens and young adults. My clients often feel high levels of anxiety, depression and PTSD and... Read more

Mary Lang

M.A., RCC
  Counselling is a profound collaboration between you and your counsellor to create a safe relational space in which you can engage in radical acts -- of change and self-acceptance.  I offer... Read more