Areas of practice
- Anxiety and/or Panic
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Employee Assistance
- Gender Identity Issues
- LGBTQ Issues
- Marriage and/or Relationship Issues
- ADD and ADHD Coping Strategies
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Cross Cultural Therapy
- Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)
- Feminist Psychotherapy
- Marriage & Couples Counselling
- Online/ Virtual Counselling
- Skype/Video Counselling
- Telephone Counselling
Counselling practice website:www.groundingstonehealing.com
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and the Founding Director of The Grounding Stone, a queer-owned counselling center and community space located at 5446 Victoria Drive in East Vancouver. The Grounding Stone has 4 counselling rooms, each with their own energy and style, and a Gathering Space, where folks are welcome to join for workshops and groups.
I specialize in working with non-traditional networks and individuals who have experienced trauma and/or abuse related to identity, religion, and expression of self. I work from an anti-oppressive framework and offers sex-positive, kink-friendly, non-monogamous and polyamorous relationship counselling. I acknowledge the systems that surround us as individuals and that add complexity to our struggles. Some of the difficulties that are often manifested as a result of these struggles are:
- Anxiety / Panic
- Healing From Trauma
As a long time resident of the Coast Salish Territories / Vancouver, I recognize the common pull to the community, connection, and opportunity that this city may offer. With the surge of development in Vancouver, many people are expressing a growing need to get away from the noise, and to find a quiet, less tread upon space to re-energize.
Along with the counselling sessions that I provide in East Vancouver, I work as a Nature Therapist with Wild Root Journeys. I facilitate Inner Journeys, wellness retreats, and nature retreats for individuals and groups (including LGBTQ2S+ journeys) who seek to connect more deeply with themselves, and with nature. I support my clients, many of whom live within city limits, to learn how to simply and safely take pause from the busyness of brimming schedules, and to incorporate a reconnection to these living spaces. This restorative pause seems to have a calming, grounding effect for many people, whether it be 4 minutes under a Cherry Blossom Tree, or 4 days on a sea kayaking journey.
I believe that our healing often arrives as we become aware that we are not alone; we are nature.
More on Megan at:
Areas of Interest:
Couples, Intimate Networks, Polyamory / Non-Monogamy, Relationship Counselling,
Gender identity, Sexuality,
Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Religious Abuse and Trauma,
End of Life
I am an Approved Counsellor for the Crime Victim Assistance Program through the B.C. Ministry of Justice.
I offer Skype and/or Telephone Counselling to clients who live at a distance, or who are unable to, or prefer not to access on-site counselling.
The Grounding Stone was birthed in response to the isolation that many folks have been feeling in the rapidly evolving landscape of Vancouver. As the cost of surviving and feelings of alone-ness are on the rise, The Grounding Stone strives to support both individuals and the community as they connect with and support one another.
Megan Jespersen is the Founding Director of The Grounding Stone. She is a protege of Christine Waymark, Co-Founder of Dragonstone Counselling in Kitsilano. With forty years between them, Christine and Megan share a special relationship as they both experienced trauma at the intersection of religion and queerness. Megan and Christine have combined their energies in supervision of intern counsellors at Dragonstone Counselling, and they both specialize in supporting folks who are both experiencing and have survived oppression, discrimination, abuse, and trauma related to non-acceptance.
Christine has been a significant force in shaping Megan’s therapeutic approach and in shifting the way that Megan is able to relate to ideas and challenges that may seem insurmountable. Megan describes this approach as one that seeks to move away from defining experiences, and rather, to find new ways of relating to experiences.
In the Summer of 2018, Megan moved her practice out of Kitsilano and opened The Grounding Stone in East Vancouver, in order to provide counselling services and to build community in a space that can be sustained and maintained for the long term.
Client fee individuals:$130 (plus GST)
Client fee couples/families:$140 (plus GST)