My name is Aiden and I’m a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC). I hold a Master’s in Counselling Psychology (MCP) from Adler University, a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology from University of Alberta, and post-graduate training in psychological assessment from Concordia University of Edmonton. I am a member in good standing with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC), the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), and a full member of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). While I was born and raised in New Zealand, I have called Canada (specifically Toronto, Edmonton, and now Vancouver) home for the past 15 years.
In my time as a therapist I have had the honour of helping people find relief from a variety of difficulties, including anxiety/stress related issues (generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder), mood-related issues (depression, dysthymia/ PDD), and issues related to relationships, intimacy, and communication. I have found that although people may often seek help for similar symptoms (e.g. low mood, panic), the root cause of these symptoms varies for everyone, and can be related to anything from current relationship or work stress, to early childhood neglect.
In my clinical work, I draw on a variety of therapeutic approaches such as Adlerian Therapy, Existential Psychotherapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I strongly believe in integrating various therapeutic perspectives as I appreciate that you are unique and “one size does not fit all.”
In addition to anxiety and mood issues, I can also help you with:
- Relationship Concerns
- Low Self-Esteem/ Confidence
- Lack of Assertiveness
- Trust/ Intimacy Issues
- Lack of Meaning/ Purpose
- Grief and Loss
- Childhood Abuse (physical, emotional, sexual)
- Communication Problems
- Personal Growth
- Burnout (Work/ Family)
As I have overcome generalized and social anxiety myself, I can relate to the pain and hardship of living with anxiety and depression. I am proud to say that my experiences have helped me grow both personally and professionally, and I am transparent about the role therapy has played in transforming my own life. I can also relate to how nerve-wracking it can be to take the initial step of seeking help. As a result, I make it my priority to do everything I can to reduce your concerns around the counselling process itself. It really is my privilege to guide and support you through the healing process.
Please note that at the moment my availability to take on new clients is limited. As a result I try to save any openings for clients who are needing a skillset or approach I can provide that would be particularly beneficial to their needs. If after meeting for a consultation I believe that you may be equally or better served by one of my colleagues, I will transparently let you know and provide you with a referral.