Areas of practice
- Adolescent Issues
- Anxiety and/or Panic
- Attention Deficit Disorder - ADHD
- Child Development
- Child Stress and Trauma
- Gender Identity Issues
- Grief and Loss - General
- Grief and Loss - Prenatal
- Parenting Issues
- Personal Growth
- Postpartum Depression
- Trauma Counselling
- Women's Issues
- Adolescent Therapy
- Child Centred Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
- Emotion Focused Therapy
- Interpersonal Psychotherapy
- Mindfulness approaches
- Narrative Therapy
- Online / Virtual / Telehealth Counselling
- Play Therapy
- Relational Psychotherapy
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
Counselling practice website:www.bronwensmith.ca
With a commitment to compassion, I offer holistic, trauma informed, person-centered counselling services to children, youth, young adults, parents and expectant parents. My approach considers the essential role of the nervous system and is grounded in attachment theory, neuroscience, mindfulness, expressive arts and play therapy.
I have training in a variety of approaches including: holistic expressive play therapy, somatic and attachment-based therapies, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), narrative therapy, and mindful self-compassion. Sessions are tailored to your unique needs and concerns. Together we will determine the therapeutic approach that best suits your goals.
I have special interest and expertise in supporting children, youth, parents, and expectant parents with:
Postpartum and perinatal mental health
Grief and loss
COUNSELLING APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
Please send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in inquiring about services or scheduling an appointment.
After we have been in touch via email, I will request that you complete an intake form, and may request that we connect by phone prior to scheduling an appointment. This initial communication will support us to determine if we are a 'good fit", prior to moving forward with services.
Fees: $150 (GST included) per 60 minute appointment.
I offer in-person and virtual services to children, youth, and parents, with Covid - 19 protocols in place.
DUNCAN OFFICE LOCATION
It is with gratitude that I live, work, and play on the traditional territory of the Coast Salish people and the Quw’utsun Nation.
My office is located in a detached garden studio on my property in Duncan, BC. I am a 10 minute drive away from the center of Duncan / off of Cowichan Lake Rd and a 5 min walk from a bus stop (Route 7).
I offer in person and virtual services.
Directions to my office will be provided upon confirmation of your counselling appointment.
My name is Bronwen, and I'm Registered Clinical Counsellor with 19 years experience supporting children, youth and families. I began supporting young people and their caregivers while employed by two different non-profit, community based, organizations in 2003 and continued working as a child, youth and family outreach worker, supporting diverse populations, until 2014. I then became employed as a clinical counsellor with Child and Youth Mental Health Services and I now offer counselling services through my private practice.
My husband and I moved from Victoria, BC to the Cowichan Valley in 2010, to be closer to the rivers, lakes, and mountains and with the plan to raise a family. We now have two daughters, and spend much of our time outside. I am grateful to live on land immersed in nature and to be able to offer in person and virtual counselling services to clients from my home office.
I have a deep appreciation for the innate wisdom of the human body, the power of attuned connection, the beauty and wonder of the natural world, and the healing qualities of play and expressive therapy. These values are evident in my personal and professional life and contribute to the holistic, person-centered support I offer clients.
I believe that each of us, big and small, have inherent inner strength and expertise that supports us to heal and grow. With a commitment to compassion, I support young people and their caregivers to understand their struggles, uncover their resources, identify their needs, connect with their authentic selves and move towards their goals.
Through play, art and talk therapy I support children, youth, young adults, and expectant parents to explore and process their thoughts, feelings and experiences while making sense of struggles, strengthening self awareness, increasing confidence and creating space for new perspectives. I have training in a variety of approaches including: holistic expressive play therapy, somatic and attachment-based therapies, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), narrative therapy, and mindful self-compassion. Sessions are tailored to your unique needs and concerns. Together we will determine the therapeutic approach that best suits your goals.
While adults often turn to language to process their experiences, children use play. Play is your child's most natural form of expression and engaging in play supports children to make sense of their experiences, their world, and their body. When children face challenges their distress may show up as behaviours, aggression, withdrawal, regression, or other maladaptive coping skills. I draw on play and expressive therapies to invite children to engage their imagination and emotions, while also regulating their nervous system through sensory activities and a nurturing environment. Through reflection, observation, and exploring new perspectives, I support clients to connect to their inner world, while they transform the meaning they give to their experiences, strengthen their confidence, develop coping strategies, and resolve challenges.
Play and expressive therapy may involve:
Imagery and visualization
Concerns that I am honored to support children with:
Depression, low mood, sadness, loneliness, anxiety, panic, stress, relational struggles, life transitions, grief and loss, trauma, self-esteem, attachment issues, neurodiversity, emotional regulation.
ADOLESCENTS AND YOUNG ADULTS
Adolescence is a time for self discovery, identity development and increased independence. While this can be an exciting time it can also be a challenging developmental stage to navigate. For many it can become increasingly difficult to cope with social pressures, expectations, and relationships. Accessing a counsellor may be a helpful resource for your teen as they process past and present struggles and look to the future.
Through talk, expressive therapies and mindfulness based techniques, I support youth and young adults to process their experiences, strengthen their self compassion, understand their symptoms, identify their needs, gain new perspective and strengthen their coping strategies.
Concerns that I am honored to support adolescents and young adults with:
Depression, low mood, sadness, loneliness, anxiety, panic, stress, emotional regulation, relational struggles, life transitions, grief and loss, trauma, self-esteem, attachment issues, neurodiversity, organization, focus, planning for the future.
Parents and caregivers want the best for their children, though it's often overwhelming and confusing to determine what that is. From endless books and the internet to opinions from family and friends, it's hard to know which way to turn and what resources to trust. In my years supporting families, I have come to learn that there is no one-size-fits- all approach to parenting. I have seen families experience greater ease and stronger connections with their loved ones when they shift from focusing on how to respond to the behaviour and instead nurture their child's unique qualities and needs. When we consider that all behaviour has meaning, we often have greater access to the resources we need to support our loved ones and to grow as caregivers.
Parents play a vital role in their child's development and wellness, and I welcome parents to participate in the therapeutic process when possible. I aim to support parents to make sense of the challenges their child is experiencing and uncover ways to support them to experience more ease, fulfillment and connection.
Parent involvement will look differently depending on the needs of the child / youth. In some circumstances parent support will be the primary intervention and in other circumstances I will meet with caregiver(s) and child, or primarily with the child / youth.
PERINATAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELLING
Perinatal mental health refers to a women’s emotional health during pregnancy (prenatal), birth and postpartum periods. During this time expectant and new parents often question their experiences, and abilities and can feel isolated as they navigate opinions, social constructs, and choices. Accessing counselling during this stage of life can create a space for you to explore your values, process your experience, and uncover what you need to feel nourished and fulfilled as you move forward on your journey.
At a young age, I developed a unique interest in all facets of parenthood, including pregnancy, birth, and the transition to parenthood. This interest guided me in my employment directions and academic pursuits. I chose to focus my research in my graduate studies on strengthening couples’ emotional connection during the transition to parenthood, and later went on to complete a counselling internship supporting expectant parents. This learning further contributed to my excitement for supporting people during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum periods.
Transitions are often accompanied by a broad range of emotions; some expected some not. Whether transitioning towards parenthood or preparing for another child, this can be a particularly overwhelming and distressing time for many. I am passionate about working with new and expectant parents as they navigate these various stages, which can be an incredibly beautiful and complex time. A time often tangled with reflections from the past, considerations for the present and dreams for the future. I am here to offer support from pregnancy, into the first year of parenting and beyond.
Concerns that I am honored to support parents and expectant parents with:
Depression, postpartum depression, anxiety, mood challenges, grief, fear, body image, self criticism, stress, relationship concerns, birth trauma recovery, pregnancy loss, identity shifts, attachment challenges.
Client fee individuals:$150 *GST included