Vancouver Island Therapy

Welcome to Vancouver Island Therapy’s online booking page!

We, at Vancouver Island Therapy, respectfully and humbly acknowledge that we live and work within the ancestral, traditional, and territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nations.

We have experienced Registered Clinical Counsellors and Registered Social Workers, trained in a variety of areas, including but not limited to EMDR, ART, CBT, DBT, and Hypnotherapy. We offer individual, couples, child, adolescent and family therapy, as well as group therapy workshop opportunities.

Our associates work in partnership with a variety of organizations including the First Nations Health Authority, Jordan’s Principle, the Crime Victim Assistance Program, Autism Funding, BC Emergency Health Services and their Critical Incident Stress Program, the Physicians Health Program, and WCB.

I help heal trauma that manifests as emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical health issues; anything that is inside of you but outside of your control.

Hypnosis is a unique experience; it lands between talk therapy and meditation. The client is never unaware of the experience or powerless in any way.

I also incorporate Tapping and Graphology (Handwriting Analysis) for wellness.

I help heal trauma that manifests as emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical health issues; an... Read More

I believe that individuals are resilient but at times need guidance and support. I take on a strength-based and culturally sensitive approach when working with individuals. I have extensive experience working with youth in the areas of emotional distress, depression, anxiety, and trauma. I believe that the counselling relationship is one of the most important aspects of change.

I understand that it takes courage to walk into a therapist’s office and share what is personal, private, and often painful. However, when provided a safe, trusting, and non-judgemental environment one can feel open and comfortable.

Together we can work to build coping skills, make lifestyle changes, and understand behaviours. My goal is to meet you where you are at and to create goals that assist in your healing.

Jasmin is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a master’s degree. She can provide counselling services in English or Punjabi and is a certified EMDR therapist. Jasmin is an approved counsellor with First Nations Health Authority and the Crime Victim Assistance Program.

I believe that individuals are resilient but at times need guidance and support. I take on a stre... Read More

I work with children , families and youth who are struggling and wanting to find ways to make improvements. It is my role to assist you in developing clear goals and implementing practical and effective strategies for positive change. I have specialized in mental health and trauma for the last ten years. This includes CBT,DBT, and family therapy. In the last five years, my speciality has broadened to focus on divorce, separation and co-parent coaching. For my younger or non verbal clients, I am trained in an array of expressive and play therapy approaches. I feel honoured to work with people along their journey. I believe my ability to connect quickly, my skill set and my sense of humour can assist us in making progress together . I look forward to the opportunity of working with you.

I work with children , families and youth who are struggling and wanting to find ways to make imp... Read More

I bring decades of experience into my practice, working with varying age groups, utilizing strength-based, person centred, and solution focused modalities through cognitive behaviour therapy. I specialize in compulsive behaviours, addiction, as well as PTSD and work-related trauma for those who work in the field of emergency services.

I live by and practice the principles that are used in my work, finding long term solutions, and enhancing existing strengths, to facilitate growth and recovery.

Jim is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a master’s degree. He was Certified as a Canadian Addictions Counsellor (CCAC), is an active member of the Canadian Critical Incident Stress Foundation and certified in ART (Accelerated Resolution Therapy). Jim is an approved counsellor with First Nations Health Authority.

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Hi, my name is Diane Klaws. I am a member of Lytton First Nation and am honoured to have lived, played and worked here on Snu ney muxw territory.

I have worked with people who have experienced intergenerational abuse who struggle with a variety of addictions. I have worked with people who struggle with anger, depression, coping, parenting, communication, depression and anxiety.

My approach to life and life situations is strength based. My wisdom comes from a variety of experiences through lived knowledges, working as a child safety social worker for 15 years, Satir Trainings and Clinical Hypnosis. I have a calm, respectful, and nonjudgemental way of being.

Hi, my name is Diane Klaws. I am a member of Lytton First Nation and am honoured to have lived, ... Read More

“Family of origin work continues to be a passion of mine, understanding the patterns and roles that we can automatically repeat or conversely change with insight and support.

More recently, my professional focus has been on perinatal and postpartum mood and adjustment, along with fertility related issues and birth trauma.

I have spent years in the addiction field and also doing related work with complex trauma.”

Noelle graduated from UBC (BA) and completed a Masters in Counselling and Organizational Psychology from Adler University. with training in EMDR, CBT, DBT and various other modalities.

She is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and a Registered Clinical Counsellor.

“Family of origin work continues to be a passion of mine, understanding the patterns and roles th... Read More

Her approach is eclectic and holistic, using a wide variety of techniques such as Gestalt, Expressive Therapy, CBT, Solution Focus, Family Systems & others. Over 30 years of experience as a clinician working in a variety of areas including, mental health, addictions, relationships, personal growth and life transitions.

Let’s work together to explore the challenges creating uneasiness, confusion and pain in your life. We will work in a comfortable, accepting space to create a meaningful, grounding experience in order to help you gain new awareness, explore choices and promote positive, rewarding change and self-care.

Traditional talk therapies are not the only way to explore your story, and I often use sand play, art, storytelling, journaling, metaphor and imagery to reach a deeper understanding.

Ycha is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master’s Degree. She has certificates in Accelerated Resolution Therapy, Mental Health First Aid, SAN’YAS Indigenous Cultural Safety Training. She is a First Nations Health Authority and Crime Victim Assistance approved counsellor.

Her approach is eclectic and holistic, using a wide variety of techniques such as Gestalt, Expres... Read More

I have spent most my career working with individuals, couples and families. I have worked in numerous community mental health agencies, as well as co-operated a company focused on helping families through the challenges of addiction. I have specialized training with individual therapy, couples therapy, family therapy, interventions, conducting assessments, crisis-intervention and group therapy. I hold a diploma in Criminology and a Bachelors of Art degree in Psychology from Vancouver Island University (previously Malaspina University). I have a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from The University of Athabasca. I am dually licensed as a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and a Board Registered Interventionist (BRI). I have additional training and specialization with multiple approaches to addiction, relationships, and trauma. Some of the approaches I believe in have been trained are: Satir family therapy, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CBT), Bowen family systems, Relational Empowerment therapy (RLT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Sex addiction therapy (CSAT). I am also qualified to assess substance use and placement, sex addiction and partner trauma from sex addiction. I am a board registered Interventionist, which means I have extensive experience working with families in areas of substance and process addictions, as well as mental health challenges. If you are curious to know more about my experience, training and credentials, please contact me and I will be happy to send you a copy of my CV. I am inspired seeing individuals grow and face the challenges in their lives. I am passionate about working with couples to heal and strengthen their relationships. I love witnessing families find systemic health and communication. I love what I do and am happy to help in any way I can. In addition to my training and experience I believe my fun-loving, honest, down to earth personality will immediately put you at ease! I am known for being direct, caring, approachable and supportive. I am compassionate and create a presence to attend to whatever you bring to our work together. I see you and your relationships holistically. I have a passion for helping others while they navigate through vulnerable, challenging and exciting times in their lives. I am not an expert, but instead an informed, ethical and trained guide. I have faced adversity myself in life and landed on the other side more enlightened and content. I want to help you in the same way. I will guide you through the process to you see what is holding you back and live life to the fullest.

In addition to having a career I love, I am a parent, a grandparent, a wife and a member of a family. These rich roles and experiences make me who I am and inform my work with you. It is my hope for you to look forward to therapy sessions and see the value of having a trained professional assist you with your process. My goal is to have you find the help you are looking for. I am honoured to walk with you on your journey!

I have spent most my career working with individuals, couples and families. I have worked in num... Read More

I am passionate about helping you access your natural ability to heal and reconnect with your true self. I create a safe environment for your inner work with my compassionate, intuitive, grounding and easygoing presence. I practice powerful and efficient healing modalities that enable deep and lasting transformation. We go beyond the level of talking; studying your direct experience in the moment with curiosity and compassion. I aim to help you build self-compassion, awareness, acceptance, healthy communication and coping skills.

You can let go of patterns that no longer serve you and step into a more authentic and fulfilling life.

My approach includes body-mind-spirit and is based in attachment theory and trauma research. It is my job to guide you to places where you have become blocked so you can let go of unwanted conditioning, and be the whole and healthy person you are, underneath your wounds. I specialize in DBT, CBT and somatic therapy, all effective for a wide range of issues.

I am an advocate of alternative therapies, incorporating movement, music, breath work, reiki and chi gong. I am dedicated to every one of my clients and believe in their ability to heal and transform. I look forward to connecting with you!

I am passionate about helping you access your natural ability to heal and reconnect with your tru... Read More

Jim Edwards BSW, RSW, CCAC

Simplicity, gratitude, love and service are my guiding principles. I utilize the Satir Model (Virginia Satir et al) to help clients cultivate personal awareness, internal resources, change and healthy relationship with self and others. I promote and model balanced lifestyle including; contemplation, exercise, solitude, ceremony and connection. I have demonstrated passion and enthusiasm for helping people heal for over 35 years as a youth worker, addictions counsellor and social worker.

Jim Edwards BSW, RSW, CCAC Simplicity, gratitude, love and service are my guiding principles. I ... Read More

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Located at: 5941 Nelson Road, A, Nanaimo
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