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.

John Wagner

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Wagner is a registered psychologist in British Columbia and Director of the DBT Centre of Vancouver. Dr. Wagner assists adolescent and adult client's struggling with a variety of problems including depression... Read more

Hena Mahboob

MCP, RCC
My goal is to provide individuals with a safe environment for self-exploration and discovery. I will support you as you work to create sustainable and meaningful change to become a better version of yourself. My... Read more

Krista Blatchford

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
Krista (she/her) has many years experience working with children (6+), adolescents, adults, parents and families. Before completing her Masters in Counselling Psychology and becoming a therapist, she was a youth worker... 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, trauma recovery and employee... Read more

Brenda Adams

M.D., RCC
    • Video on profile
Dr. Brenda Adams is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who sees clients at her office in Duncan. Her main interests are working with people who have experienced violence and abuse, traumatic responses to other forms of... Read more

Cynthia Ehl

MC, RCC
You're probably reading this because something you want some help with something (it could be spirituality, weight, anxiety, depression, grief, relationships, communication, trauma, or stress). You've... Read more

Noele Bird

M.A., RCC
Private Practice Registered Clinical Counselor with the BC Association of Clinical Counselors Certified Music Therapist with the Canadian Association of Music Therapy Trainer in the Bonny Method of Guided... Read more

Adele Berry

MC, RCC
    • Online booking
I believe that sometimes we all need a little help to tangle with life’s dilemmas. My role as a therapist is to walk alongside clients and help in navigating the pathway to change and work towards goals in a safe... Read more

Kirsten Sherlock

M.C., RCC
    • Online booking
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor, located in Port Moody, BC. I offer 1:1 private counselling and online workshops for people to step into their personal power as they learn how to both find their true voice and how... Read more

Arezou Mirzaei

M.C., CCC
    • Online booking
Are you tired of struggling in your relationship? Are you and your partner having difficulty communicating? Has their been an extramarital affair? You maybe feeling exhausted, hurt or simply numb about your relationship... Read more

Munira Karimi

M.A., RCC
Life can be very challenging. Challenges can come across in our lives in various forms such as grief, stress, work place issues, family issues, personal issues, and past trauma. Are you facing any of these challenges?... Read more

Swarn Hardy

M.A., RCC
Swarn Hardy is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who sees clients by landline telephone or Zoom. Are you feeling overwhelmed with life? Are your normal ways of coping with stress just not working for... Read more

Raihaan Walji

M.Couns., RCC
My approach to counselling comes from a place of building an authentic relationship with my clients. I use emotionally focused therapy, CBT, EMDR as well as somatic approaches. Before becoming a... Read more

Lori McHattie

M.A., RCC
Hello and welcome - I hope that you find this information helpful as you make your decision about seeking counselling. I completed my MA in Counselling Psychology at Simon Fraser University and have more than... Read more

Kaitlin Harvey

MCP, RCC
Hello! My name is Kaitlin and I’m an RCC with the BCACC with a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counselling from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. I’m a former middle school teacher who pivoted... Read more

Joelle Lazar

M.A., RCC
I love my work, and am passionate about helping people have more joy and fulfillment in their lives and relationships! I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with extensive training and experience providing... Read more
Rebecca Christofferson MA RCC BCATR is a registered clinical counselor and art therapist. Her training began with an aboriginal program at VIU, and has included a post-graduate art therapy diploma, many parent training... Read more

Sarah Welton

M.Ed., CCC
    • Online booking
When your child isn’t doing well, it hurts you. Children can have big feelings and challenging behaviour. This can be a major life stressor. Behaviours get in the way of family time being playful and fun, and... Read more

Sho sho O

M.Couns., CCC
    • Online booking
I am a trilingual registered counsellor from Hong Kong and I practice in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. Before becoming a counsellor, I spent over 12 years in the education and tech field. My interest in becoming a... Read more

Mark Bodnarchuk

Ph.D., R.Psych
I help people who are having difficulties in their relationships with their children, family, romantic partners, and co-workers.  I work with individuals, couples, and some or all family members.  I have a... Read more

Virginia McConchie

M.S.W., RSW
ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS AT THIS TIME. NO REFERRAL NECESSARY.   My name is Virginia and I am a Registered Social Worker and Therapist. I work with individuals over the age of 18 who may be struggling with... Read more

Rimal Sandhu

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
Rimal is proud to be part of Manifest Wellness, B.C.'s only mental health clinic focused on men. Your message will forward to the confidential inbox of the Manifest Wellness Client Coordinator who will help you book... Read more

Sally Shamai

M.Ed., RCC
COVID-19 - Please note that  I am currently offering  both remote and in person sessions with appropriate measures in place . I ask that all clients  come to in -person sessions are double vaccinated.... Read more

Cristina Ciccone

M.A., RCC
PLEASE NOTE:  Cristina Ciccone is NOT accepting new clients at this time.  Allow me to introduce myself, I am Cristina Ciccone and I have been providing individual, group and relationship... Read more

Manpreet Athwal

MCP:AT, RCC
    • Online booking
Hi there, interested in seeing a counsellor?  Wanting to gain mental health support?  Are you noticing that your anxiety, depression, or mental health concerns are coming up or worsening?  Experienced... Read more

Candace Marshall

M.A., CCC
    • Online booking
UPDATE - COVID-19 and Nexus Counselling Services:  In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, your safety and health is paramount.  Whether you are a new or existing client, to accommodate your concerns and... Read more

Leah Pagels

M.S.W., RSW
    • Online booking
My name is Leah and I believe that each person and family is unique and deserves a unique approach to therapy. My practice is primarily informed by cognitive behavioral therapy (including mindfulness and acceptance, and... Read more

Jordan Gruenhage

M.A., RCC
    • Video on profile
    • Online booking
I’m a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Canadian Certified Counsellor who primarily works with gay men through online video counselling. As a gay man, do any of these sound familiar? I’m so... Read more

Ryan Leiderman

M.A., RCC
Congratulations on having the courage to work towards a better you.  As someone that has walked a similar path of self-improvement, I empathize with your struggle and truly appreciate the spark within you that... Read more

Andria Wrench

M.A., RCC
As a counsellor in the Vancouver and New Westminster areas since 1993, my practice has included working with individuals and groups (in person and online) who are managing a wide variety of challenges that have... Read more