Office Hours: Monday to Friday
Ruth-Ann is accepting new clients!
Ruth-Ann is on vacation from August 28 – September 4, 2017
I am a Registered Clinical Social Worker and a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. I received my Early Childhood Education Certificate in 1978, and went on to complete my Bachelor Degree in Social Work in 1983. I interned at the Children’s Psychiatric Outpatients’ Unit at VGH and the Ministry of Social Services. In 1990, I returned to school to complete an internship in Bowenian Multigenerational Family Systems Therapy at the North Shore Counselling Centre. In 1996, I completed the Masters of Counselling Psychology Program at Antioch University, specializing in couples and families.
I have specialized training to work with adult survivors of sexual abuse, first nations residential school survivors, critical Incident stress debriefing, leadership/life coaching, conflict resolution, EMDR, Trauma Therapy and I am a certified Trauma Sensitive Yoga instructor.
I am a seasoned counselling specialist who has been in the helping profession for over 40 years and in private practice for over 25 years. I have extensive experience working with a wide variety of clients including children, adolescents, individuals, couples and families from various ethnic and economic backgrounds. I have experience as an Instructor / Teacher for several colleges and universities and I am a certified Trauma Sensitive Yoga instructor.
I have deep knowledge of numerous First Nations communities and the unique challenges they face. I am a contracted service provider to most EAPs and other government programs including: HC EAP, FSEAP, HumanaCare, Arete, Solareh, CVAP, ICBC, CannAmm, Nisga’a, FNHA, RHAP, Squamish Nation, Inter Tribunal Health Authority, etc.
Although I adhere to the multi-generational family systems framework, my approach to counselling varies depending upon the issues to be resolved, and your needs. My counselling approach may include, but is not limited to; Family of Origin work, Person-Centered, Cognitive, Behavioral, Existential, Humanistic, Yoga for Trauma. Depression and Anxiety and Brief-Solution Focused. I will use those tools that I believe will most benefit you.
Much of my work has been with anxiety and depression, trauma survivors, substance misuse, loss and grief, obsessive-compulsive disorder, life transition, personal growth, residential school trauma, career exploration, coaching, and relationship issues.
I find that many issues that are presented in therapy go back to early childhood. I do not necessarily believe that the client should live in the past, but I do believe that we often need to go back in order to move ahead.
I do not guarantee any particular outcome of treatment. However, I will use my skills and perform all of my services for you in a professional, competent manner. The course of treatment hinges on such factors as the severity and duration of the issue as well as the motivation and cooperation of the client.
Years of Experience
Area of Practice
Alcohol Use Disorder / Addiction
Compulsive Sexual Behaviour
Criminal Victim Assistance Program
Dissociative Identity Disorder
Grief and Loss
OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Residential Historical Abuse Program
Shyness & Social Anxiety
Trauma Sensitive Yoga