Ashley Wan, RCC
I believe that happiness and thriving depends upon the quality of the relationships we have with ourselves (our bodies, minds/intellects, emotions, and spirits/souls), with others, and with the systems in which we live, work, and interact with.
I provide a compassionate and supportive space where you and your story can be heard and received without judgment, and where we can explore these relationships and the areas where you desire to see change.
Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology
University of Victoria, Canada
Bachelor of Science in Food, Nutrition, and Health
University of British Columbia, Canada
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor, and a member in good standing of the British Colombia Association of Clinical Counsellors.
I have additional training in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP, Level 1).
I have completed graduate courses on major world religions and indigenous spirituality and healing at post-secondary institutions including the University of Victoria.
My Therapeutic Approach
My approach to therapy is client-centred and collaborative, relational and trauma-informed.
- Client-centred and collaborative means that I’ll let you take the lead on what to focus on in each session, and that we’ll work together to approach and generate change in a way that works for you.
- Relational means that for me, the quality of our therapeutic relationship is of the highest priority. It also means that in exploring what you bring to therapy, our relationship may be used as one means (among many) to gain more insight and experience.
- Trauma-informed means that I’ll create a comfortable and contained environment to gently hold whatever comes up during session, and that I’ll support you to recognize and build upon your strengths and to grow in resilience.
My therapeutic style is predominantly influenced by interpersonal, Gestalt, attachment, psychodynamic, and existential theories. Depending on what arises during therapy, I may incorporate tools and interventions from mindfulness-based approaches, acceptance and commitment therapy, internal family systems, cognitive-behavioural therapy, emotion-focused therapy, positive psychology, solution-focused therapy, and narrative therapy.
My Areas of Focus
My professional experience and interests have centred primarily on the following areas:
- Grieving over loss (of a friend, acquaintance, significant other, parent, pet, a failed dream or passion, of spirituality/religion/faith, other). Read my article Grieving the Loss of a Loved One during a Pandemic.
- Clarifying identity (including values, passion, meaning/purpose, exploration of gender and sexual orientation, religion/spirituality, other)
- Working through relationship concerns, strain, conflict, and communication (for example, between partners or siblings, between parents and adult children)
- End of life concerns
- Relational Trauma
- Forgiving others and/or self
- Stress and overwhelm
- Anxiety and depression
- Strengthening self-confidence, acceptance, compassion, and awareness
- Processing through a major life transition
- Existential concerns
- Spirituality/religion-related (for example, spiritual/faith crisis or disillusionment)
I am currently accepting adult clients for short-term, medium-term, and long-term individual, remote/virtual counselling.
Book a 30-minute free consultation with Ashley Wan today.