Intimacy Issues Counsellors

Intimacy Issues

Intimacy issues are common for people who fear vulnerability. Some people can become vulnerable in front of a few trusted friends, however, but when a relationship starts becoming too close, they feel suffocated. In this sense, the intimacy issues are seated in the fear of developing a deep and meaningful relationship with another person.

Two fears that are at the heart of intimacy issues, are the fear of abandonment (fearing the partner might leave them) and the fear of engulfment (fearing that they would lose themselves in a relationship), which sometimes co-exist. These fears, often rooted in childhood traumas, are often deeply entrenched in codependent adult relationships where they cause friction.

A therapist who works with people who have intimacy issues will first help you to learn to become comfortable with yourself and accept yourself for who you are. You will explore the complex past events that have created these intimacy issues and discover that those events don't have to cloud your present experiences.

This process is essential in discovering that rejection does not have to be a traumatic experience. Finally, you will learn how to set personal boundaries that will help you to avoid the fear of engulfment and to cope, should abandonment occur. While healing intimacy issues can be a challenging and somewhat painful task, the rewards are incredible.

If you are looking for a counsellor or psychologist who addresses intimacy issues, you may want to search the directory to find a professional whose approach will suit you best.

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

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

Meagan Maddocks

M.Couns., RCC
Meagan is a registered clinical counsellor who has an expertise in working with clients who live with chronic diseases in Vancouver BC, near Oak & Broadway. Balancing life’s stressors and joys can be a... Read more

Mike Smith

M.A., RCC
I believe my role as a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Professional Art Therapist is to work hard at understanding where a person has come from and how they relate to others in their life, so that I can provide a... Read more

Daniele Doucet

Ph.D., RCC
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Dr Daniele Doucet (nee Duplassie) is the Founder and Director of The Shanti Counselling Centre. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, a Certified... Read more

Tom Foster

M.S.W., RSW
TOM FOSTER, MSW, RSW: Tom has been a therapist for over 25 years and has experience working with clients facing a wide range of concerns. Tom has worked extensively with issues related to sexuality, relationship... Read more

Tamara Adilman

M.A., RCC
Tamara has specialized training in relationship therapy and individual psychotherapy. As a relationship therapist she works with couples, adult children with their parents and adult sibling relationships. Her goal is to... Read more

Nicklas Ehrlich

M.S.W., RCC
Nicklas Ehrlich is a licensed Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and a Registered Social Worker (RSW) with an MSW from the University of British Columbia. She has over 39 years of experience as a Psychotherapist... Read more

Joel Brass

M.A.Sc., RCC
Joel Brass, M.A.Sc., R.C.C. has been an individual, relationship and family therapist for the past 34 years. His areas of expertise and personal passion are the healing and growth of individuals and love... Read more

Steven Lake

M.Ed., CCC
Dr. Lake has a PhD in Educational Administration. He has a personal interest in emotion and crisis management and created a Model Of Effective Crisis Management for his dissertation. His Master's degree is in... 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

Renee Bartkiewicz

M.A., RCC
  Renee Bartkiewicz is both a Registered Clinical Counsellor and an Art Therapist. In her inclusive, creative, and collaborative practice, she sees individuals that present with a variety of  issues... Read more

Abby Petterson

M.A., RCC
Abby Petterson is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a Cerified Canadian Counsellor offering psychotherapy and counselling services to individuals, couples and families. Abby has specialized training and... Read more

Daphne Georghiou

MFT, RCC
Get help from a seasoned, clinically trained psychotherapist in Vancouver, with over 20 years of experience supporting individuals, couples and families cultivate inner balance and create a path to finding joy in... Read more

Sandy Boon

M.A., RCC
Although not all of the last 30 plus years of Sandy's professional career has been spent exclusively practicing therapy, Sandy has passionately helped children, families, couples and corporations through her... Read more

Kaela Scott

M.Couns., RCC
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I am passionate and excited about the relationships people have with themselves and with others. As a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#3732) I work hard to help people get at the root of what is causing their painful... Read more

Lauren Shay

M.S.W., RSW
I provide professional, non-judgmental, collaborative support to individuals and couples in Vancouver. By offering a safe and warm therapeutic environment for exploring your unique life challenges, I can help you to... Read more

Maureen McEvoy

M.A., RCC
Maureen McEvoy, MA, RCC has been in private practice for more than 20 years. She works with individuals, couples and groups. Maureen uses Imago Relationship Therapy in her work with couples. As an Imago therapist,... Read more

Marilee Sigal

Psy.D., RCC
Our relationships with our parents, siblings, friends, lovers, spouses and children can be our greatest source of joy, and also provide our most profound experiences of frustration and sorrow. Marilee has been helping... Read more

Ellen Abrams

M.A., RCC
Since you're checking out this web site, it's likely that you've tried to work out your problems by yourself but found that it hasn't been so easy or simple. Symptoms like stress, insomnia,... 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

Marilyn Kwong

Ph.D., R.Psych
As a psychologist, I hold a deeply held conviction for the value of healthy, close relationships in our lives. I left a 15-year career in the corporate world to complete my Ph.D. in clinical psychology. As a person... 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

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

Meris Williams

Ph.D., R.Psych
Hello, and welcome to my counselling practice!  I have a PhD in Counselling Psychology (from the University of British Columbia), and I'm a Registered Psychologist (#2188) in BC.  My practice is located in... Read more

Kerry Moller

M.A., RCC
Many of our clients come in saying they feel disconnected - from their loved ones; their friends; their jobs and themselves.  They feel lonely and separate from those people and things they used to feel close... Read more

Jessie Langlois

M.Sc., RCC
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I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) working with adults and adolescents in my Vancouver office.   Many of the people who come to see me have various motivations... Read more

Norma Hoeppner

M.S.W., RSW
In private practice since 2007, Norma has been a dynamic clinical therapist across diverse health settings since 1989. Currently she practices with Clear Counselling Inc. in Vancouver, as well as an office on... Read more

Sandy Brooks

M.S.W., RSW
Sandy Brooks is a Registered Social Worker (#03369) approved for private practice.  She has over 30 years experience of helping individuals and families. Sandy draws from her many years of diverse... Read more

Suzanne Kyra

M.A., RCC
With over 30 years of experience, Suzanne Kyra, M.A., Registered Clinical Counsellor, is a highly regarded counsellor with offices in West Vancouver and Coquitlam. She is also an international empowerment speaker, CEO... Read more

Nicole McLeod

M.A., RCC
Life can feel overwhelming.  It can get complicated.  It’s easy to feel stuck, powerless and empty and sometimes it feels impossible to see past that.   My name is Nicole McLeod, I’m a... Read more