- Are you feeling stuck in your life, wanting more but feeling somehow cut off from some of the best parts of you?
- Maybe you want back an important relationship with your son, daughter, mother, father, spouse, best friend...
- Family issues. Retirement. Health changes. Family illness - mental, physical chronic, acute. Grieving. Sometimes the loss is obvious to others (death of a loved one, cancer diagnosis, recent catastrophic accident...); sometimes the loss is profound but unacknowledged or unknown to others (mate or child's chronic illness; chronic pain; infertility; loss of purpose, status and identity with job loss or retirement; death of a pet; theft of a significant object). Whatever the trigger, you find yourself wondering What will the future bring, and how will I cope?
- Anxiety and Depression. They've dogged you your whole life, and been getting in the way. You've read the books, tried the exercises, but it's still there.
You believe life should be better. It can.
If any of these questions resonate for you, I invite you to call and set up an appointment today. Together, we can move mountains.
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Certified Adlerian Counsellor, fluent in English and French. I will take the time to listen and deeply hear your story. Together, we will use evidence-based strategies to bring back purpose and joy into your life.
- Women's health;
- Men's health;
- Family relationships;
- Career and life transitions, especially in mid and later life;
- Grief and loss;
- Counselling for individuals, couples, families and groups;
- Wheelchair accessible.
I came to counselling after a full and rich career as a French Immersion teacher of Social Studies and Learning Assistance. Though I don't love challenge for its own sake, I have sought transformation through learning (degrees from UBC, Simon Fraser University, the Adler School of Professional Psychology; courses in France, Tahiti, and elsewhere) and by embracing life. Every few years, I added a new skill that I found difficult: using technology and tools, voice lessons, singing in a challenging choir, motorcycle riding, scuba diving, underwater photography, and now painting. My family has taught me so much about health, resilience and hope, as well as physical disability, dementia, depression, anxiety, and learning differences. Close friends also opened my eyes to LGBTQ (especially trans) issues. Others friends showed me the meaning of courage and resilience as they continue to live well with schizophrenia, bi-polar and borderline personality disorders.
Born in 1962, I don't think I'll ever stop learning. But these days, I am most interested in learning by listening...
Core Values in Counselling:
- Listen well, to the heart, mind, body and spirit;
- Acknowledge my client; (What is their "best self" that they want to bring forward; what is their experience, what are their strengths, frustrations, and goals?)
- Be kind and humble. I will do my best, and I will make mistakes too. Together we figure things out.
- Know the power of hope and personal growth.
- Healing comes as the client feels safe and supported enough to explore beliefs and experiences. The client must bring courage and intention, I bring guidance and a second set of ears for patterns that emerge in client stories. For the client, the act of noticing previously half-conscious patterns, and choosing new, bigger "stories" can bring change. Therapy is one route for a person to become more than they might have been.
Rosalyn Best ReachesEast Vancouver BCVancouver BC