Stephanie C.

MA, Registered Clinical Counsellor #20828

Stephanie C. is accepting new clients.

Somatic/experiential approaches
Emotionally Focused therapy (EFT)
Attachment-informed therapy
Polyvagal theory
Narrative Therapy
Mindful Self-Compassion
Internal family systems (IFS) – Parts work
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
Humanistic Approaches

Steph is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BCACC.

What’s it like to work with Steph (She/Her)? The heart of all of her work focuses on building a safe relationship where you can feel seen, heard, valued and supported. She meets clients at whatever stage they are at in their journey and feels honoured to facilitate a space that holds the possibility for something new.

Through her warmth, positive attitude, and sense of humour, Steph hopes to bring a light-hearted dimension to therapy that promotes vitality. Her core values include genuine connection, authenticity, zest for life, love of learning, curiosity, and kindness. She approaches clients with an active, client-centered, and collaborative approach that celebrates our unique differences and strengths. Outside of her work at Peak, you can find Steph adventuring in the mountains or by the water, connecting with friends, travelling, enjoying live music, or horseback riding.

Steph uses a variety of personalized therapeutic approaches to empower clients to lead meaningful and self-aware lives. The primary theoretical foundations of her work include relational/experiential approaches with elements of cognitive-behavioural models, while incorporating an emphasis on emotional processing and nervous system regulation. Steph is passionate about assisting clients in acquiring new skills and practical tools while discovering a deeper understanding of how their body, brain, and nervous system are involved in the healing process. She also integrates a trauma-informed systemic lens to foster a contextual understanding of each client’s unique lived experience.

Her experiences working with a wide range of people and settings have shaped the ways in which she approaches the counselling process with a compassionate, non-judgemental nature and an open mind. She has been in the helping field for over a decade working for non-profit organizations and has a diverse background in the wellness field, entrepreneurship, educational settings, event coordination, small business management, and working with animals.

Steph completed her Bachelor of Science at UBC in biopsychology and holds a Master of Counselling degree from City University of Canada.

Steph is registered with CVAP as a counsellor.

Informed consent form can be found here.

What have you learned from your work?

In the wise words of Brené Brown, “vulnerability is our most accurate measure of courage.” Counselling can be a transformational and life changing process, one that many of us put off for years or even decades. It takes courage to take the first step in seeking support, but every journey begins with one step, and if you’re reading this you have already begun that journey. So many of us experience the feeling of not being enough, not doing enough, and not having enough. Social comparison and the cultural mandate of productivity as a status symbol takes a toll on our mental wellbeing and our relationship to ourselves, others, and our community. In a society that values independence and self-efficacy, it can feel daunting to seek help when you are struggling, overwhelmed, or feeling alone – and a lot of us don’t even recognize that we’re in a state of survival mode! And so if you find yourself here, it seems you have already taken the first step towards healing and positive change. Processing life’s challenges (both current and from the past) in a supportive shared space can help lighten the load and deepen your understanding of yourself and the problems you face. In this process, we work collaboratively to develop new insights that mobilize change and cultivate a greater sense of empowerment, peace of mind, and self-awareness. Recognizing that underneath most suffering is often the pain of having to bear it on your own, it is my goal to walk alongside you to create a safe and trusting relationship to face life’s challenges together.

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