Hi, I'm Jacqueline and I'm here to help!

If I were in your shoes looking for a counsellor, I’d want to get to know a bit about what they are like as a person and how they interpret the way the world works. Let me help you fill in the blanks to see if we're a fit.  

Growing up on the east coast surrounded by the roar of the ocean lit a fire in me from a young age.  I’ve always been a no nonsense person with a take no prisoners attitude. When it comes to counselling, that translates to me being the therapist who is here to work diligently alongside you in your journey, and I expect you to work just as hard.

Accountability is very important to me. My clients not only accept accountability but also look for where they can take responsibility. This is a key component to the success of our work together.  Some may call me tough, yet in the same breath I’ve been told they’d also call me fair, loyal, dependable, and fiercely committed to helping you achieve whatever you set out to in your life.

I work primarily under the specialty umbrella of life transitions, not only because I have extensive training in ways to help those going through transitions but also because I have gone through many myself.

I have moved to live in many cities, gone to multiple universities, opened and closed the book on a few friendships and intimate partnerships, worked in countless different jobs, lost many loved ones and pets to death, grieved friends I’ve had to leave or who have moved away from me, gone through medical and physical conditions that have changed my identity as well as the potential future I could have, dealt with suicide attempts of family members, loss of income and housing security… and so with all of these transitions as well as my education I believe I’m well suited for helping others who are going through any type of transition.  

I do believe it is important to know that although we may not have gone through the same thing, it is my belief that the underlying ways in which anyone can learn to cope successfully with transitions share some commonalities. In the 5,000+ hours I’ve spent counselling people, many similarities have popped up. Connection brings about commonalities and although we aren’t the same, I can most likely relate to a lot you are experiencing. I won't fill your shoes the exact same way you do, but I will certainly step into them, work hard to understand your experience, and help you figure out the best way to deal with whatever you are going through.  

My ultimate goal as your counsellor is to make you feel comfortable, to connect and empathize with you. I want you to feel as if you have someone to support you and fight for you.  I want you to feel validated and heard. I want you to grow strong through our work together and to feel as if you can accomplish whatever you set out to.  I like to view myself as a bit of a safety net: if you can envision yourself taking a leap of faith and trusting that I have your best interest at heart, I will commit to be here for you if you should need help through the process.  In learning new skills and trying new ways of overcoming problems we all stumble. It is my belief that how we look at that stumble really matters. I’m a fan of the idea that we take two steps forward and then take one step sideways, never losing our progress just getting off-track occasionally.

Together we can get you back on track and taking fewer side steps.  

My approach to counselling is very constructivist. What that means is that I custom build the way we will work together based on how you view and operate within the world. There isn’t one mold that fits all people and so we will work together to find what works best for you. I pull from a bunch of different therapeutic models to help create our custom plan.

If you are wondering about my educational and experiential background, here is a little information for you. I hold a Masters of Counselling degree and am also a Canadian Certified Counsellor through the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Prior to achieving my Masters and certification, I completed two undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Criminology.

I have also volunteered at many amazing places including The Vancouver Crisis centre, 1-800-suicide, various soup kitchens, cancer fundraising events, rehabilitative horse encounters including Rainbow Riders and Shamrock Equine Counselling Centre, as well as Habitat for Humanity Women Build days.

Through all of my education and volunteer work my primary goal was to learn more about people, get connected with them, help out wherever I could, and solve any problems I am capable of solving.

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Olena
Registered Clinical Counsellor (Associate)

Olena

Registered Clinical Counsellor (Associate)

Olena Guseva is now accepting clients through strong counselling as a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and can be contacted at olena.guseva@strongcounselling.com

I approach therapy through a social justice lens, recognizing the impact of systemic inequalities on mental health. My practice is deeply rooted in valuing equality, empowerment, and intersectionality. I believe in the importance of addressing not just individual struggles, but also the broader social context that influences our lives.

Growing up in Ukraine in the early nineties and then immigrating to Canada, I had to learn to be adaptable. This flexibility and adaptability has followed me to my adult life and became a core personality trait. As a therapist, this translates in my ability to cater my services to each client, to meet people where they are at, and to pivot my approach to better suit your needs.

I intimately understand life transitions. From immigrating from Ukraine to Canada at the age of twelve, to becoming a parent of a neurodivergent child in my thirties, I understand the mixed bag of emotions that facilitate each change. However, I also understand that each life transition experience is unique and as your counsellor I want to know and understand your story.

I strive for a holistic approach to therapy, considering the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit. I aim to create an inclusive space where you can explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences without fear of judgment.

In my practice, I will not try to fix you, as I believe you are not broken. I will not give you advice or assume what is best for you, recognizing that you are the expert in your own life. I will not pretend to know more than you about your situation, but instead, I will stay humble to your experiences and perspectives.

I specialize in working with kids/youth (ages 10-18), parents, adults/children on the autism spectrum, adults/children with ADHD, people with chronic health conditions, folks experiencing life transitions, members of LGBTQIA2S+ communities, and folks with general mental health concerns.

As your therapist, I will give you room to grow at your own pace and support you in figuring out what is best for you. I will collaborate with you on how to make the hard stuff a little bit easier, while offering you guidance and support along the way. Please feel free to reach out for a consultation so that we can determine if we’d be a good fit to work together. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Kate
Intern Counsellor

Kate

Intern Counsellor

Life is a journey, filled with challenges and opportunities for growth. As an intern therapist, I understand that the journey towards healing can be both daunting and rewarding. During sessions, I like to encourage self-reflection which can allow clients to gain a deeper understanding of themselves. After moving from Ireland in 2011, I found that talking to a qualified professional helped me feel validated and supported while settling into a new country, building new relationships and navigating cultural differences.

I am open to any topics you want to talk about including anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, relationship challenges, life transitions, and stress management. I look forward to working with people from diverse backgrounds and supporting clients to be the best version of themselves.

My aim is to meet each client where they are and tailor sessions to their unique needs, fostering a collaborative and empowering experience. I believe it is key that the client feels like they are in control of their therapy journey. I am committed to creating a safe and non-judgmental space where clients can explore their emotions, overcome challenges, and embrace positive change.

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Tracey

Intern Counsellor

I think Leonard Cohen said it best, “There’s a crack, a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets it”. But often when you’re in the middle of a crisis, transition, generally just feeling stuck…it’s hard to see that. It’s hard to imagine that things will get better…that light might make its way in.. and it’s even harder to imagine how that might happen. But it can. With the right support, a space where you can truly be yourself, and a little work, you can start to see the light again and even find your way to a more peaceful, joyful life.

Brilliant 1990s song lyrics aside, I believe that showing up to our time together as my authentic self – sarcasm, laughter, (and even a little swearing) – is the only way to create a real connection with my clients, and that it’s only through a real connection that any progress can happen. I also believe that helping you tap into your authentic self – and then love the heck out of that person – is the most important part of my job.

Mostly because of my own experiences in life, I am passionate about helping people challenged by major transitions, especially at midlife. As the single mother to two (now grown) boys and someone who is risking some later-in-life changes, I honestly believe that it is never too late to figure out who you are meant to be, and I’d be honoured to help. I am also experienced in working with neurodiverse people – specifically ADHD – and people challenged by anxiety and depression.

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A little about Strong Counselling

I started this private practice over 7 years ago and have loved every minute of it.

Some clients I only see for a couple sessions whereas other I've been with for the duration of my practice. This year Strong Counselling was fortunate enough to have been selected for the Consumers Choice award for counselling services in Vancouver, BC.

I was very shocked and humbled to have been chosen to receive this award and greatly appreciate anyone who voted for Strong Counselling to be chosen as the winner. If you’d like to learn a little more about the award please feel free to visit the CCA website.

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