My name is Bruce Avery and I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. I moved to Vancouver in 2011 and now consider it home. For the past 10 years, I had a rewarding career in the field of training and development. During this time, I learned a great deal about coaching, motivation, effective communication, and the process in which we learn and grow as individuals. I worked with various corporations designing and implementing programs to help build effective leaders and strong teams.
After realizing that I fulfilled my needs in the corporate world, I decided to pursue my goal of becoming a clinical counsellor. I received a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and am now working towards a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology.
I find that the work of counselling to be incredibly fulfilling and rewarding. I feel honoured when given the opportunity to learn about someone’s life and I feel both inspired and moved listening to stories of both extraordinary achievements as well as unbearable challenges. I believe that our emotions, behaviours, personality, and physiology are shaped by our development and environment.
Approach to Therapy
My priority is to guide you towards personal growth by supporting you in clarifying your beliefs and values. This will allow you to discover your authentic self and live more fully. I believe that we all have the capacity to overcome our challenges and rewrite our stories. The healing journey allows you to develop increased awareness and insight around your experiences and equips you with tools to enable you to feel more confident.
When working with me, you can expect to be treated with respect, care, and compassion. It is my intention to develop a foundation of trust and security and an environment in which you can explore your inner world and feel more empowered. My practice is trauma and culture informed and I work with clients from all populations. My focus is on anxiety, depression, trauma, and the LGBTQ population. Using a somatic, humanistic, and strengths-based approach, I will guide you in accessing your determination, resiliency, and internal resources to navigate life’s challenges.
It is likely that you’d like to start therapy but you’re not sure where to begin. It is my goal to make therapy understandable and accessible to you. During our first few sessions, we will collaborate on your treatment plan and find approaches that work specifically for you. For some people, this may be a very structured approach to correct cognition and behaviour, and for others it may involve becoming attuned to your body.