Counselling is usually the last place we turn. No matter if we are women or men, our culture teaches us that stuffing our emotions, denying our feelings, and soldiering on are ways to get through life's greatest challenges. But like all baggage it gets heavy if it accumulates, and like any wound it festers if untended.
Counselling could be said to be a way to tend to our psychological baggage and wounds and find out what is still living underneath. Doing one's psychological work is thus always both freeing and life changing. It improves our relationships not only with ourselves, but with all of those we love.
My job as a counsellor is to meet people in their greatest challenges, and to provide a vital, caring space to grieve, heal, and grow. Through facing into our own problems like this, I believe that healing is not only possible, it is the natural outcome of all sincere efforts to follow our own, individual path.
I feel that nothing is as important, or transformative, than our own path to discover ourselves. While it isn’t always easy, it is only by such efforts that we can finally be freed from old, well-worn ruts of relating and suffering, and can thereby discover more of who we truly are.
I have a PhD in Psychology with a specialization in Jungian Studies from Saybrook University in San Francisco. I studied under James Hollis, Lyn Cowan, and Jerry Ruhl, among many others. I am a Canadian Certified Counsellor by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, and I also hold a Masters degree in Environmental Science from the University of Oregon. Prior to being a counsellor I worked as a conservation manager at the David Suzuki Foundation.
My Victoria office is located in downtown Victoria. Its address is 1517 Amelia Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 2J9.
I also provide counselling in Sooke, BC, one day per week, as well as online counselling over Skype.
To learn more about how I work, my office policies, and for a map and directions to my office, please visit my website here.
Dr. Derek Martin ReachesVictoria BC