Tamsen Simon

Pronouns They/them


counsellor

Vancouver Location

In-person & video sessions

Tuesday - Friday


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About Me

I was drawn to training as a therapist through my previous work with people learning to attune to themselves through the movement practice of Pilates. I have specialized training in teaching Pilates to people with neurological conditions, such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and Parkinson’s Disease, and those who are post-stroke. This work brought me into contact with people facing life-limiting diagnoses, people with traumatic histories that disassociated them from their bodies, and people who hadn't known they could be gentle with themselves while progressing in some way. That work made me part of their care webs, and I felt drawn to
expand my relational skills.

What solidified my choice to train as a therapist was my own family’s experience with the Medical Assistance in Dying program (MAID). I believe that people know what they need and are
experts in themselves. I am honoured to be present with people as they explore and experiment with change, which can happen at any time in life.

As a white, able-bodied, non-binary person, I am constantly investigating my privileges and ways of being. I am a 5th generation settler and a 1st generation immigrant to so-called Canada. I am polyamorous and have been partnered for over 20 years. I have traveled extensively throughout my life and am actively learning to communicate through differences.​

My Approach to Therapy

Drawing from Gestalt therapy and somatic approaches, I offer an exploratory and transparent dialogue while fostering an empathetic and non-judgemental environment. You’ll experience a curious and affirming therapist who challenges you to express yourself fully and notice the connections throughout your story and your experiences. Whether you are stuck or shifting rapidly, I offer space to breathe and moments to collect before moving on. Ready to meet you wherever you are each time we interact.

Working with Couples

Relationships are as unique as the individuals engaged in them which means one-size-fits-all answers do not exist for resolving relational differences. Couples therapy expands the field from a you-and-me dynamic to temporarily including a mediating therapist to facilitate through those issues that otherwise overwhelm us.

As a couples therapist, I hope to debunk the myths and prominent cultural beliefs that disrupt intimate connections and work with those seeking skills for relational intimacy challenges. In sessions, we will discuss your different unique styles of relating and what might be challenging topics, so you know how to help one another and make sure you cover the ground with important discussions.

Therapeutic Focus

  • Trauma
  •  Life transitions
  • Relational distress
  • Identity discovery
  • Polyamory
  • Chronic illness
  • Panic/anxiety