Ernest Chen is a bilingual - Cantonese and English - Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellor (BCACC) and a Canadian Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). Ernest holds a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology from Adler University, Vancouver. In addition, he has his certifications in Observed and Experiential Integration (OEI), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Clinical Hypnosis (Hypnotherapy), Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), and Existential Analysis (Psychotherapist). For more info, click here.
Typically, Ernest employs an existential-humanistic approach to therapy, guiding a client through to the core of the issue rather than symptom management. Depending on the presenting concern and the client's comfort he may use other techniques such as Solution-Focused Therapy, Hypnotherapy, EMDR, OEI, or CBT and Mindfulness.
Ernest is passionate about the well-being of the mind and soul thus continuously educates himself in the most effective ways of helping people navigate through challenges. Besides formal training, Ernest's own life journey has become his laboratory of innovative ways to face life as he manages life transitions, grief and loss, and even death itself using many tools and philosophies shared with clients. Many would say that Ernest has an old soul with much vitality for life. Through his life's journey, Ernest has learned that life is full of surprises and one can face that reality being fully present or one can choose to face it later when it is much more complicated but life never presents a challenge without a solution either from within or from the outside. Using his knowledge, creative alternatives, and talk therapy he helps clients search for this solution.
Currently, Ernest has worked with Homewood Health for 10 years while seeing private clients through Willful Minds. In 2017 he received the award for Excellence in Counselling from the CCPA after helping more than thousands of clients annually. Since 2006, Ernest has worked with a diverse group of clients, addressing many topics. His expansive career experiences allow him to tailor therapy to the needs of the client, whether it is for crisis intervention or long-term therapy. Ernest is able to help clients achieve their goals and stay on track. In addition to individual and couples counselling, he has debriefed individuals and groups after traumatic incidents and provides psycho-education to the general public, sharing information about mental health. For a list of Ernest's areas of interest, click here.
Outside of the therapeutic session, he volunteers with the community such as the Canadian Red Cross, ASL Society, and the BC Disaster Psychosocial Services. While volunteering, he serves as a Director on the Boards of the Canada Asia Pacific Business Association, the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, and the Existential Analysis Society of Canada, to support growth, change, and awareness of social support and mental health. For more information with regards to Ernest's credentials and training, please visit his LinkedIn page.