Counselling Services

Therapy is a journey of self-discovery.

Do you ever feel like your life is fine, yet you feel stressed, stretched or out of touch somehow? Who would you be if you didn’t feel this way?

Transforming your sense of self-worth requires inner work. It's not always easy to reveal ourselves. But, therapy can bring our unhelpful patterns to light, help us close repetitive mind loops and interrupt patterns of inner criticism and self-doubt in order to solve real-life problems and increase self-confidence.

I teach people to work with their body wisdom to find answers to real issues. My clients are often thoughtful, but they often feel burned-out or out-of-touch when it comes to work, love, relationships or being a friend to themselves.

I see therapy as soul care. Together we’ll move toward more strength, resilience and even expanding your sense of self. Learning to be in a relationship with your inner world allows you to be more present in your life and in this moment...and that gives you freedom and choice.

The sessions may look different from a traditional talk therapy session because I will invite your awareness toward the inner "felt" sense beneath the words to help deepen the process of inner exploration and self-understanding.

 I love the mystery of the human psyche. I draw on multiple theoretical orientations, tailoring my approach to your unique needs. Focusing is a tool that I can teach you that helps me to put everything I know to the side and listen closely with a caring attitude. If you'd like to try it, it's a somatic tool for making direct, experiential contact with what is happening right now, just below the surface. I've noticed that it can help people identify past and present experience inhibiting expression of wholeness. There is nothing you need to know or figure out. I can help guide you into your body wisdom which will tell us the most accurate information about what's really going on and what's actually needed.

Therapy is not only for those who are suffering from the aftermath of traumatic events. Most people benefit from having a safe space to feel genuine acceptance and connection while identifying feelings, values, wants and needs.

You may not even identify as having trauma, and yet you've hidden parts of yourself to be accepted, went along with things that just didn't feel right to you, felt chronically guilty or embarassed easily, or you compulsively minimize your own inner going-ons and put work or other people's needs first. You may find it difficult to let go of other people's feelings at the end of the day!

I believe that the past continues playing into the future if certain thoughts, beliefs and behaviours remain unacknowledged, and it’s in the now that we can explore these lesser-known parts of our experience, centre ourselves in our resilience, and find a greater sense of empowerment to carry into our lives.

As you are ready, the past will show itself in your awareness to be healed, but we don’t need to dig up every detail of the past. "Felt-shifts" often bring healing to other related memories that hold a similar charge.

Many of my clients are struggling with:

  • body image issues
  • establishing boundaries
  • people-pleasing
  • co-dependence
  • low self-worth
  • burn-out or lack of fulfillment
  • love, sex or relationships
  • integration following non-ordinary states

I do not specialize in Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD), Borderline Personality Disorder or Narcissistic Personality Disorder. A Registered Psychologist may be the best fit for you if you believe you may have a personality disorder.

Having the support of a trained therapist to help us process our experience allows us to begin to liberate ourselves from self-judgment, harmful criticism, shame and blame.

Arriving at a new level of self-acceptance through this process, our natural gifts have more room to reveal themselves, weave into our lives and inspire us forward.

This work can help you to:

  • make clear decisions
  • shift towards more creative energy in your life
  • get in touch with a sense of meaning and fulfillment

Angela + Carmen | November, 2021

ANGELA CARUK, MA, RCC

My job is to help you get to know yourself better. Through this increased awareness, you will learn more about the deeper roots of your feeling, memory and belief and develop a deeper relationship with your inner world. In light of feelings seen and understood, you may find that you become more resilient in the face of life’s many challenges.

 

Rates

Individual counselling 60 minute session:
$170 per session (+ tax)

Longer sessions are also available and can be particularly helpful for couples sessions.

I offer compassionate fees based on need, however, my capacity for sliding scale is currently full. CLICK HERE to waitlist for compassionate fees.

Payment is due by the end of the session by etransfer, credit card, cash or paypal. If I have not received payment by the end of session, I will charge the card on file. A credit card is always kept on file for the case of a no-show/late cancel.

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Coverage

Counselling fees are not currently covered under the BC Medical Services Plan, however, many extended health plans do include counselling coverage.

Please call your insurer and ask whether they cover a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC). My registration is #6724.

If you find that RCC visits are not covered under your plan, you may want to contact your insurance company directly to request an exception to the plan’s coverage. This link is to a letter that will help (though you'll want to edit it with up-to-date fees):

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Angela + Carmen | November, 2021

 

I am a Mindfulness-based Somatic Psychotherapist passionate about Dreams, Boundaries, Pleasure, Self-Compassion, Embodied Wisdom, Relationships, Women’s Work & Creativity. I love to help people move from stuck to unstuck. I work in private practice with my associate, Carmen.