Ella Bolourian

My Approach to Therapy

I believe in an innate ability of all humans for growth. Under stressful situations, people may employ coping strategies that might affect the only response available to them at the time. However, these so-called “automatic responses” may become habitual and form a pattern. They may also serve the role of managing our lives in ways that keep the emotional pain out of consciousness; however, these coping strategies/patterns (e.g., perfectionism) may not always serve us as they did in the past. Therefore, my therapeutic role is to empower and accompany my clients to release these restrictive emotional-behavioral patterns that hinder well-being in the present. When we develop awareness and accept the underlying nature or motive of our defenses while embracing the challenges of life, we create positive opportunities for growth and change.

My approach to therapy is attachment-based, trauma-informed and experiential. I care about having an accepting and warm presence, creating a safe space for my clients with the hope to help them experience many of the emotions, thoughts, and sensations that might have been unacknowledged. My goal is then to collaborate with clients to enable self-reflection and understanding of one’s inner experiences, integrating them into a whole self and allowing future choices based on one’s authentic values.

I work with clients presenting with different issues related to anxiety, depression, identity, adjustment, relationships, and anger. Despite my interest in working with many various issues, I am most passionate about trauma-related psychotherapy and helping clients unleash the many stuck somatic and psychological processes that one could experiences due to trauma.

I believe each client is unique and have their very own specific concerns and needs. It is because of this uniqueness that I approach every session from several therapeutic approaches to meet the best interest of my clients. I feel most inspired by the following theoretical perspectives that shape my orientation. These lenses include trauma-informed therapies such as Somatic Experiencing, Psychodynamic approaches like Object Relations and Metallization-Based therapies, Humanistic-Existential, experiential therapies like Emotion-Focused Therapy, cognitive behavioral therapies like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and also strength-based approaches like Solution-Focused Therapy.

Background Information

I have been drawn to the field of psychology and psychotherapy my whole life. This deep interest led me to attain my bachelor’s of Psychology from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver 9 years ago. I completed a Masters in Communication after, however, few years into working I decided to continue my passion in psychotherapy, and therefore I enrolled in the Masters of Counselling Psychology program at the City University of Seattle in Vancouver. I am currently in the process of completing my graduate degree to become a Registered Clinical Counsellor. Also, for the last couple of years I have been collaborating with G.V. Counselling and Education Society for Families and led by my passion for neuroscience and child psychology, I have been offering parenting workshops to immigrant families. I feel blessed every day for having the opportunity to follow my passion in a field that grants me the chance to experience meaningful interpersonal connections with people either in the therapy room with clients or outside therapy with my colleagues.

Ella is available to take new clients and works on Sunday and Thursday

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