On this page, you will find a list of trauma professionals, therapists and counsellors in British Columbia who have announced to Badge of Life Canada Insigne de vie Canada the availability of their services to assist those who connect with us. We do not endorse one professional over another, as it is always a matter of personal choice, so we will list as many trauma professionals, therapists and counsellors as we can to help you choose the best professional to address your needs. Individuals have a responsibility to investigate their own treatment or self-care strategies and the associated literature or research involving those treatments or self-care strategies. To see the criteria they must meet to be listed Therapist Criteria
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Canadian Certified Addictions Counsellor
David Burns has ten years of experience as an Addictions care provider. His qualifications include:
Internationally Certified Addiction Counsellor (ICADC); Member of the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF); International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (ICRC), which allows international practice; Member of the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine; Member of the International Society of Addiction Medicine;Board member of Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation, (CACCF) Chair of the Recertification Committee. David earned a Master’s Degree in Health Leadership; His major project was based on a comparison of abstinence-based and harm reduction addiction treatment models. David has worked in the addictions field as an Addictions Counsellor, Interventionist, Group Facilitator and Sobriety Monitor. He is currently an Addictions Counsellor and Treatment Planner for the federal government. David is a Board Member of the CAFFC caccf.ca
Dr. Sandra de Blois, PhD
Dr. de Blois uses Mindfulness-Based Equine Assisted Therapy (MBEAT®) to treat complex trauma, PTSD, depression and anxiety. MBEAT® combines mindfulness-based interventions and equine assisted therapy. I work with military veterans, emergency first responders, and aboriginal people. Mindfulness is well documented in the literature to mitigate the negative effects that chronic traumatic stress produces in the brain. I use horses in the therapeutic process to improve communication skills and anger management. Equine assisted therapy also encourages clients to connect with grief and it helps remedy symptoms of emotional numbness. Furthermore, equine assisted therapy promotes self-empowerment, self-compassion, and it assists clients in gaining new insights about themselves and their traumatic experiences. Equine assisted therapy is inherently present moment focused and thus marries well with mindfulness based therapy. Besides my formal academic training, my knowledge of PTSD and depression comes from a deep, personal experience. The therapy takes place on a tranquil ranch setting which helps traumatized individuals to reconnect with the natural world. I see clients on a weekly basis and I also offer intensive 4 to 8 week programs (6 hours of therapy per day, Mon-Fri). In addition, those clients willing to engage in an intensive program receive exposure therapy as used in the Instinctual Trauma Response model developed by Dr’s. Louis Tinnin and Linda Grant at Intensive Trauma Therapy Inc, W. Virginia. I am one of very few trauma therapists in Canada who has been trained in this model of trauma treatment.
W. Paul Erickson, Clinical Counsellor, MCP, RCC
Paul works with police, corrections officers, sheriffs, soldiers, paramedics, firefighters, and disaster relief workers. Men and women who deal with the worst that life has to offer. Things which the majority of people don’t want to know about, much less deal with. Paul also works with those who work with first responders. Crown counsel, therapists, and others who in their work with first responders, find themselves being affected as well. This is known as vicarious trauma. Being the spouse, lover, relative or friend of a first responder can be rewarding, however there can also be challenges, struggles, even heartbreaks. Watching those we care about suffer, sometimes when they are not able to admit they are suffering, can take its toll. Paul’s expertise is in assisting first responders (and those who care about them) manage the “every days” of life, while dealing with extremely difficult people and/or situations. Helping them find meaning in times, places and situations which can appear utterly pointless. As Viktor Frankl put it: “those who have a why, can endure any what.” During his 27-year career in corrections (including 17 years as a supervisor) has given me first-hand experience understanding the unique struggles at work and home that come with being on the job and with its intense situations. The challenges of managing all aspects of life can become intrusive and overwhelming at times. Paul gets it and knows what it is like to measure your life from one breath to the next, and seriously wonder if the next breath is worth it.
Dr. Kathy Keating
Dr. Kathy Keating is a registered psychologist (#2169) in Kelowna, British Columbia. She works on a full-time basis in private practice with adults, providing both psychological assessment and treatment. Dr. Keating has a specific clinical interest and experience in trauma and post-traumatic stress, depression and mood concerns, anxiety and stress, maternal mental health, health psychology, and grief, loss, and life transitions. Services: Psychological Assessment and Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and related difficulties (e.g., anxiety, depression and mood concerns, chronic pain, and sleep disturbance/disorders).
Dr. Keating serves as an advisor to the Board of Directors for Badge of Life Canada.
Dr. Jeff Morley
Dr. Morley is a recently retired RCMP officer, retiring as a Staff Sergeant after 23 years of service. Now in full-time practice as a psychologist, Dr. Morley works extensively with police officers and other first responders providing counselling, assessments, and critical incident / crisis training and interventions.
Emergency responders have the same stressors and difficulties in life as anyone, plus the added challenge of work that can negatively impact their lives, relationships, and families. Research shows that the vast majority of people who seek counselling find it helpful and effective. Finding a psychologist who understands trauma and emergency response work can help more quickly build an effective and trusting therapeutic alliance. Being proactive to seek counselling early on is very helpful to minimize distress, and ensure one stay healthy and strong.
Dr. Morley serves as an advisor to the Board of Directors for Badge of Life Canada.
Melissa Redekop M.A., R.C.C.
Melissa has her Masters in Counselling Psychology and over 11 years working with Child and Youth Mental Health, MCFD. During this time she has worked with children, youth, and families who were affected by many barriers including but not limited to trauma, poverty, addiction, and abuse which resulted in many different types of behavioral and emotional responses. She’s worked closely with those in the community supporting these families including APD, hospital staff, crisis response staff, community physicians, pediatricians, psychologists, and psychiatrists, as well as those in the public school district attempting to support her clients.
One year ago Melissa opened up a private practice through Irene Peterson, Dykstra and Associates in Abbotsford, BC and is registered with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. She’s passionate about working with those affected by trauma, directly and indirectly and have spoken several times about vicarious trauma, its affects and how to come back from it. Melissa has had the honor of working and seeing amazing stories of recovery for those affected by trauma. Melissa utilizes EMDR (Eye movement desensitization, and reprocessing), CBT (Cognitive behavioral therapy) and expressive modalities including art, and sand tray.
Dr. Julia Ting
Change IS possible! I am a registered psychologist licensed for practice in the province of British Columbia with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. In addition to my private practice, I presently also work as a psychologist at the BC Operational Stress Injury Clinic. This is a federally funded specialty clinic serving active and veteran members of the RCMP and the Canadian Forces throughout BC and the Yukon suffering from work-related psychological difficulties (e.g., PTSD, depression, anxiety, grief, loss, and chronic pain). At this clinic, we strongly emphasize the importance of providing treatment that is evidence-based (treatments with results that are well-supported by research).
I carry this important philosophy into my private practice. This is a benefit to you because we know, from research, that the types of therapies I use have successfully helped many others with similar types of difficulties. As a result, we can use these therapies with confidence and a good understanding of how you might react to therapy.
For the last several years, I have also taught the undergraduate course on Abnormal Behaviour at the UBC and I am a clinical supervisor for doctoral level clinical psychology students at UBC and for clinicians preparing for registration.
Please contact me with any questions or to book a complimentary telephone consultation.Services: Assessment and treatment of difficulties related to trauma-exposure (e.g., PTSD, anxiety disorders, and depression). Treatment can be provided in person, via telehealth (online), or by phone.
Address: 805 West Broadway, Suite 1702, Vancouver, BC, Canada V5Z 1K1 as of January 1, 2017 Unit 533 – 550 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC
Phone: (604) 780-7289
Fax: (604) 628-3815
Website: Dr. Julia Ting