Areas of practice
- Abuse - Emotional, Physical, Sexual
- Adolescent Issues
- Family Issues
- Gender Identity Issues
- LGBTQ Issues
- Parenting Issues
- Teen Adjustment Issues
- Adlerian Therapy
- Adolescent Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Family Systems
Counselling practice website:http://richmondcounselling.com/
Christy Arsenault (Waisman) is a seasoned therapist with extensive experience working with complex issues and diverse populations. Christy graduated with a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from the Adler University in 2008 and practiced as a Child and Family Therapist with a MCFD-funded agency until moving to full-time private practice in January 2021. In addition to the agency work, Christy also spent five fast-paced years at the Burnaby Youth Clinic and three years at Quest University in Squamish. The university counselling broadened Christy’s expertise in working with international youth focusing on academic, career, personal and social adjustment issues. As part of her commitment to continuing education, she has completed post-graduate training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and is a trained Sexual Abuse Intervention Program counsellor.
Christy believes in the ability for families and individuals to learn new strategies for coping and brings to each session a sense of optimism and positivity. As a counsellor, Christy excels in working with teens, young adults and parents. She is trained to facilitate STEP parenting groups and is passionate about working with families providing support and educations based on the principles of Adlerian psychology. The issues she most often sees in her practice are ADHD, anxiety, self-esteem, trauma, sexual abuse, depression, parent-child conflict, and anger management.
While primarily an Adlerian therapist, Christy draws upon other psychological theories such as Attachment Theory, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Solution Focused Therapy as needed.
Christy has two children who help keep her up-to-date on adolescent and teen issues. Prior to becoming a counsellor, Christy worked for a local airline, volunteered for the Coast Guard Auxiliary on their fast-response vessels and spent summers during university as a fishing guide. These practical experiences create a unique counselling environment when working with adolescents and youth as she has a variety of real-life experiences to draw upon.