About Victoria Counselling and Therapy

Victoria Counselling and Therapy is host to our trained and licensed counsellor, Bernadette van der Boom-Bebb. Her practice focuses on supporting individuals on their journey to wellness.

Bernadette's goal is to provide sufficient support, tools, self-reflection, and scaffolding to empower clients to a level that relegates requirements for her counselling services to maintenance and refreshers. With this approach the length of therapy depends much on the client. Bernadette offers short term counselling, long term counselling, and refreshers or booster sessions as needed.

Bernadette uses an integrated approach borrowing from several different theoretical orientations to create a treatment plan that is unique and tailored to each client. Her favoured approaches include mindfulness, positive psychology, solution-focused treatment, and identification of cognitive distortions. Bernadette's methods use a multi-pronged approach including the  biological, psychological, and social domains. A spiritual aspect is also included for those clients who wish to include this domain.

Bernadette combines her life experiences, biochemistry knowledge, psychological education, and humour (when appropriate) to provide empathic, non-judgemental, culturally sensitive support for her clients.

Bernadette's Accreditations and Registrations

  • Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology - Yorkville University

  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry/Microbiology with a minor in Chemistry - University of Victoria

  • Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) - Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)

  • Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) - British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC)

  • Board Certified Bariatric Counsellor (CBC) - American Association of Bariatric Counsellors (AABC)

  • Registered Psychotherapist - College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)

  • Clinical Committee Member of Obesity Canada Network

  • Certified Craving ChangeTM Facilitator

  • Completed Core Indigenous Cultural Safety with Mental Health Training

  • Diploma in Counselling for Obesity Management (Completion Date April 2023)


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