Are you struggling and wanting to overcome challenges in your life and build a better life?
Are you struggling with self-harm, substance use, unhealthy eating habits, or other patterns that are interfering with the life you want to live?
Do you want more than you are getting from life right now?
Life can be hard whether it is dealing with past trauma that’s impacting the present, dealing with health issues, grieving a loss or other struggles.
I am Leona Westra, a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), and I wish to be part of the process of you building a better life. I meet you where you are. I work by recognizing your personality, experiences, values, culture, and environment that have made you who you are. I believe that is essential that your healing path respects the core of who you are. I focus on encouraging you through your doubts and validating your emotions and experiences and through helping you understand that you are not what happened to you. You can rise above your past experiences and find a more manageable path for your current challenges. We will work together on the goals you want to work on.
You are the expert of your own life. You know your experiences, what is important to you. I will listen to the voices of your identity (personal and cultural background, life goals, spirituality, personality, values, etc.) and work with you to figure out how to best achieve the goals you are bringing to therapy.
I work through validating your experiences through psychoeducation and helping you gain skills to help you deal with the struggles you are facing. If trauma is getting in the way, I can use EMDR to help you process the trauma so that you are not so sensitive to the effects of your past experiences.
Please reach out if you feel that my approach to counselling could benefit you.
Booking page: https://portal.owlpractice.ca/ca_leonawestra/booking
I am a service provider with ICBC and FNHA and have a sliding scale for clients who cannot afford my full counselling rate. Those rates can be discussed in a free 15-minute consultation or through email.