Mila Skeeles, MACP, CCC

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I grew up in a family where we didn’t talk about our struggles and emotions. From an early age, I learned to keep the difficult things inside and deal with my emotions on my own. In the 1980’s, I took my first university psychology class and realized that I wasn’t the only one who had had this kind of experience. I realized that a lot of people felt the way I did and that so many of us kept our emotions inside. For the first time, I learned how good it felt, and how healing it could be, to have supportive people to reach out to and share struggles with. I found that talking to other people can help to bring our problems into perspective and make them more manageable.

My husband and I married and raised our children while traveling across Canada, the United States, Australia and Peru for over 20 years. During this time, we met people from all walks of life who were of different backgrounds and cultures. I learned that regardless of our background, we all struggle with similar issues. I saw people who struggled with relationships, parents from different countries who all wanted their kids to be safe and happy, and women who needed the support of community to nourish their relationships and find balance in their lives.

In 2005, once back in Nanaimo, I went on my own personal health journey which reinforced the importance to me of being able to communicate openly and honestly with people. My days of travelling taught me the importance of having a close knit community that is warm and understanding to share our struggles with and provide support.

Today, my clients come from all walks of life. Many of them struggle with anxiety and stress, panic, depression, and anger management. I also work with individuals and couples who are having issues in their relationships; women who are experiencing postpartum depression; adult-children who are experiencing the aging of their own parents, chronic illness or grief; and parents who are struggling with the challenges of raising children.

I have a special interest in the challenges that come with aging, balancing work-life issues, and overall health and wellness for the busy adult and senior. My experience as a music teacher also gave me the skills to support others in developing their self-confidence, organizational skills and time management.

I completed my undergraduate degree in psychology in 1988 at UBC. From there, I volunteered for the Northern Arctic Helpline in Yellowknife, the Canadian Cancer Society's peer telephone counselling program, and the Vancouver Island Crisis Society as a crisis counsellor. In 2004, I received my diploma as an Education Assistant and went on to complete my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology degree at Yorkville University in 2016. More recently, I worked at the Ladysmith Resources Centre Association and the Nanaimo Family Life Association as a volunteer counsellor. I am a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), and have completed Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). In addition to having a private practice, I am a counsellor with North Island College where I work with adult students of all ages. 

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Nanaimo BC