Contact

barbara@islandfamilycounselling.ca
Phone: 778-679-5859

Barbara’s Bio

I am a Canadian Certified Counsellor registered with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. I graduated from the University of Victoria in 1997 with a Bachelors degree in Psychology. In 2000, I completed my Masters degree in Applied Behavioural Science with a focus on Family Systems Counselling. At the beginning of my career, I gained valuable experience working with charitable and non-profit organizations. In particular, my work experience with the Victoria Brain Injury Society, created a special interest in counselling individuals and families living with the effects of an acquired brain injury. I am also passionate about supporting those who have experienced trauma. Whether working with an individual, couple or family, I take a systemic approach, noticing patterns and implementing strategies to have lasting effects within the context of the client’s life and relationships. Counselling is a relationship and I employ a collaborative process, encouraging clients to take an active role as they set goals and create the change they want to see in their lives.

When I am not counselling, I am often found in a yoga class, or hiking and biking around victoria . My beliefs in holistic health, result in many experiments in the kitchen. If at all possible, I am using food that I have grown in my small but abundant garden. And last but not least I love the time I spend with my husband and our two children.