Areas of practice
- Abuse - Emotional, Physical, Sexual
- Anxiety and/or Panic
- LGBTQ Issues
- Trauma Counselling
- Communication Skills Training
- Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)
- Emotionally Focused Therapy - Individuals
- Mindfulness approaches
Counselling practice website:www.annarichards.ca
Anna Richards Counselling & Consulting
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and a certified conflict coach, located in downtown Vancouver and an instructor at the Justice Institute of British Columbia.
• Depression & Anxiety
• Personal empowerment
In my years of practice, I have worked with people from various backgrounds on a number of issues ranging from childhood trauma, depression and anxiety, dissociation, troubled relationships both at home and at work, PTSD, gender identity transitions, low self-esteem and addiction.
My first aim as a counsellor is to build a trusting, secure relationship, in which you are invited to explore difficult questions, take risks, gain insights, and, ultimately, thrive. Growth and healing arise from this foundation of trust as it offers the necessary security for making contact, perhaps for the first time, with deep inner emotions.
Our emotions determine how we experience ourselves and the world around us; they offer us vitality, joy, resilience and a sense of true empowerment. When we have access to our emotions, we are in touch with our inner compass and are more easily able to navigate through life’s challenges.
Sometimes, experiences of trauma, neglect or serious loss overwhelms our capacity to cope, leaving our authentic emotions buried behind the protective layer of defences. This process, over time, leaves us feeling cut off from others, frustrated, and ultimately disempowered.
My practice is emotion focused and experientially based. While you set the agenda in each of our sessions, I will also orient our attention to what’s arising emotionally in the moment. While therapy can at times feel very vulnerable, I am here to ensure you are not going through this alone.
It can be difficult to reach out for counselling. I ensure that every person who takes the risk of contacting me is welcomed. A strong relationship between client and counsellor is the key to a successful therapy. I offer a free 20-minute phone consultation, as an opportunity to see if we’re a good fit.
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and certified mediator. I received a Master Degree in Counselling Psychology from the Adler University and a certification in conflict resolution specializing in third party mediation from the Justice Institute of British Columbia. In addition to working at the Neutral Zone as a counsellor and consultant, I am also a faculty coach at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. I am currently training to become certified as an AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) therapist.
Working with a diverse clientele has always been a foundation of my practice and I endeavour to cater my approach to meet the particular needs of each person. Counselling has been a gift in my own life. It is one of the greatest honours of my life to bear witness to others as they cultivate greater self-awareness, compassion and strength to move through profound pain.
I live in Vancouver with my wife and our two young children.
Client fee individuals:$175+tax/50 min
Client fee couples/families:$250+tax/75 min