Trauma Counselling Program
- Support Our Program
April 11-17, 2021 marks the Prevention of Violence Against Women Week in B.C.
Since 1995, one week in April has been dedicated to this cause to express commitment to prevent, reduce and raise awareness about violence against women in our communities.
Crisis calls to Sources Trauma Counselling Program have risen by 36% since last year. Donate now to ensure there is always space and resources for people who have experienced trauma, abuse and/or violence. Your gift will help these individuals to receive prompt, professional and compassionate counselling.
As part of our efforts to fight COVID-19 and maintain the health, safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers, clients and community, we will be moving to telephone and videoconferencing counselling sessions for the trauma counselling fee for service and Stopping the Violence program. New referrals may access the service in this way as well.
We will maintain counsellor coverage five days per week (M-F) at Women’s Place for crisis situations (fleeing imminent interpersonal violence, safety and security of women and children).
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Learn more about SOURCES’ response here.
Sources trauma counselling offers a wide variety of counselling modalities (EMDR, DBT, CBT, OEI, Somatic Experiencing, etc.) . We have a team of counsellors who are registered clinical counsellors with a master’s degree in counselling and psychology. We serve men, women and youth living on their own. Counselling can be covered by extended benefits, CVAP, ICBC and other specialized funding programs.
We offer counselling (individual and group) for:
• Historical trauma
• Interpersonal violence
• Sexual assault
• LGBTQ2+ issues
• Anxiety and depression
Our experienced trauma counsellors provide individual and group counselling for those who identify as women including CIS, trans, two-spirit and non-binary who have experienced sexual assault, childhood trauma, and/or intimate partner abuse.
On our trauma counselling team, we are fortunate to have a group of therapists with a wide variety of skills, training, and personalities. We have, in common, that we all rely on the latest trauma research which clearly shows us that we don’t need to dig up the past in order to live a better life. Instead, we focus on how you’ve coped so far and provide strategies and resources to help you live more fully. We work collaboratively to instill new skills and resources that help our clients cope and develop new strategies for the future. Our past clients breathe more deeply and are pleased to find that they have more control over their lives. We want that for you, too! Are you ready for something new?
We strive to prevent and treat the negative impact of violence on women and children in our community. Women who have experienced violence have the opportunity to heal from their wounds in a safe, non-oppressive environment. Counselling combines the most up-to-date trauma treatment practices with the principles of intersectional theory and practices. We offer counselling in three distinct formats; short term crisis counselling, mid-term trauma counselling and group counselling. We also do community presentations and outreach if you or your organization wishes to learn more about trauma informed approaches.
If the counselling fee creates a financial hardship for you, please let us know and we can make alternative arrangements. Payment can be made using Visa, Mastercard, cash or electronic fund transfer.
Short-Term Crisis Counselling
Women who have experienced a physical assault by an intimate partner or a sexual assault within the past six months are eligible for up to eight sessions of immediate crisis counselling. We emphasize your safety and emotional stability through solution-focused counselling and emotional support.
Impacted individuals may experience extended periods of depression, anxiety/panic, low self-esteem and relational difficulties related to traumatic stress. We provide mid-term one-to-one counselling for those who need more support to recover from the effects of traumatic stress, depression and anxiety.
We strongly encourage you to participate in our groups. Groups help to lessen feelings of shame and isolation. They also help build positive connections and relationships. Women report that the group experience is an especially self-empowering one. Check out our current and upcoming groups online! A nominal fee is required to participate.
This program receives funding from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.
- Meet Our Counsellors
Alana Alexandra Audrey Alana McLeod an expressive arts and trauma therapist currently residing and practicing in Vancouver, B.C. She has a diploma in expressive arts therapy from The CREATE Institute in Toronto, Ontario and a Master’s degree in Expressive Arts Therapy, with a minor in psychology from The European Graduate School in Sass- Fee, Switzerland. She has also completed Level 1 and is currently studying level 2 of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy from the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. She is committed to expanding her range of skills and has taken a variety of additional training in gender issues within the 2SLGBTQQIA communities, shame, human trafficking, trauma, addiction, grief & bereavement, suicide as well as the arts and Indigenous ways of knowing and being in relation to healing.
She is particularly interested in empowerment through different ways of storytelling, through body movement, visual art, writing, music and voice work. She is also concerned with the impacts our socioeconomic and environmental positions have including impacts of colonization and other oppressive forces.
Among her therapy qualifications Alana is coming from a long line of strong women living on the Canadian Shield of Northern Ontario. She a textile artist, stilt-walker and devoted cat mom.
Alexandra Collins is a Certified Clinical Counsellor with the CCPA and is currently living in Langley. She has a master’s in counselling psychology from Trinity Western, a Specialized Honours Degree in Psychology from York University alongside a mediation certificate, and a diploma in social work from George Brown College. Alexandra has received training in several areas related to counselling including Observed Experiential Integration (O.E.I), Life Span Integration, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Existential Analysis, and Sandtray therapy. She has a special interest in further developing her skills in areas such as trauma, shame, self-esteem, attachment, child development and multiculturalism.
Alongside her therapeutic qualifications Alexandra has developed experiences in other areas such as journalism, market managing, logistic management, hospitality, customs, medical transfer, and motorcycle instruction.
Alexandra was born and raised near Toronto, Ontario and has recently started exploring the beauty B.C has to offer through hiking. You can locate Alexandra easily in the office by listening for laughter coming from a closed office door, or the bright colours often found in her hair.
I provide individual counselling using an attachment focussed and trauma-informed approach. Outside of my extensive education, I have trained in several different therapeutic modalities oriented towards emotional processing, attachment and communication in relationships, integration of trauma, identity development and domestic violence issues. Some of these trainings include EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Mindfulness and Trauma Informed Yoga practices. I draw from all of these approaches to meet the unique needs of my clients. I am a mental health service provider for First Nations Health Authority, Health Benefits Program as well as the Crime Victims Assistance program.
Sometimes, life experiences can be overwhelming and leave us feeling disconnected and stuck. If this is you, counselling can help! Together, we can begin a journey of self-exploration, healing and discovery. My hope for you is to discover a new way of relating to and experiencing yourself and others.
Outside of work, I enjoy being mum to my three children, including an adorable, non-human 9-year old. On weekends, you will mostly find me snuggled in bed reading a good book, gardening, baking or out exploring the hills of beautiful British Columbia.
Charlotte Helen Margaret Charlotte is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BCAAC and holds a master’s degree in counselling psychology from the University of Calgary. She is the lead trauma counsellor for the Trauma Counselling Program with Sources Community Resources housed at Women’s Place. Charlotte specializes in Trauma and all its by-products. Charlotte is trained in EMDR, DBT, CBT, and IFS. Helen Mooney is a Registered Social Worker with a Masters of Social Work, clinical specialization and a Bachelors degree in Social Work, both from the University of Calgary. She has experience working in mental health as well as a background working with adults and older adults including the RCMP and military population. She enjoys working with individuals with a range of issues and concerns. She places great value on the thereapic relationship, working collaboratively to provide a safe, nonjudgmental space for healing and growth. Helen’s goal in counseling is to provide a space in which her clients feel accepted, valued and empowered to work through their presenting difficulty. Helen’s practice is guided by a trauma informed approach and she utilizes a variety of techniques including working with the nervous system as well as drawing on other therapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Schema Therapy, Mindfulness, Somatic Experience and numerous others. Margaret Shiels is a registered clinical counsellor with the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors. She works from client-centred, trauma-informed, and intersectional feminist perspectives while drawing on techniques from a variety of therapies, such as narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy, and cognitive behavioural therapy. She tailors her approach to each individual’s needs and provides a safe and welcoming space to explore the struggles they are facing and develop new coping skills. Her work goes beyond the counselling office by advocating in the community to reduce the barriers many face to living healthy meaningful lives. Michelle Michelle joined our trauma counselling team in October 2019 and deeply enjoys the authenticity of the clients. As a feminist, she empowers all her clients to understand that nothing is wrong with them. Their bodies and brains are functioning exactly the way they were designed to function given their experiences, even though it can be terribly difficult to live with.
You might ask, “. . . but isn’t it hard to be a trauma counsellor, listening to awful stories all day?” Actually, trauma counsellors rarely talk about the awful things that have happened. There are much more effective ways to work on trauma that are easier on everyone. As for the difficult bits, Michelle climbs. She finds that there is just something about hanging onto rock up above the rope that magically wipes everything clean!
Previously, Michelle was an ESL teacher for over a decade. She conducted research and lived overseas. At Sources, these skills are a perfect combination for clients who have immigrated to Canada! Recently, Michelle was able to guess the name of the university in Asia that a client was referring to just by the description. Random international knowledge for the win!!
Hours of Operation
|Monday – Friday||8:00 am – 6:00 pm|
Closed on holidays.