Lani El-Guebaly

MEd, Registered Clinical Counsellor #11597, Registered Teacher #L198396

Lani El-Guebaly

Lani El-Guebaly is currently accepting new relationship clients.

Emotionally-Focused Therapy
Gottman Method
Strength Based Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Motivational Interviewing
Feminist Theory
Person-Centred Therapy
Solution Focused Therapy
Trauma Informed Therapy
Mindfulness
EMDR

Lani is not currently accepting any ICBC claims-connected clients

Lani (she/hers) is a relationship-specific counsellor who believes in creating a warm and inviting space where precious relationships can feel comfortable revealing opportunities at their own pace.  

Be it the relationships most precious to us (our loved ones) or the relationships most integral to us (our business partners), Lani enjoys uncovering core issues that can be at the root of conflict and get in the way of connection. She strives to support relationships to pivot from the circular frustrations they often come in with, supporting them to better understand how to get unstuck from their patterns so they can spend more time enjoying each other or building together.

Her 15 years working at Vancouver Coastal Health as a sexual health promotion specialist and clinical educator has especially equipped her to support couples with their sexual wellness needs which often requires a level of education, sensitivity and robust comfort not commonly found. She hopes clients can communicate their needs, desires and goals and fully express themselves without the risk of judgement.

Lani honours diverse abilities and uses a variety of therapeutic tools (including Emotionally Focused Therapy & Gottman Method) to create emotional shifts that increase empathetic understanding. Lani has worked in education and counselling in a variety of capacities since 2005 and, as a trained workshop facilitator and leadership developer, she is extremely adept at helping people embrace their best communication and leadership skills.

Lani is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors and a Registered Teacher with the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation. This duality helps Lani approach wellness from both an educational and supportive standpoint.

lani@leilanicounselling.com

Lani’s informed consent form can be found here.

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

I enjoy dispelling the myth that counsellors need to be infallible and serious, and delight in showcasing my quirky and vivacious personality. I’ve been told I’m rather approachable and believe my personality helps put people at ease (which, given quality counselling relies on being able to form a bond, I always take as an utmost compliment!). Therapy can sometimes be a bit tough, so the ability to offer some levity, when appropriate and supportive to a situation, can be everything.

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

I am in awe of clients who take the risk to trust me with their struggles, because it takes so much courage to be vulnerable. I also love being surrounded with people who were smart enough to override the myth that seeking counselling means they are broken. Instead, they recognize seeking support is a marker that they are strong enough to create the breakthroughs they know their lives deserve.

What is a personal challenge that you have overcome in your own life?

I began to struggle driving on highways and over bridges. I downplayed the severity of my increasing discomfort until I learned what a panic attack was while driving B.C.’s Coquihalla Highway (with no passenger to take the wheel, and with over 100km left to drive, I might add!). I had been proudly “highly-efficient” for so long (at the time, full time work and full time school) that it wasn’t until my body began to manifest this cue that something wasn’t right that I clued in that I needed support. A counsellor helped me appreciate my challenge for what it was: anxiety. The moment I began embracing, versus denying this anxiety, I felt a shift.

What have you learned from your work?

learned how sharing one’s story in the presence of an empathetic witness can, in itself, create a profoundly positive stride toward healing and cultivating self-compassion.

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