Vanessa Luis

she/her/hers
Certified Canadian Counsellor

I am grateful to be able to conduct work and be located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the traditional unceded territories of the Liǧʷiłdax̌ʷ, Coast Salish, K’ómoks, We Wai Kum, We Wai Kai, and Homalco peoples.

Experienced Counsellor

Curiosity about the human experience is what motivates my work as a therapist, and I see healing as a creative and nonlinear process that happens through deepening one’s awareness of their lived experience. No matter what you’ve been through or are actively going through, we can make space together to slow down, connect, process, and build self-compassion and curiosity. My hope is that you can cultivate meaning and grow stronger in your relationship with yourself, others, and the world around you.

My approach is integrative, client-centred, anti-oppressive, and trauma-informed. My practice is heavily informed by systems thinking, intersectional feminism, and attachment theory. I am sensitive to your cultural and/or marginalized identities and the added complexity this may contribute to your lived experiences. I am open to your preference to integrate the exploration of these identities into the counselling process.

I am a warm and bubbly individual and despite this, am always ready to dive in to talk about the difficult things that we go through as human beings. I am here to hold hope for those who feel they have lost it, and bring uplifting energy into moments of triumph.
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Therapeutic Approaches: Humanistic, Existential, Internal Family Systems, Psychodynamic, Experiential, Emotion Focused Therapy, Gottman, Mindfulness/Somatic, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Degrees: BA in Psychology, MA in Counselling and Spirituality

Additional Training: Complex Trauma, Trauma Therapy: Identifying Diverse Needs, Polyvagal Theory, Working Online with Couples Using EFT, Internal Family Systems (IFS) Intensive Course, Indigenous Cultural Training