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Danielle van Schaik is both a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Canadian Clinical Counsellor. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Victoria and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. Danielle is excited to take her experience working for many years as a Child and Youth Counsellor, and later as a Clinical Lead, in a hospital setting and share that experience and knowledge with those in her community. She is passionate about counselling those in all stages of life with various presentations, such as anxiety, depression, trauma, work challenges and family concerns. Danielle also has a keen interest in providing empathetic support for those working in healthcare. She believes firmly in the positive impact of talk therapy, and ensures a safe therapeutic relationship with her clients. She infuses empathy, warmth, and compassion into her sessions while ensuring she utilizes proven therapeutic techniques and approaches. Her preferred modalities are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Resilience Theory, Trauma Informed Practice, Person-centred care, as well as Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Emotion Focused Family Therapy approaches. Danielle enjoys helping her clients identify connections in their story, and increase their self-efficacy when facing personal stressors. In her personal life, Danielle is a proud Mom of two adolescent children, and a wife of nearly 18 years. She loves spending time with her family, pug, and enjoying the beautiful outdoors in her community. For more information or to book visit my website:

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Thank you for taking the time to find out more about my practice. I have been working as a counsellor for 20 years, supporting both youth and adults. For many of those years I worked as a counsellor within the school setting. I am a member in good standing with the B. C. Association of Clinical Counsellors. Arriving at counselling may feel vulnerable and uncertain, my approach to working together is to offer a safe space where we can explore the areas that you identify as needing attention. My goal is to create a collaborative relationship which allows you to discuss the challenges you are facing and to offer support and skills to explore these together. I will do this with curiosity, empathy, compassion, and respect for your process. It is important to me that you feel like our counselling relationship is the right fit for you. Research has shown that multiple factors influence client change in counselling, with 30% of that being the therapeutic relationship. I have skills and experience providing support to clients with concerns about anxiety, low mood, life transitions, parenting, emotional regulation, and feelings of stress and overwhelm. My way of being is strengths-based, client-centered, and trauma-informed. My practice style is informed by these evidence-based therapeutic models and can be adapted to meet your needs: Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Somatic Attachment Focused Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Therapy (SAFE EMDR) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Solution Focused Therapy (SFT) Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) Narrative Therapy Response-Based Practice Attachment Theory Mindful Self-Compassion When I am not at work, I love to spend time with family and friends, snuggling with my cat while reading a good book, being outdoors, and watching movies. I am available to provide daytime and evening sessions, both in person or on-line, with adults and youth (aged 12-19). To connect further, please email me at or book an appointment at I look forward to walking with you as you take this next step.

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