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.

Milos Despotovic

MCP, RCC
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I work a lot with young adults who are going through challenges involving dimensions of depression, anxiety, loneliness, difficulties in relationships, sexuality and sex issues, sleep problems, or spirituality. Life can... Read more

Aleesa Sutton

M.A., RCC
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You’re tired of walking on eggshells with your partner. You keep getting stuck in the same fights. You don’t feel heard or understood. Some days it seems you can’t communicate at all. You long for the... 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 37 years. His areas of expertise and personal passion are the healing and growth of individuals and love... 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

Chelsea Stenner

M.A., RCC
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I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#15201) and a Canadian Certified Counsellor (#10002791). I have a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. The first thing I want you to know... Read more

Peter Vaughan

M.A., RCC
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Certified Gottman Method Therapist, Peter frequently addresses couples communication during conflict, restoring fidelity and commitment, or building intimacy and sexuality. Other common issues: ongoing incompatibilities... Read more

Diana Kollar

M.A., RCC
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Diana loves helping people achieve fulfilling and healthy relationships with themselves as well with others.  Her compassion creates a supportive atmosphere where her clients can safely embark on a journey of self-... Read more

Danielle Bowersock

M.A., RCC
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As a Registered Clinical Counsellor in Vancouver, BC, I can help if you are stressed, anxious or depressed. At their extreme, anxiety and depression can be crippling, making you feel hopeless. Life becomes a struggle... Read more

Sarah Levine

M.Ed., RCC
Welcome.  Counselling is very personal and it is important to have a good "fit" between you and your counsellor.  My reputation is for being kind, respectful and perceptive.  I... Read more

Ron Prasad

M.A., RCC
Hello, NAJ therapies is a shared practice run by spouses, Neena Keram and Ron Prasad.  Neena Keram is  a counselor with a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and training in many areas of... Read more

Sandy Boon

M.A., RCC
SECURE VIDEO-CONFERENCE AND TELEPHONE THERAPY AVAILABLE Although not all of the last 30 plus years of Sandy's professional career has been spent exclusively practicing therapy, Sandy has passionately... Read more

Toni Pieroni

M.A., RCC
I believe that healing, growth and development occur within the context of relationship. Therefore, choosing the right therapist is a critical aspect of the therapeutic process. I bring over 40 years of personal... Read more

Sara Kammerzell

M.Ed., RCC
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For over twenty years, Sara has helped people grow through turbulent times in their lives so that they can reclaim their full vitality and live the life they were born to live.  She strives to connect with... 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

Karen Brodie

M.C., RCC
Take the first step towards healing.  At Open Heart we acknowledge that our work takes place on the traditional and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh... Read more

Dianne Gilmour

M.A., RCC
I understand how difficult it can be to even start the process of looking for a counsellor that fits your needs.  It is a huge investment emotionally and financially and I am happy to offer a free 30 minute... Read more

Meagan Maddocks

M.Couns., RCC
Meagan is a registered clinical counsellor who has over 15 years of expertise in working with clients who live with chronic illneses. Balancing life’s stressors and joys can be a difficult task. When you... Read more

Avraham Cohen

Ph.D., RCC
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Avraham Cohen, Ph. D., RCC, CCC holds the designations of Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and Canadian Counsellor Certification (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling... Read more

Mary Longworth

M.Sc., RCC
Mary Longworth is in private practice (Delta Counselling) in the South Delta, Tsawwassen, Ladner and New Westminster regions since receiving her M.Sc. in marital, family and child counselling in 1995. Mary is a... Read more

Kirsten Noack

M.Sc., RCC
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 I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor, located in downtown Vancouver, and work with empaths, deep feelers, or highly sensitive people with a history of trauma who are ready to dive deep and unburden... Read more

Amber Louie

M.Sc., RCC
As an anti-oppression psychotherapist, I value your experiences based on culture, race, indigeneity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexuality, age, (dis)ability, and spirituality. I often work with people who... Read more

Kerry Moller

M.A., RCC
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Many of our clients come in saying they feel disconnected - from their loved ones; their friends; their jobs and themselves. Many lack purpose or fulfillment in life and even thought they might be aware... Read more

Andrea Yeo

M.Ed., RCC
Andrea Yeo is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BCACC, a Child Interviewer for BC Hear the Child Society, a Secondary School Teacher with North Vancouver School District, a Certified Parenting Facilitator and... Read more

Shelley Gordon

M.S.W., RCC
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Shelley Gordon has been an Imago Relationship Therapist since 1996, and a Therapist since 1983. She has over 25 years of experience, and is an advanced clinician with Imago Relationships International. Shelley is... Read more

Sylvia Cust

M.A., RCC
Welcome to this page and what it can offer you. With 20 years experience as an individual and marital counsellor,  facilitator and Self-Regulation therapist.  Sylvia brings proven skills and radiant... Read more

Michele Maurer

M.Sc., RCC
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Appointments Available In-office and Virtually You invest yourself in your relationships. Individuals, couples and parents have done their best to cope throughout the pandemic, and it's taken a ... 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
My name is Constance and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a Canadian Certified Counsellor. I hold a MA in Counselling Psychology from Adler University, and a BA in Psychology from the University of... Read more

Grace McDonald

MFT, RCC
As a Registered Marriage & Family Therapist and Clinical Counsellor, I am passionate about helping people to more positively perceive themselves, their lives, and their relationships. In particular, I provide... Read more

Holly Yager

M.Ed., RCC
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Holly Yager M.Ed., RCC, CCC is a reproductive & sexual health and fertility counsellor in BC. She is both a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and... Read more