Get to know Ernest before you meet him for therapy
- Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellor (BCACC)
- Canadian Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
Education In A Nutshell:
- Masters in Counselling Psychology from the Adler University
- Double Major in Psychology and English from the University of BC
- Community Counselling and Substance Abuse Counselling Certification from the Vancouver Community College
Additional Certification Training:
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
- Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)
- Basic Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Level 2 Observed Experiential Integration (OEI)
- Clinical Hypnotherapy
- Currently completing Existential Analysis (EA)
How would you describe your learning journey or counselling work in two sentences?
The learning journey never ends or slows down but it requires dedication and passion in order to keep learning. In terms of counselling work, it is rewarding and humbling because I get to witness a snapshot of someone’s darkest hour in life and then the same time watch them blossom into something that really resonates with them.
What population do you work with and why?
People always inquire what my "niche" is, but I have found that as a generalist, I work with a wide variety of presenting issues, and enjoy applying my skills, knowledge, and theoretical orientation to the diverse challenges I encounter in my practice.
How do you work?
Typically, I employ an existential-humanistic approach to therapy, guiding the client to the core of the issue rather than symptom management. Depending on the presenting concern and the client's comfort, I may use other techniques such as Solution-Focused Therapy, Hypnotherapy, EMDR, OEI, or CBT and Mindfulness.
What has been your proudest moment so far in your work?
The proudest moment in my career so far was to go with my gut instincts to not give up on a client when many others would have chosen to institutionalize them. That moment made me realize that my clinical judgment could change someone’s life experiences. I believe my attunement to the client helps me to take a risk to be patient and stick it out with my client when others would have chosen to commit. Eventually, we did use emergency services but through this journey, we developed a long-lasting therapeutic alliance, which really helped with building trust and implementing change.
What is the one thing you can’t live without as a counsellor?
As a bonus answer, mentors and insightful colleagues. I can’t imagine myself being a clinician without the support of people I’ve met on this journey. I feel that these individuals always guide me in the right direction even if they didn’t give a direct answer to my inquiries because there are no straight answers.
Curious to know more?
Please visit my website at www.willfulminds.ca
Details of my training and background can be found on my LinkedIn page.
Ernest Chen ReachesVancouver BCKitsilano BC