Availability: Tuesday 9:00-12:00, Saturday 10:00-3:00
Alex is passionate about supporting those who seek to strengthen their relationship with themselves and with others. She believes that in order to live a more embodied and present life, we must first connect with ourselves and hold self-acceptance closely. Through her recovery from an eating disorder, Alex experienced firsthand the healing that is possible for anyone who feels suffocated by life. It was this pivotal experience that motivated Alex to venture into the counselling field.
Alex’s intention is to assist each client to access their deeper truth and authentic self. Examining and dismantling mental and emotional blocks, cultivating self-awareness, and leaning into self-acceptance may be part of the process. Alex understands that everyone’s journey of healing looks different. She is committed to meeting each person where they are at. If counselling seems overwhelming, rest assured that she will make the process as understandable and gentle as possible, while helping you access your resiliency and internal resources.
Currently completing her Masters in Counselling Psychology while working at the Looking Glass Foundation helping folks impacted by disordered eating, Alex practices with a trauma-informed, strengths-based, holistic perspective. Attachment theory, Satir, Adler, existential, emotion-focused, and mindfulness-based approaches inform her work with clients. Her approach is also influenced by neuroscience and incorporates body-centered practices. When working with Alex, you can expect to be treated with respect, empathy, and compassion. It is her priority to establish trust and safety in the therapeutic environment, and to fully see and hear her clients.
Availability: Tuesday 2:00-8:00, Thursday 3:00-8:00
Excerpts from a conversation with Chantelle (B.A. in Psychology, community worker, currently completing her Masters in Counselling): “I have wanted to be a counsellor for as long as I can remember. Because of my personal experiences, I strongly believe in the power of counselling to change your life for the better. I am honoured to be a part of that process; to help you achieve your greatest sense of self.”
“I have always been compassionate; a listener, with the desire to help others. This world can be such a dark and lonely place. It’s important to me to create a space where people can feel safe to be themselves, to explore their inner world. It’s important to me to be there to assist in carrying some of the weight while you walk along a difficult leg of your journey.”
“My goal is for each person to leave a counselling session feeling empowered. Stronger. With a better understanding of themselves. Taking a good and hard look at yourself is one of the most courageous acts. Facing your demons and sharing parts of your self with another human being is not easy. My dedication is to provide a non-judgemental space where you can explore feelings, thoughts, ideas, goals and desires.”
“My work is strongly influenced by non-directive person centred therapy. I believe that you are the expert in your life and that the answers live within you. But sometimes you may feel stuck and need someone to talk to, someone who can act as an ally, sounding board and witness.”
“I am trained with a lens of trauma-informed practiced. I have witnessed the ways that trauma affects all areas of life. I work with emotion focused therapy, which draws upon the ways in which behaviours, emotions and relationships are directly influenced by past experience in relationship. Through my relationship with each person I work with, I aim to facilitate both acceptance and desired change.”
Availability: Sunday 3:00-8:00, Monday 9:00-1:00, Tuesday 9:00-12:00
Rosie’s welcoming and generous approach values diversity and strives to offer compassionate and collaborative support. Rosie believes in the inherent wisdom and expert knowledge of each individual’s lived experience. She seeks to empower people to harness their unique strengths, resources, and resilience so they may access healthier choices that can impact their lives in meaningful and positive ways.
Rosie’s work is informed by social justice. She appreciates that we do not have equal opportunity and that many folks face difficulties and oppression that limit their choices. She is committed to understanding people within the context of their lives, believing in the respect and dignity of all persons and in the importance of deconstructing societal and oppressive structures that work to marginalize certain identities.
Rosie holds a Bachelors in Psychology from UBC and is currently completing her Masters in Counselling. Additionally, she has worked as a support worker at RainCity Housing, where she has gained experience advocating for diverse groups of people, many of whom have endured complex developmental and intergenerational traumas, substance use issues, mental health diagnoses, and homelessness.
Rosie believes that dynamic, attentive, therapeutic conversations grounded in empathic and open communication can foster people’s transformative growth and promote their aliveness and vitality. She works collaboratively with folks to help unearth tools of self-discovery and self-compassion on the road to healing.
Availability: Wedesday 2:00-8:00, Friday 1:00-6:00
Zoey welcomes you into an engaged process that centres curiosity, creativity, and a belief in the inherent worth and dignity of all people. Through empathic, non-judgmental presence and conscientious collaboration, she reflects back the power and resilience that you already possess and helps facilitate a path towards the lasting changes you are seeking.
For Zoey, counselling is rooted in the understanding that systemic inequalities and oppressive power structures are a central source of mental, emotional, and spiritual distress in our society. She draws on intersectional, social justice-informed worldviews that support personal exploration and situate the individual within a broad social context. Zoey harnesses trauma-informed, narrative, existential, and solution-focused approaches in her work. Working with Zoey, you will find emphasis on compassion, personal agency, human interconnection, and tapping into the body’s knowledge.
Zoey earned her Bachelors in English and Psychology from McGill University and is currently completing her Masters in Counselling. Her years as an educator and community organizer inform her deep optimism about people’s capacity for growth and her openness to engage with the hardships that individuals, communities and cultures endure. As a queer non-monosexual herself, she has experience with and great passion for working with folks from the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, and supporting people in diverse relationship structures, lifestyles, and practices.
Zoey is continuously inspired by the strength of the human spirit. She welcomes the opportunity and privilege to walk alongside you in your counselling journey.
To work with Robert, register for the Self-Love group he will be co-facilitating with Fiona in November!
Robert’s gentle approach, easy presence, and open, non-judgmental stance toward people is evident from the moment you meet him. Robert is an ally of all folks. He meets people with compassion and aims to facilitate each person’s unique healing process.
Robert offers practical tools to help people get unstuck from the painful cycles of thoughts and emotions. His methods are rooted in the mindfulness approach of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and also informed by existential and narrative therapy approaches. The goal of the therapeutic process in Robert’s philosophy is for each person to connect deeper with themselves in the present moment so as to eventually gain greater movement toward their goals with increasing confidence and value-based actions.
Robert graduated with a Bachelors degree in Psychology from SFU, and is currently finishing his Masters in Counselling Psychology. He has several years of volunteer experience with the Fraser Health Crisis Line as well as with psy-crises intervention at music festival sanctuary spaces. Robert is also passionately involved with a local harm reduction organization, working to create safer spaces at local events.
At Ciel Community Counselling, Robert works with men, women, and trans/nonbinary humans of diverse backgrounds. He seeks to empower each individual he comes into contact with, to create meaningful and sustainable change in their own lives.
To work with Fiona, register for the Self-Love group she will be co-facilitating with Robert in November!
Fiona offers an inviting space for self-exploration. With her understanding, compassionate, non-judgmental approach, Fiona aims to facilitate each person’s path to a deeper connection with themselves and with significant others in their lives.
Through her personal self-growth journey, Fiona has experienced the gifts of acceptance and reconnection firsthand. She believes that we each operate better in life once we feel seen and heard by others around us. Her empathy, presence, and wisdom allow each person who works with her to gain insight and take steps toward desired change. Fiona’s methods include shadow work, Gestalt, body-centred therapy, and mindfulness. Her orientation is informed by existentialist, Buddhist, and holistic approaches.
Fiona worked in non-profit and corporate areas before making a career change to the field of counselling. With her sensitive and caring nature she offers a supportive hand while walking alongside you on your journey. When working with Fiona, prepare to dive deep!
Fiona is currently completing her Masters in Counselling Psychology. She looks forward to meeting you and walking the path together.