My Story, My Background, My Inspirations
“The quality of our relationships determines the quality of our lives.”
- Esther Perel -
I believe we need connection to grow. Connection to ourselves and connection to others.
Here is my story of connection.
After almost a decade of being a stay-at-home mom, I took a position at the Vancouver Suicide Risk and Prevention Centre as a Crisis Counsellor. At this time, I had never heard of counselling. I just knew that I loved to help others. I spent 5 years listening, learning and growing from the individuals in need.
This is where I learned that I could hear and understand the hearts of others. As a Crisis Counsellor, I was approached by many individuals asking if I worked privately and how could they access my services. So I began to explore the world of Counselling, which I knew nothing about.
It was everything I never knew I always wanted to do! I put my unfinished undergrad in biochemistry and microbiology to work in the area of human behaviour and neuroscience. I combined this with my years of being a mother and working in child and youth programs to position myself to help others.
But what is most impactful in my journey, was when I found myself raising my children alone. Working part-time, in school full-time and raising my now-adult children alone was challenging, not to mention the learning challenge that I have in the area of reading comprehension. I knew I needed to be in a position to help others and I was determined to make that happen.
My children have called me a child whisperer for my ability to connect with children so quickly. This includes hearing the voice that is within you, regardless of your age. My role is to connect with you, to help you hear yourself and to be comfortable in doing so.
I learned that a challenge is an opportunity for growth. That facing the things that scare us most can end up being deeply rewarding experiences. If you are looking for a counsellor, then you are seeking change. I have a proven track record of facilitating change in the lives of those I work with.
MY QUALIFICATIONS INCLUDE:
● A Masters degree in Counselling Psychology
● A Bachelors degree in Psychology in Development and Clinical Studies from Simon Fraser University.
● Registered Clinical Counsellor (# 14307) through the BC Assocociation of Clinical Counsellors
● Rapid Transformational Therapy Practitioner
● Certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for Trauma and other mental health issues
● Level 1 - Somatic Experiencing
● Level 1 - Working With the Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma
● Level 1 - Mindfulness-based Somatic Therapy
● Expressive Play Therapy for Complex Trauma
● Parent Child Relationship Therapy
I help individuals that have a desire to make a change in their life. I have formal training in developmental, clinical and counselling psychology, and further training in trauma, stress and child therapies. I take a bio/psycho/social approach to my work which means that I view individual challenges as a combination of biological, psychological and social influences. I work with individuals seeking change by providing clarity and healing through empowerment and understanding.
I honor the resilience in each client and work towards healing and growth within the space of a therapeutic relationship. This alliance includes trust, honesty, and compassion.
My aim is to return your call or email within 24 hours during the weekdays or as soon as possible otherwise. I look forward to hearing about your journey so far and help you figure out your next best steps.
Brandys Evans, MA, RCC