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Our Team

Bernadette

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.

Sparky

Sparky has been an associate therapist at Victoria Counselling and Therapy since its inception in 2019. Sparky provides additional comfort to those attending in person counselling sessions. While Sparky does not have any formal training, he has a lifetime of experience supporting therapeutic encounters. If you have an allergy or discomfort around dogs, please be sure to note this at the time of booking. We will be sure to keep the environment safe.

Bernadette's Accreditations and Registrations

  • Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology

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

  • 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)

  • Former Clinical Committee Member of Obesity Canada Network

  • Certified Craving ChangeTM Facilitator

  • Core Indigenous Cultural Safety with Mental Health Training

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

  • Canadian Advanced Learning in Bariatric Care (CALIBRE Completion June 2023)

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