Registered Clinical Counsellor
Kelly Wilson is a Vancouver Counsellor and a member of good standing with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (#13912) and has her MA in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. She also has a Bachelor degree in social work from the University of Calgary.
My journey started out with trying to understand my own thoughts and feelings and eventually expanded to wanting to understand human behavior. Human behavior had always fascinated me, but it was even more so when my children’s well being counted on me being educated in a skill set that supported their challenges. When my children were diagnosed with Autism/schizophrenia and ADHD, I received amazing support from social workers and child psychiatrists which helped shape my decision to go to school for my Bachelor of Social Work and my Master in Counselling Psychology. While taking my degrees I worked in a variety of areas that helped me open my mind to new and different perspectives from people struggling with life’s challenges, but still full of hope and gratefulness; people who were accessing wet shelters, safe shelters (domestic violence), and group homes (cognitive disabilities). I have held “frontline” positions as well as leadership roles which furthered my knowledge of the dynamics and skills required to build and grow a strong, cooperative team. These experiences directly impacted my move from social work to therapeutic counselling so I could pursue my passion in supporting and teaching others to find their right path.
I have experience working with:
- Adults and youth with complex trauma and behavioral issues
- Women, men and youth who have experienced domestic and sexual violence
- Youth and Adults with Autism
- Youth and Adults with ADHD
- Individual, couples and family
- Divorce and mediation
- Registered CVAP Counsellor (Crime victim assistance program)
- ICBC Counselling claims
- Leadership skills
One size does not fill all so working in collaboration with you, I will develop counselling strategies that are tailored to meet your individual needs and goals. Through your personal insights, we will identify your strengths and create new skills that will enable you to cope with life’s challenges in a healthier and more meaningful way.
Self-discovery and growth is a life long journey. I believe that change can be
achieved by using a variety of evidence based, client centered, holistic techniques and therapeutic modalities which considers the mind, body, and spirituality of an individual. Some therapies I pull from includes:
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Emotional focused therapy (EFT)
- Gottman Therapy
- Shame (self esteem) based therapy
- Somatic experiencing
- Emotional Freedom Techniques
I believe that a person’s physical and mental health go hand in hand, so it is vitally important to live the most balanced life a person can. A healthy environment is created with mindfulness and intention, so when I’m not busy accompanying others in their journey, I spend my time exploring the lower mainland and nearby coastal towns. Moving from the Okanagan to the lower mainland was not as hard as I initially thought it would be as I still find spaces where I find peace and wellbeing. Being around water and the trees (lots of that to be found wherever you are in BC) is my happy place, so you can usually find me hiking on the trails amongst the trees or kayaking on the many lakes along the coast. Speaking of coast; many kilometers of that to be found too and I love to explore it! Purple starfish! When I’m not getting lost in nature, I choose to spend my time with friends and family (dragging them on ecological adventures), camping, cooking, reading, and binge watching my favorite shows.