Welcome. My name is Helen Whitehead. I am in the final year of my graduate Master of Counselling program at City University and I bring a wealth of experience to therapy sessions through my previous 10 years in the counselling field. Originally from the United Kingdom, I have now been living in North Vancouver since 2008.
Every journey begins with a single step and with counselling that first step is choosing the right therapist for you to work alongside with. I am committed to creating a safe, compassionate, inviting, and non-judgmental space to welcome any challenges, insecurities, sadness or fears you may experience. Utilizing an informed and focussed approach, we will work together to navigate the path toward emotional healing, clarity, peace, self-awareness and personal well-being.
Through our collaboration we can explore whatever difficulties you are facing, including traumatic experiences, feelings of loss, anxiety, anger, and relationship conflicts. Feelings of disconnection, being stuck and struggles with life transitions can also be supported in our work together.
My Therapeutic Orientation
My counselling practice incorporates theories and techniques from several evidence-based therapies including Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Motivational Interviewing, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I welcome questions about these approaches or any other aspects of counselling that you are unsure about to support your comfort and understanding of the therapeutic process.
If you choose to work with me, you can expect a non-judgemental and confidential space in which you are given the opportunity to discuss your inner thoughts, feelings and experiences. I will support you and at times, challenge you so you can honestly evaluate and clarify values, meaning, motivations and what really matters to you. I will give you the space in which to work out how to best cope with the challenges you are presently experiencing and empower you to draw upon your many strengths.
I look forward to walking alongside you in your journey and honouring your story