Luke Primus

Supervised by Jennifer Hollinshead, RCC 5106, CCC-S 5088

Luke Primus is accepting new clients.

Luke’s journey into the field of counselling began eight years ago while struggling to identify a path forward in his career, which meandered from carpentry to craft beer sales and everything in between. That struggle was the start of a new and meaningful pursuit to understand himself and the world around him – a pursuit that started with academics and led to the practical training involved in becoming a counsellor.

Luke spent his childhood and early working years in Prince George, where he also completed his clinical practicum. He’s has been living, working, studying, and playing in the Lower Mainland for the last ten years. Part of where Luke finds passion and purpose for counselling is in his own lived experience trying to navigate life as a student and full-time worker with ADHD. He understands neurodiversity from a theoretical and a personal lens, and helps neurodiverse clients understand their experience in a way that is both affirming of strengths and acknowledging of the unique challenges they face.

Luke has learned throughout his career to respect the wisdom and inner strength of each client. He is deeply inspired by the idea that we all have the potential (and the need) to become who we really are but that often we lack the environmental conditions necessary to do so. When our environments (family, workplace, religious community) fail us repeatedly or egregiously, we’re often left with forms of trauma that are not easy to resolve. Luke is skilled and experienced at helping clients address the effects of trauma from neglect, abuse, marginalization, and other events in life that are devastating. He works with victims of religious and spiritual trauma and offers a unique perspective on this subject after a lifetime of experience in religious communities (some healthier than others).

Luke has received specialized training through Gottman Relationship Institute to bolster his work with partnered clients and to equip him with the skills and resources for working with couples. Whether dating or married, relationship counselling is an excellent opportunity to establish a strong foundation for romantic involvement, and Luke considers it a privilege to support couples on their journey.

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Luke offers accessible counselling – $90/50 minutes, for any clients, during slow times.

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

While studying psychology has been a primary focus in the last few years, I’ve spent the last two decades (this makes me feel old) working in various roles from tree-planter in the northern wilderness to service advisor in a small Vancouver office. I look back on all the jobs I’ve had and all the hats I’ve worn (metaphorically) with appreciation for the perspective I now carry with me as a counsellor.

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

The more time I spend getting to know people, and the more people I get to know throughout my career, the bigger my world gets and the richer my perspective on this wild ride we call life. I’ve never been good at small talk, so I love showing up to work each day knowing I’ll get to have some real and honest conversations about life with people I care about.

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

I struggled with really bad anxiety in my early twenties. I spent years researching and trying out changes to my lifestyle in hopes of feeling better and thinking more clearly. Some things worked, some things not so much…but along the way I grew to understand myself and my experience of the world with new depth and clarity. I have learned to experience anxiety in a way that is helpful but not overwhelming, and I love helping others relate to their feelings in the same way.

What have you learned from your work?

So far, I’ve learned never to assume that I understand what a person is going through. Every person I meet is unique and their experience of the world is not the same as mine, which is one of the reasons I find this work so interesting and fulfilling!

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