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CHRISTINA CHEN, M.A., RCC

While life entails countless wonders, it can strike us with unexpected hardship, be it emotional trauma, physical harm, or health challenges. Chronic stress, unbearable loneliness, and unresolved wounds of the past and present can paralyze us in our effort to live a joyful and meaningful life.  Beneath such suffering often lies a persistent sense of isolation and despondence.  With a witnessing and attuned therapist alongside you, we can transform this journey to one of meaning and positive connections.

As a therapist, I seek to create a space of warmth and safety where we can collaboratively work through the layers of past and on-going traumatic experiences that have kept you stuck in a place of anxiety and suffering. Through my work with clients, I have had the privilege of seeing the inspirational transformations clients experience when they are able to gain greater clarity of their unmet needs and the courage to work through misguided false beliefs towards meeting these needs. There is often, too, a deep sense of relief when they understand fully the connection between their unmet needs and their current state of distress. It has been an honour, indeed, to walk alongside them during this process and be a witness to their newly developed sense of empowerment. With a greater awareness of your inner strengths, you will be better able to access your feelings and allow them to help you work through your life circumstances. We will attend to your mind, body, and spirit by mindfully challenging your thought process, caring for your physical wellness, and cultivating your resilience, self-compassion, and courage.

I am committed to providing quality therapeutic service based on empathy, compassion, non-judgmental acceptance, and focused actions. I look forward to joining you in your journey of healing and growth.

Approach

My approach to counseling therapy is client-centred and growth-oriented. It is primarily founded upon Adlerian psychology, attachment theory, systems theory, and strength-based concepts. Depending on the needs of the client, I also integrate methods from a diverse base of therapy approaches, including those from CBT, EMDR, narrative, solution-focused, and existential.  I strongly believe in being a life-long learner, and have continued my professional development through training in various modalities of psychotherapy.

Current areas of practice:

Anxiety and stress management

Career Counselling

Communication skills (e.g. assertiveness)

Couples counselling

Depression

Grief and loss

Interpersonal conflicts (family, friends, co-workers)

Life transitions (relationships, entering adulthood, career changes, retirement, caring for aging parents, serious health challenges)

Self-esteem

Past/present abuse/trauma

 

Post-graduate Training

Adlerian Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy)

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitizing and Reprocessing)

Narrative Therapy

Positive Psychology

Solution-Focused Therapy

Traumatology

 

Qualifications

Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC)

Member of BC College of Teachers

Master of Education in Counselling Psychology, UBC

Master of Education in Language and Literacy, UBC

Bachelor of Education, UBC

Bachelor of Arts, UBC

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