Areas of practice
- Addictions - Relationship
- Bullying - Workplace
- Compassion Fatigue
- Eldercare Issues
- Grief and Loss - Pets
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Communication Skills Training
- Existential Analysis
- Group Therapy
- Integrative Psychotherapy
- Marriage & Couples Counselling
- Psycho-Educational Groups
Counselling practice website:www.existentialcounselling.ca
A Bit About Käri-Ann:
I have had a part-time private counselling practice since 2003 and come from a history of Outdoor Education as my first career, followed by over 20 years working in the social service sector mostly as a child, youth and family worker. I moved into the study of counselling starting in the mid-90’s, earning a Counselling Practice Diploma, then an M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology from UBC, and certiification as an Existential Analyst from the Society of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis - GLE International.
I presently teach theory and skills at a Counselling Training College, do individual and group supervision, am a trainer for the Existential Analysis Society of Canada, and I am a registered clinical counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors.
I treasure the opportunity to share some areas of life I am passionate about in both teaching, supervision, group facilitation, and also highly value the one-to-one therapeutic environment. Here it is such a privilege to hear people’s stories and to be in a position to offer compassion, support, and my sense of hopefulness that humans have a great capacity for development and growth.
My Approach to Counselling:
Most important in my style of counselling is to offer the client empathy, understanding, and non-judgment. I honour and respect each person’s singularity and uniqueness, and want to provide a place where the client can be more fully themselves. It takes courage to self-disclose and it is foremost that the therapeutic space is safe, confidential, and cozy and that the counselling relationship is trusting, warm, and supportive. Sometimes, I may simply describe the type of therapy I offer as “Inside Work” and “Outside Work”. The former is the deeper emotional processing to help you understand yourself better, connect to your values, and access your will to live more authentically. The latter is about putting new decisions or ways of being into action...this includes adapting one’s thinking and changing one’s behaviours.
My Perspective on Counselling:
It is a process whereby some of the following may be fostered:
- renewed hope
- new perspectives
- wider range of choices
- change is facilitated
- goals can be focused
- expanded horizons
- uncovering of your strengths
- transformation happens
One may also...
- feel a range of feelings
- become more yourself while still considering others
- gain skills for living
- discover new strategies
- learn new ways to deal with life’s challenges
- feel inspired to move forward
I work with individuals, couples, families, and groups and some of my areas of focus are existential therapy, pet loss counselling, and authentic living workshops.
Fulfillment and Meaning in Life: Introduction to Existential Analysis
These introductory seminars will present a meaning-oriented access to life and an existential view of human nature. We will define and experientially explore the central concept of inner consent (finding one’s inner “yes” to life). Other topics will include the fundamental attitude of understanding (phenomenology) in therapy and EA’s conceptualization of motivation. The focus will be two-fold with the development of the person of the therapist (through experiential and dialogical exercises) and the training of participants in an empirically supported and practical approach to psychotherapy.
These 2 two day seminars can also form part of the official training in Existential Analysis through the Existential Analysis Society of Canada - affiliate of GLE-International. Participants who decide later to enroll in the Training Program will receive credit towards its completion. If you think you might want to be in the next training cohort, enrolling in this Introduction Seminar is the place you start. Existential Analysis (EA) and Logotherapy, as developed by Viktor Frankl and elaborated by Alfried Längle, will be introduced as a theoretically coherent and practical approach to therapy.
Further information and a more detailed program can be found at:
EXISTENTIAL LIVING WORKSHOPS:
These are single day workshops (Saturdays 1030am-430pm) designed for personal and professional development that feature Existential Analysis themes. If you take all ten workshops, you receive a certificate of completion from the EA Society of Canada.
Client fee individuals:$120.00 / hour with some sliding scale options available
Client fee couples/families:$120.00 / hour with some sliding scale options available