Jodie Read RCC
In-person and online sessions
Vancouver Location (119 W Pender St)
Monday 10 am - 8 pm.
Friday 1 pm - 8 pm.
The nature of life’s experiences and living can be exceptionally fulfilling and at the same time provoke incredible challenges that can evoke internal chaos. You may not be able to control what happens to you, but we can work together to gain control over how we address, engage with, and continue to move forward given these challenges.
I believe that therapy is a place of healing, learning, and growth. My approaches are based on supporting your needs and goals and respecting the courage it took to reach out for support. I aim to create a safe, trusting space in therapy facilitated through non-judgmental and non-pathologizing approaches. As such, my approaches are client-centered and individualized to respond to who you uniquely are. I provide avenues to explore these difficulties and empower you through strengthening your resources and resiliency, so you are better equipped to work through adversities in life and ultimately experience greater life fulfillment. I am an advocate of exploring and applying holistic approaches and integrating mindfulness throughout the therapeutic process by offering a diverse set of techniques and interventions to best fit the needs of clients. I believe the roots of mindfulness help us to connect and understand ourselves and others; providing a base from which to ground ourselves in the adversities that life challenges us with.
My Work with Couples
Relationships are one of the most rewarding aspects of our lived experience. They can bring with them a deep sense of fulfillment, security, and connection. It takes effort to maintain and recover these healthy qualities in a relationship when we get off track. Jodie aspires to bring couples back to the root of what brought them together. She helps couples identify the negative patterns that trap them and throw the dynamic of the relationship into disarray. They come to discover the root of common, debilitating, and perpetuating patterns that prevent them from connecting, understanding one another, feeling heard, and communicating in effective ways. Some of these challenges include trust, communication, prior relationship/family trauma, and attachment; as well as shifts in sexuality or identity which necessitate change within the relationship.
I have trained in Terry Real’s Relational Life Therapy which creates permanent, positive change in relationships. I am practical, empathetic, and use direct therapeutic approaches and interventions, to recover, reconnect, and work in partnership toward each individual having your needs met in the relationship.
I provides couples counselling for those in non-monogamous, monogamous, polyamorous, and kink.
From a young age, I was fascinated by human connection, development, and relationships. I had always known that the adversities I faced in life would strengthen my capacity and aspirations to contribute to the process of healing and growth in others. After obtaining a diploma in Outdoor Recreation Business Management, I spent 3 years traveling across Canada attending various universities. Eventually, I settled back down in my hometown of North Vancouver to give birth to my daughter and graduate with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Simon Fraser University. From there went on to graduate with a Masters in Counselling from City University in Canada and am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC #17346) with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC).
In the last 15 years, I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of populations in varying supportive capacities. As a private, behavioural interventionist and consultant I worked with families who had a child(ren) with behavioural and/or developmental challenges. I have had the honor of working alongside survivors of human trafficking to support recovery and trauma healing which inspired me to delve deeper into understanding and contributing to the healing of trauma. As such all my approaches in therapy come from a trauma-informed approach. Through my career as a counsellor, I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of populations with dynamic experiences and struggles; including, but not limited to, trauma, suicide, Borderline Personality Disorder, anxiety, and stress, Bipolar Disorder, polyamorous relationships, and ADHD.
In my personal life, I adore being a mother and relish in having fun experiences with my daughter. I am part of a large family network and enjoy spending time with them. I am an avid reader and life-long learner. I enjoy running (except when it’s raining), weightlifting, having early morning virtual coffees with family and friends, and browsing Indigo. I believe in having a work-life balance, gut-wrenching laughter, and being present to embrace all the experiences life has to offer.
Approaches in Counselling:
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitizaiton Reporciessing (EMDR)
- Mindfulness-Based (MBSR)
- Trauma Informed Solution Focused
- Relational Client-centered Self-Compassion
- feeling overwhelmed with life
- difficulty finding satisfaction
- finding purpose and meaning in life
- feeling like you can’t go on
- emotional distress and dysregulation
- worry and fear
- difficulties in relationships
- trauma / overwhelming panic/flashbacks
- learning to manage harmful thoughts and behaviours
- harmful thoughts and behaviours
- negative self-talk
- recovering from invalidation
- low self-esteem and self-worth
- addressing harmful self-beliefs (lack of self-worth, not feeling good enough etc..)