Cole’s Bio

Whether this is your first experience with counselling or whether you are
seeking a “mental health tune up,” I appreciate the courage and
vulnerability change entails. I see my role as a counsellor as a
collaborator with you in navigating the challenging situations we
sometimes find ourselves in as individuals, partners, parents, workers and
global citizens. Regardless if these situations are long standing or newly
experienced, I will work with you to find creative and realistic
solutions.

I believe that all individuals and families bring a wealth of lived
experience that contributes to overall resiliency. Despite this, sometimes
we simply feel stuck. I can be especially helpful in areas of disordered
eating/eating disorders, anxiety, depression, self-injury, and challenges
faced by those who identify as lesbian, gay, bi/pan sexual, transgender,
two-spirited, intersex, questioning and/or queer (LGBTTIQQ). I have many
years of experience working with adolescents and delight in youth and
young adults’ capacity for insight. In addition to my Ph.D in Child and
Youth Care (CYC), I have advanced training in standard Dialectical
Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and am one of
a handful of therapists in North America trained in Radically Open
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RO-DBT), which is helpful for challenges
related to over-control. I am currently in the train-the trainer stream
and will be able to offer training and supervision to other counsellors
soon in this modality.

When not counselling, I dedicate my time as an instructor in the School of
Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria. The hundreds of
students I have taught remind me of what a privilege it is to help others.
I am also an active volunteer with Pacific Animal Therapy Society (PATS)
and would be pleased to bring a four legged co-therapist to our sessions
if requested.

I am most available Mondays and Saturday, but other times may be available.
I look forward to meeting you.