Kristen Holbrook, MCP, RCC

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I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and I have experience working with many clients facing a wide array of different challenges including anxiety, depression, self-esteem, addiction, trauma, interpersonal conflict, and grief and loss. I have also worked with many couples to improve communication and intimacy after ruptures in the relationship or communication breakdowns. I am passionate about helping my clients achieve their goals and learn new ways of coping in order to effectively deal with the many challenges that life can present.

My experience counselling survivors of trauma and abuse in a nonprofit agency has given me an understanding of the impacts that trauma can have. Trauma can be caused by any event that overwhelms our system, and therefore, most of us have experienced a traumatic event. There are ways to resolve past trauma and live a more fulfilling life.

This work has also allowed me to have a deeper understanding of the challenges that we may face when it comes to relationship and family issues. Tools such as understanding boundaries, assertiveness, and communication can help us navigate through interpersonal conflict. Understanding our patterns, core beliefs, and triggers can also help us make different choices in the future.

I believe that each person is the expert of his or her own life. I believe in taking a collaborative approach providing support and guidance in order for my clients to move towards healing and growth.  I am truly invested in my clients' well-being. 

I am trained in EMDR which has been shown to be very effective in treating a variety of issues such as PTSD, anxiety, depression, addiction, chronic pain, and phobias. EMDR is an approach to counselling that uses bilateral stimulation to process events that have remained unprocessed or "frozen" in our nervous system.  Many current behaviours stem from past unresolved events.  EMDR can also be a good alternative to talk therapy. Together we can decide whether this approach to counselling is right for you.

Kristen Holbrook Reaches

Coquitlam BC