Counselling

 

Workshops

 

First Responders

 

Counselling

I work with individuals and families.

I will hold a safe and non-judgmental space for you to bring your questions, your worries, your fears, your hopes and your dreams. There, we will work together to move toward growth and awareness. We will do this by remaining curious and open, and asking dynamic and thoughtful questions.

I have worked with:

  • Families experiencing challenges and struggles
  • Children who have experienced abuse
  • Children with problem sexual behaviour
  • Grief and Loss
  • Friendship issues
  • Stress
  • Suicide Ideation
  • Assertiveness

Approaches that I have studied and use in my work:

  • Body-oriented
  • Trauma-Informed
  • Attachment based
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Mindfulness

 

A large part of my work involves working with children, adults and families to increase social and emotional skills.

These are the skills that we all need to be able to get along with others.

In addition to building these skills with children and adults in session, I support parents in helping their children develop social and emotional skills at home. In my workshops and in counselling sessions, I share practices that you take home to do with your family to encourage these social and emotional skills.

Social and Emotional Skills include:

  • Empathy
  • Perspective taking
  • Self-awareness
  • Emotional literacy
  • Social Awareness

For more information on social and emotional skills, please go to casel.org

Notice:

As of January 1, 2021, my fees will be increasing to $145 per 50 minute individual session and $165 per 50 minute family session. These fees are within the recommended fee range set out by the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors.

Counselling & Workshop Fees

Counselling

 

Individual  $120/50 mins

Families     $130/50 mins

Workshop Fees

 

Compassionate Kids – $30

How to Support Your Anxious Child At Home – $80 

Family Focus – $30

Workshops

I offer three regular workshops: Parent Well-Being, Compassionate Kids and Family Focus. I also facilitate additional workshops on different topics. In all of them, we explore theory and science and you will leave with a list of excellent resources and tools you can put to use right away.

What People are Saying:

“Suzanne’s workshops are so informative, balanced and useful! If you are looking for help with parenting or counselling, I highly recommend her – she is thoughtful, compassionate and understanding. She uses practical and helpful resources to get you started.”

 

Jennie T.

“Thank you so much for facilitating the session today. I got a lot out of it and actually began applying it as soon as I got home.”

 

Angela L.

“Whether you see her individually or attend one of her workshops, you will benefit from Suzanne’s wisdom. She connects easily with her clients and provides guidance intuitively and compassionately. She provides a safe and non-judgmental space to explore parenting and other personal issues. I highly recommend Suzanne!”

Sue P.

Suzanne was able to tailor the workshop to the needs of our participants which included teachers, ECE’s and parents. From the first e-mail, Suzanne was friendly, prompt and respectful.

The 30 participants who participated had this to say: “Great team work initiatives;” “I must remember that I am of more value to the children if I am in Balance;” “Loved ‘What is the Weather Inside’;” “Met and surpassed expectations”.

Suzanne was very open to adjusting her plans to accommodate participant questions or concerns. She was down to earth, yet showed incredible knowledge and wisdom. She brought us tools to use and resources to look into. This is a workshop that we could highly recommend.

 

Supporting Social and Emotional Skills in Children: It Starts With Self, Qualicum Beach, BC

Workshop One

Parent Well-Being

  • What does it mean to parent with compassion?
  • What does it mean to be compassionate towards ourselves?
  • Why is it important?
  • How do you stay calm in times of stress?

In the  Parent Well-Being workshop, we will explore aspects of compassion – what it is and why it is important for ourselves and our children. We will look at the role of stress – how it impacts our ability to parent with compassion and ways to stay calm in the middle of stress.

No Parent Well-Being workshop is currently scheduled.

Workshop Two

Compassionate Kids: Teaching Social and Emotional Skills at Home

  • What are social and emotional skills?
  • Can we increase our children’s (and our own) positive mental health?
  • How does stress impact our ability to connect with our family?

This workshop digs into these questions and gives you activities you can do with your family to build caring and compassion at home.

 

Next Compassionate Kids workshop will be November 25th from 7-8pm. It is a free, online workshop.

Workshop Three

Family Focus

  • What values does your family hold?
  • How do you communicate those values to your children?
  • What is the culture of your family?
  • How can you create a Family Charter?

In the Family Focus workshop, we will explore the story of your family – what it is, what you would like it to be, and how to change it. You will leave with practical ideas for connecting with your family and bringing your children into the conversation.

 

No Family Focus workshop is currently scheduled.

In addition to my regular workshops that I offer in North Vancouver, I enjoy being invited to facilitate workshops for groups, organizations or schools.

Here are some of the workshops I have presented previously:

2020

Aspire Naturopathic Health Center, North Vancouver – Raising Resilient Kids

Aspire Naturopathic Health Centre, North Vancouver – Taking Care of Ourselves in Times of Change and Uncertainty

École Laura Secord Elementary, Vancouver – Growth Mindset

2019

Local parent group, Vancouver – How to Support Your Child Starting Kindergarten

BCACC Wired Together; Self, Science, Society Conference – Heartmapping for Well-Being Lightening Talk

2018

Seymour Heights Play-Based Programs, North Vancouver – Compassionate Parents, Compassionate Kids

PacificCARE Family Enrichment Society, Qualicum Beach – Supporting Social and Emotional Needs in Children: It Starts with Self

Heart-Mind 2018, The Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education, Langley – Compassionate Parents, Compassionate Kids

BCACC Skills for Mindful Living Series, West Vancouver – Supporting Social and Emotional Needs in Children: It Starts with Self

 

First Responders

I work with first responders and their families to help them find balance and wellness.

Help for First Responders

I work with first responders and their families to help them find balance and wellness. I have taken the Occupational Awareness Training for Therapists program and have been endorsed by the BC Provincial Fire Fighters Association.

I will review with you the brain science of a stress response and encourage you to rediscover heathy ways to manage stress. I can help you develop a plan to maintain your mental fitness so that you can focus on your family and work and keep doing what you love.

Get the Becoming a Truly Compassionate Parent Workbook

Download your free guide and workbook to learn what it means to be a truly compassionate parent. Use the workbook prompts and reflection questions to identify how you can apply this to your life and unique circumstances.

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