Welcome. My name is Randy and I bring over 30 years of experience as a clinical counsellor, university instructor, trainer, and mediator. I have had over 5,000 counselling clients and students in the course of my career. I completed my undergraduate studies at York University in Toronto, and I obtained my Master’s Degree from the Department of Counselling Psychology at UBC.
Throughout the years I have designed and taught courses at UBC, City University, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), and The Justice Institute of BC. The courses focused on various topics including Theories of Psychotherapy, Counselling Skills, Conflict Resolution, Communication Skills, Anger Management, and Loss & Grief. I have also designed and taught a course on Stress Management at KPU.
Most recently my focus has been on doing clinical work, treating and supporting people with a diverse range of challenges and issues. These work experiences along with my own personal life experiences have not only humbled me, but also greatly broadened my skills as a therapist. I have been a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and member of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) since 1999, and I have acted as mediator in both family and corporate contexts.
On a personal note, I was born in rural Southern Ontario, not far from Niagara Falls. I moved to BC about 35 years ago to pursue my graduate studies. Travel is my greatest passion, and I have travelled to 60 countries across five continents, including a six-month 18,000 km road trip around Europe, and month long road trips in New Zealand and Australia. However, BC will always be my home. I enjoy hiking in its mountains and camping on its beautiful ocean beaches such as Schooner Cove and Long Beach. I take great peace and solace in nature, and have lived a block away from Stanley Park for the past 16 years. Every spring when I walk through the rhododendron garden by Lost Lagoon, I realize that I live in the most beautiful city in the world.
Over the years my observations of the therapeutic process have led me to propose a model of counselling involving “Insight, Action, and Change.” This is a simple approach based on a logical model. Firstly I will assist you in formulating your goals, and encourage you to explore factors related to the goals. Secondly I will help you to reveal previously “hidden” aspects of yourself and the situation/s causing you distress. Together we will then come up with a plan of action to meet your goals, and identify what kind of “Change” you would like to see in your life.
In order to do this, I borrow from several therapeutic approaches, including: Psychodynamic Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Jungian, Existential, and Buddhist thought. I am also trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), which I use in my work with couples in distress.
I have a significant amount of expertise and experience working with the following individual issues:
- Anxiety/ Depression
- Anger Management
- Self Esteem and Self Confidence
- Abuse (verbal, physical, emotional, childhood, sexual and domestic)
- Loss & Grief
- Sexuality, Sexual Orientation, LGBTQ2 issues and community
- Stress (Personal and Workplace: work performance, conflict, violence and harassment)
- Social Isolation and Loneliness
- Career (Starting/ Planning/ Decision Making)
I also have extensive experience providing couples and family therapy for:
- Communication Issues
- Conflict Resolution
- Relationship Breakdown
- Separation and Intimacy
- Domestic Violence
- Adolescent Behavioural Issues
- Blended Family Issues
- Elder Related Issues
- Extended Family Relations
I very much look forward to meeting with you in the safety and comfort of our offices at ARC to facilitate your healing journey. I am also happy to meet for a complimentary 30-minute consultation, which will allow us to determine if I am the right counsellor to support you. Thank you.