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
Recognizing and effectively addressing ineffective responses allows us to increase our self-awareness and move towards fulfillment and healing. To me, therapy is an investment in yourself that allows for personal growth and self-improvement. It is my intention to increase awareness around mental health and remove the barriers for people seeking to make positive changes.
We all experience trauma at some point in our lifetime, whether it be a car accident, witnessing a death, or being assaulted. Even if we don’t realize it and believe that we are okay, our body remembers these events. Over time, it can wreak havoc on our functioning. When we are quick to anger, become easily frustrated or stressed, or when we lose hope, these are all signs of accumulated trauma. Adverse experiences causes us to disconnect from ourselves and prevents us from making meaningful connections with others. To resolve these issues and obtain equilibrium, it’s important to focus not only on the mind but also on bodily sensations. My supervisor, Delyse Ledgard is trained in Somatic Transformation and Internal Family Systems, and I will be consulting with her throughout my practicum.
My practice is trauma and culture informed and I work with clients from all populations. My focus is on the impacts of trauma, sexual abuse, oppression and the LGBTQ population. When working with me, you can expect to be treated with respect, care, and compassion. It is my priority to develop a foundation of trust and security and a therapeutic environment in which you can learn to apply new skills to improve your life and achieve your personal goals. Using a somatic, humanistic, and strengths-based approach, I will support you in accessing your determination, resiliency, and internal resources to overcome your 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 behavior, and for others it may involve becoming attuned to your body.
This process can be enjoyable and insightful. You’ll be guided along the way.