Allie Montoya

MA., Registered Clinical Counsellor # 20537

Allie Montoya is currently accepting new clients.

Allie (she/her) holds a Master of Counselling Psychology from Alder University and received the university’s Social Justice Scholarship in 2020. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor.

Allie aims to create a safe space where people feel understood and truly comfortable opening up. Believing a great therapeutic relationship is essential for positive growth and change within counselling, she fosters a genuine, trusting alliance, providing insight and tools for growth. Allie is flexible in her approach with every client, understanding that every person and presenting concern is individual and unique. Walking alongside her clients on their journey of self-discovery and empowerment, she uses humour and kindness to provide support through a trauma-informed, anti-oppressive lens.

Driven to give back to her community, Allie started volunteering at the BC Crisis Centre in 2017 and was then drawn to a career in counselling as a result of her experience. Given her undergraduate degree was in an unrelated field, starting over academically required a lot of work and commitment. She shares this because she wants those considering her as their counsellor to know that she is driven, passionate about counselling, and human, having learned many humbling lessons in her own personal journey of growth and self-discovery.

Outside of Peak Resilience, you can find Allie hiking, camping, or exploring the outdoors, dreaming of her next travel plans, dancing to live music, or walking her dog Lemon around her neighbourhood.

info@alexandracounselling.com

Trauma
Anxiety
Depression
Burnout
Stress Management and Reduction
Relationship Difficulties
Family Counselling
Communication Skills
Career and Life Transitions
Grief & Loss
Self-Worth and Personal Growth
Goal Setting and Motivation
Feminist
Trauma-Informed
Existential/Humanistic
Person-Centred
Culturally Competent
Strengths-Based
Mindfulness
Motivational interviewing
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Family Systems
Relationship Counselling

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

I grew up in a Latin country with a Latin father and an American mother. Despite spending most of my life in Mexico, I was always known and recognized as a foreigner within my community. After moving to Canada to attend university, I was again considered a foreigner. I loved growing up abroad but have always felt conflicted over my cultural heritage and identity. I bring to every counselling session an understanding of how one can feel foreign within their own community, and the impact that can have on one’s mental wellbeing.

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

The raw, genuine, honest human connection. Being able to show up for someone, support them, and walk alongside them through their personal journeys of self-discovery and empowerment is a privilege.

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