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Rachel Keyzer

MACP, Practicum Student

What is your favourite thing about working closely with people every day?

The privilege of working with people who continuously demonstrate vulnerability and openness when facing fear, pain and oppression. I love being a part of my clients’ process of learning about themselves, releasing what is no longer needed, and choosing personal growth. I consider myself fortunate to be able to spend my working time doing something I enjoy so much.

What experience or background do you bring to your counselling and supervision practice that is uniquely yours?

Before counselling, I was a project manager in the social work field. Having spent many years working alongside some of Vancouver’s most marginalized individuals, I have learned that empathy and patience are key to supporting people. I also understand what it is like to lose loved ones to the impacts of trauma, depression and addiction. From these experiences I have learned to be present and compassionate, with myself and others.

What have you learned from your work?

The beauty of life lies in its complexities. Ultimately, we all need to feel a sense of belonging and connectedness. How we have learned to cope with life's challenges demonstrates our strength and capacity for survival. But sometimes, these coping strategies begin to do more harm than good, which is where therapy can help.