The counsellors at Peak Resilience work from a human-first approach to counselling. We believe in the power of being real humans who are authentic and vulnerable - just like you. This led to our blog post series called "Getting to Know Your Counsellor", where we'll feature our counsellors answering questions so you can:
1) get to know us better, and
2) hopefully feel even more safe/comfortable when you come in for counselling.
Alright, let’s check in with Erin!
Q: What is your favourite thing about being a counsellor?
A: I feel so privileged to be in the counsellor chair. The idea that there is so much unknown potential in one space is a phenomenal feeling. Connecting with the client; being given the honour of sitting with them as we navigate a challenge, transition, or opportunity is an absolute wonder to witness.
I don’t take my work lightly; I respect the process that it takes for an individual or couple to come to me. Yet I understand that the hard conversations can lead to some of the most rewarding developments.
Also, the creative flare. This role doesn’t need me to “fit in a box”. I can use humour, my personality and my own self as a mechanism for change.
Q: What would you say to someone who is thinking about coming to counselling?
A: Sometimes it’s hard to take the first step, maybe a little intimidating meeting someone for the first time and discussing personal content. I respect that, wholeheartedly, and understand that in the counsellor-client relationship we can move through that discomfort.
I also think it’s important to understand that the counselling time is “Your Time” (the clients). A time when you can be authentic and let your curiosity take charge.
Q: If you could have a super power, what would it be?
A: Teleportation, for sure! The idea of seeing my favourite people in other countries and provinces PLUS unlimited travel.
Q: What is your favourite thing about working at Peak Resilience?
A: The people and the environment! My colleagues are a pretty amazing group of badass women. In turn I feel that we attract an eclectic group of clients who make the work incredibly empowering.
The NEW Peak counselling space is a dream! The aesthetic is calming which I feel has a big impact on creating a therapeutic environment.
Q: What is your favourite color?
A: Red. But mustard yellow is a VERY close second.
Q: What do you love about living in Vancouver?
A: It’s home, I’ve been here my whole life! I’ve done my fair share of living abroad. Yet, Vancouver always draws me back. The natural beauty of being surrounded by mountains and ocean is such a treat. There are always new shops and restaurants which is a lovely way to explore!
Q: How do you practice self-care?
A: For me, self care is an ongoing process, my needs can change! However, my consistent “go-tos” are getting the body moving whether it’s going for walks, a spin or yoga class or just cruising around the neighborhood.
Connecting with my people! I get my internal fuel by being around others. Knowing this about me has led me to realize that reaching out to friends and family is how I can “fill my cup”.
I also REALLY love to bake. So fresh cookies paired with a cup of tea is a dream team for me!
Q: What is the best advice someone has given you?
A: “Just keep swimming”-My dad (and Dory from Finding Nemo)
Q: What ‘theory’ of counselling do you practice?
A: I’ve found that each counselling theory has its own offerings. Whether it be tangible tools or core emotional insights, the theories can offer an interesting guide. That being said, no two people are alike so I feel lucky that I get to be creative and see what will be the most suitable with each client that I see.
Q: How long have you worked at Peak Resilience?
A: November 2018
Interested in knowing more about Erin? You can check out her profile, watch her intro video, or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re still not sure who might be a good fit for you, you can also fill out our Get Matched Form - we'll match you with the best counsellor for you within 24 hours.