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.

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Carole Gaato

Ph.D., R.Psych
With more than 20 years experience as a psychotherapist, I sometimes lose touch with just how daunting the task of finding your "right" therapist can be. Just so you know, as registered psychologists and... Read more

Sarina Kot

Ph.D., R.Psych
I am a registered psychologist with specialized training to work with children and families. I use play therapy to understand children and help them cope. As play is the natural language for children, I create a... Read more

Daphne Gelbart

M.A., RCC
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Daphne Gelbart, MA, RCC, is a Vancouver clinical counsellor registered with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (Registration # 3290). Daphne is a graduate of the University of British Columbia (UBC... Read more

Joy Schellenberg

M.A., RCC
My name is Joy Schellenberg and I’m a registered clinical counsellor with offices in Vancouver and Burnaby. Are you Tired of the Pain and Turmoil in Your life? It’s likely you’ve been struggling... Read more

Lorne Pierce

M.A., R.Psych
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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

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

Norissa Mongrain

B.S.W., RSW
Boozhoo (Greetings)! My name is Norissa Mongrain. I am an Indigenous Registered Social Worker living and practicing in the province of British Columbia. I have been working in First Nation Communities, in British... 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

Joe Ramirez

M.Couns., CCC
Joe Ramirez is a Canadian Certified Counsellor and an Adlerian psychotherapist with a Master of Counselling Psychology, providing women and men, both, individual and couples counselling.   His approach to the... Read more

Leslie Malchy

M.A., RCC
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I provide long term or short term therapy and I am available daytime and in the evenings during the week as well as on SaturdaysI work with couples, families, adults, individuals and children.I welcome people of... Read more

Mima Preston

M.C., RCC
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I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and a certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist. I specialize in life transitions, difficulty in relationships, caregiver fatigue... Read more

Rick Johal

M.S.W., RSW
Do you find it hard to just sit still and be at peace? Find yourself keeping busy all day long just so you don't have to listen to your own thoughts? Do you spend your time worrying about the future or dwelling on... Read more

Stephanie Pugsley

M.A., RCC
I have over 20 years experience of working with individuals, couples, families and groups in private practice, the Health Service, the Social Services and voluntary organisations.  I am a registered Clinical... Read more

Heather MacPherson

M.A., RCC
My passion lies in assisting individuals to live their lives to their fullest potential.  I believe that creating a safe space for individuals to explore their lives and that building a strong therapeutic... Read more

Erin Seggie

M.C., RCC
I’m Erin Seggie, a registered clinical counsellor (RCC). I have a Masters of Counselling Psychology (MCP) from Adler University, and a Bachelors of Arts (BA) in Psychology from the University of the Fraser Valley... Read more

Tricia Antoniuk

M.S.W., RSW
Imagine finding Hope & Passion in your Life... If you feel stuck or frustrated, in emotional pain or a struggling relationship, counselling can help. With respect and patience we will discover how you can meet... Read more

David Ravvin

M.A., RCC
I am a professional Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. I provide individual and couples counselling. I have been a counsellor for ten years. As I see it, my job is to work... Read more

Colleen Wilkie

Ph.D., R.Psych
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Are you disappointed in your relationships?  Do you feel lonely and misunderstood?  Are you feeling depressed or anxious?  Or, you might be someone who has had therapy in the past but needs something... Read more

David Arnell

M.Sc., RMFT
My areas of interest are:Family ConflictDepressionAnxietyFamily issues with addictionRomance repair/Marriage managementDivorce avoidance or mitigationChild/ Youth supportThe recognition of aboriginal wisdomI believe in... Read more

Sunita Ashok

M.S.W., RCSW
Sunita Ashok is a Registered Clinical Social Worker (RCSW) and a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), who has been providing individual, couples, family and group counselling and psychotherapy for over 20 years. Sunita... Read more

Lindsay Stewart

M.S.W., RCSW
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At the heart of Integrative Psychotherapy is a respectful and sensitive attunement to the client’s inner world. This helps create a foundation of safety and trust on which all other work in therapy is built. As... Read more

Sarah White

M.Couns., RCC
Parenting is the most invested relationship one can partake in. There are many tasks and challenges involved in guiding little people towards becoming competent, responsible, and happy adults. Despite parent's... Read more

Peter Silin

M.S.W., RSW
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I  have been bringing  warmth and compassion to my counselling with individuals and couples since 1980.  I believe the key to effective therapy begins with  building safe relationships where  my... Read more

Ruth Skutezky

M.A., RCC
Ruth holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, with a private office in beautiful North Vancouver, BC.  It can be difficult to reach out for help and one of Ruth... Read more

Leanne Cuddington

M.A., RCC
Leanne is a Registered Clinical Counsellor based in Kitsilano. She obtained her Master’s degree in Somatic Counselling Psychology from Naropa University, Colorado and she has specialized credentials in Body... Read more

Richard Nevin

M.Ed., RCC
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In my work as a Registered Clinical Counsellor I help individuals and couples restore pleasure and balance to their lives. People come to see me because they want something to change. Often they have been trying... Read more

Sheryl Thompson

M.Couns., RCC
You have numerous stories crafted over time through your relationships, life circumstances, beliefs, and values. Some of these stories are positive and some may not have ended happily ever after. Without much effort we... Read more

Peter M Williamson PhD

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Peter Williamson is one of only 7 officially Certified Gottman Method Couples Therapists in the province of B.C. (at time of this writing - 9/2017). Although extensively trained and with 25+ years of expertise... Read more

S Lorraine McAteer

M.A., RCC
Lorraine McAteer has dual accreditations as a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Certified Canadian Counsellor. She has 12 years Post-Secondary Education in Medical and Psychological Sciences, was awarded an MA in... Read more

Deborah English

M.A., RCC
My name is Deborah and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor. I hold a MA in Counselling Psychology from Adler University, and a BA in Psychology from the University of Manitoba. I work with individuals (youth and... Read more