Julia Somody, M.A., R. Psych (#2325)

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  • Registered Psychologist
  • 410-943 West Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Z 4E1
  • Phone: 604-409-8048
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  • Session Fees: Sessions are available weekdays and some evenings. 50-minute individual sessions are offered at a fee of $200. Many benefits plans provide coverage for sessions with a psychologist. A receipt with my CPBC registration number is issued for each session.
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I am passionate about helping others free their spirits and realize their potential. I am a non-judgmental, compassionate therapist who provides assistance with a variety of issues, including anxiety and stress management, disordered eating, grief, depression, and interpersonal relationships. I have a particular interest in working with clients on developing resiliency and self-compassion through work and life transitions.
I began my working life in the financial sector, working for years in investments, change management, reorganization, project management, training, implementation, and business analysis. It was while working in the corporate world that I discovered my passion for helping people create meaningful lives for themselves, both personally and professionally. In my therapy and coaching practice, I now draw on both my experience in psychology and my past in business to help clients overcome hurdles and become their best selves.

Professional Experience
I am a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia (#2325). I obtained my Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Literature and Psychology from the University of British Columbia and received my Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology from McGill University, with additional training in Multicultural Counselling, Family Therapy, and Conflict Resolution. I have over a decade of experience working in a variety of environments including university counselling services, workplace mediation and change management, corporate training and consulting, career and vocational counselling, conflict resolution, crisis counselling, psycho-educational and career exploration workshop facilitation, and psychometric assessment administration and interpretation. I am also a Certified Yoga Instructor and teach yoga classes for anxiety and depression, as well as workshops in mindfulness and mediation.
In addition to my counselling and psychological experience, I have been a presenter and workshop facilitator on topics related to leadership, resiliency, and mindfulness at the Canadian Psychological Association annual conference, the Canadian Bar Association of Nova Scotia, and for 21inc and Venture for Canada leadership programs. I was also selected as one of the Top 50 Leaders in Atlantic Canada for the 2015 21inc Leadership Summit. Additionally, I was invited to work with Immigrant Services of Nova Scotia as a psychologist specializing in providing services to newly landed immigrants and refugees.

How I work
Many people ask what "type" of therapist I am or what "style" of therapy and coaching I do. I see my office as a place where individuals can be honest, open, and free to talk about their life stories: who they are, where they have been, what they have experienced, and where they would like to go in life. I am integrative in my approach and draw from many different therapeutic modalities, including humanistic, dynamic, existential, and feminist orientations. What this means to me as a practitioner is that I believe that we all have the inner resources needed to change in our lives - it is sometimes difficult to work through some of the mess of life alone. In my work, I provide support and a safe, comfortable space to move through the noise that gets in the way of our dreams and goals. At times, we might get hindered by our past, so I will often explore your personal history both as a way to get to know you better and help sort out if something from your past is keeping you stuck. I am also a firm believer in strength in numbers and see therapy as a place where we can journey down your path together, both joint explorers of your life goals and dreams. In our sessions together, I believe that we help plant the seeds for change that occurs in your life. Ultimately, in my work, I want to help my clients pursue meaningful, joy-filled lives. I want to create opportunities for individuals to identify and practice their personal and professional truths and develop tools to cope when life feels stressful or overwhelming.  

Julia Somody Reaches

Kitsilano BC