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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?

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 to solve real-life problems and increase self-confidence.

My clients are often thoughtful, maybe even perfectionistic, but they often feel  burned out or out of touch when it comes to work, love, relationships or making big decisions.

I teach people to work with their body wisdom to find answers to real issues. Working with a somatic-based therapist is about learning to be in relationship with your inner world, which allows you to be more present in your life. It may involve discovering your strength and resilience and even expanding your sense of self.

The sessions may not look so different from a traditional talk therapy session, but I will invite your awareness toward the *felt-sense beneath the words to help deepen the process of inner exploration and self-understanding.

*Felt-sense is the term that Eugene Gendlin who coined the term to describe "the raw, direct experiencing of the body's feeling of a situation or memory before being clarified with words".

Therapy is not only for those who are suffering from a major trauma. Most people benefit from having a safe space to feel genuine acceptance and connection while stepping into their truth.

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, or you continue to minimize your own inner going-ons and put work or others people's needs first.

It’s the patterns showing up today in your psyche and soma that tell us what still needs tending. Often, 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. The moments where you feel a "felt-shift" around an unresolved remembrance will bring healing to other moments that have held a similar charge.

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

Many of my clients are struggling with or have struggled with:

  • body image issues, eating disorders or disordered eating
  • boundaries
  • people-pleasing
  • co-dependence 
  • low self-worth
  • entering pregnancy or parenthood
  • relationship questions, losses or endings
  • inflation or deflation, often associated with non-ordinary states or romantic love

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

Arriving at a new level of self-acceptance through this process, our 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 creative energy
  • get in touch with your sense of life purpose

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ANGELA CARUK, MA, RCC

My job is to help you identify what lies between you and your bodies natural wisdom. 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. As a result, you may find that you become more resilient in the face of life’s many challenges.

 

Rates

Individual counselling 60 minute session:
$140 per session (includes the tax).

Couples counselling 60 minute:
$160 per session (includes the tax).

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

I offer a sliding scale for those who could only access therapy with this assistance, however, my capacity for sliding scale clients is full at this time - feel free to get in touch and ask me as I could put you on a waitlist for sliding scale.

Payment is due by the beginning of the session by etransfer, credit card or PayPal.

You do not require a referral to see me.

Please contact to discuss costs for group supervision.

 

COVERAGE

Unfortunately, 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 you write yours:

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I no longer support EAP's as they tend to offer clients a very minimal number of sessions which is not fair to those who want to do real work and creates a risk of people opening up more than they have time to process.

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I am a Mindfulness-based Somatic Psychotherapist working in Private Practice. I am passionate about Dreams, Boundaries, Pleasure, Self-Compassion, Embodied Wisdom, Relationships, Women’s Work & Creativity.

Feel free to reach out for a 15 minute inquiry session!