Areas of practice
- Abuse - Emotional, Physical, Sexual
- Cross Cultural Issues
- Divorce and/or Separation
- Family Issues
- First Nations Issues
- Gender Identity Issues
- LGBTQ Issues
- Marriage and/or Relationship Issues
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Professional Burnout
- Racism Issues
- Sexual Assault
- Workplace Issues
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Cross Cultural Therapy
- Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)
- Expressive Arts Therapies
- Feminist Psychotherapy
- Marriage & Couples Counselling
- ONLINE / VIRTUAL / TELEHEALTH COUNSELLING
- Telephone Counselling
Counselling practice website:www.amberlouie.com
As an anti-oppression psychotherapist, I value your experiences based on culture, race, indigeneity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexuality, age, disability, and spirituality. I often work with people who are of mixed ancestry, racialized, people of colour, migrant, queer, trans, Two-Spirit, non-binary, and intersex. With over two decades of experience in group facilitation, peer support, and community organizing, I am passionate about creating safer spaces for people of all communities, bodies, and backgrounds.
I work primarily with racialized individuals and couples who seek empowering ways to deal with stuck patterns, interpersonal issues, and stress. I specialize in recognizing intersectional experiences in areas such as intergenerational trauma, burnout, reclaiming desire, and identity building. Many people have come to see me for support around navigating power dynamics, work, family, dating, sex, and all kinds of relationships.
I work from an integrated anti-oppression approach, drawing from my training in techniques such as trauma-focused CBT, DBT, EMDR, somatics, and emotionally focused therapy (EFT) for couples. To assist you in reaching your goals, I support you to focus on developing your strengths.
Racialized people coming to see me have often had a hard time finding a therapist who centres the complexity of their lived realities and what their people have actually gone through. I support clients to build the futures they want, while navigating systems that were not set up for people like them, within local and global climates in which certain lives are valued less. In doing so, I work from my values and training in BIPOC and migrant community-building, decriminalization, sexual liberation, reproductive rights, disability justice, HIV activism, and consent culture.
In anti-oppression psychotherapy, I make space to process the grief and feelings that have been repeatedly silenced, including healthy anger and deepest desires. I offer tools, empathy, and intersectional framing to deal with the impacts of racism on the mind, body, and spirit.
Issues include, for example:
- Conflict management & transformative justice
- Anti-colonial and anti-racist parenting
- Family planning, options, and choices
- Safety planning, risk reduction & harm reduction
I support people to recognize and address the impacts of:
- Microaggressions, bias, and hate crimes
- Shame-based self-talk learned from white supremacy, colonialism and other systemic isms
- Family guilt, obligation and (inter/trans)generational trauma
- Racism in childhood, school, work, and religious trauma
- Being the first in your family to navigate a particular realm
- Exploitation, tokenization, and stereotypes
- Co-opting of movements and struggles
- Dogma and manipulation within activist communities
Supporting social justice movements is also an important part of what I do. This includes counselling and consulting for people involved in strategy, creative resistance, training, education, law, childcare and health support. I support parents, organizers, decision-makers, advocates, and community members to reflect, connect and refuel.
Client fee individuals:$225
Client fee couples/families:$275