Welcome and I acknowledge the courage it took to get here. I am Mindy (蒋明容, she/her), a Registered Clinical Counsellor registered with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. I completed my counsellor training at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and hold a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from UBC. I am an immigrant from Taiwan, an able-bodied and cis-gender woman with all the privileges afforded by being so, and a proud introvert!
I see counselling as a sacred space where we dedicate time to ourselves to better understand who we are and to work through what we are confronting in the company of a compassionate, non-judgmental, and supportive other (the counsellor!). As the counsellor, I commit to deeply hearing and understanding your story and cultivating a space of openness, authenticity, and care where you are able to be vulnerable and still feel held and supported. I believe that the experience of strong relational support in counselling in and of itself can be healing and that it can propel you towards the change and growth that you seek.
As a first-generation immigrant who moved to Canada from Taiwan in my teens, I navigated experiences of exclusion and internalized racism and struggled to find belonging, identity, and self-acceptance. In my own healing journey, I came to recognize my harsh inner critic constantly telling me that I am not enough and how that voice was shaped by unjust experiences and social and cultural expectations. I learned to make peace with my inner critic and develop a kinder inner voice guiding me toward values that truly resonate with me and to take pride in my different identities. My experience helped me to see how our identities and the broader social systems to which we belong can impact our wellbeing. It also informs my counselling work and reminds me to examine the role of systemic forces in clients’ struggles with them.
My clinical experience spans the mental health spectrum from supporting folks with anxiety and depression to substance use and trauma. I am also experienced in working with folks navigating life transitions and exploring meaning in life.
Outside of the counselling room, I love cooking and learning to make new cuisines, making and tasting great coffees, spending time with family and friends, and connecting with myself through yoga and meditation.
I am currently accepting new clients. I offer counselling in English and Mandarin Chinese.
Mindy’s informed consent form can be found here.