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Hello.

 

My name is Bronwen, and I'm Registered Clinical Counsellor with 19 years experience supporting children, youth and families. I began supporting young people and their caregivers while employed by two different non-profit, community based, organizations in 2003 and continued working as a child, youth and family outreach worker, supporting diverse populations, until 2014. I then became employed as a clinical counsellor with Child and Youth Mental Health Services and I now offer counselling services through my private practice. (Click here for additional details regarding education and ongoing development).

 

My husband and I moved from Victoria, BC to the Cowichan Valley in 2010, to be closer to the rivers, lakes, and mountains and with the plan to raise a family.  We now have two daughters, and spend much of our time outside. I am grateful to live on land immersed in nature and to be able to offer in person and virtual counselling services to clients from my home office. 

 

have a deep appreciation for the innate wisdom of the human body, the power of attuned connection, the beauty and wonder of the natural world, and the healing qualities of play and expressive therapy. These values are evident in my personal and professional life and contribute to the holistic, person-centered support I offer clients.

I believe that each of us, big and small, have inherent inner strength and expertise that supports us to heal and grow. With a commitment to compassion, I support young people and their caregivers to understand their struggles, uncover their resources, identify their needs, connect with their authentic selves and move towards their goals.

" There is a moon inside every human being. Learn to be companions with it." - Rumi

Portrait of Bronwen Smith Counsellor Therapist in Duncan, BC

 

Education

2012 Master of Counselling, City University of Seattle

2006 Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria

Certification

British Columbia Association for Clinical Counsellors (BCACC)

   - Registered Clinical Counsellor, Registration #11299 (RCC)

Professional Development

Naturally.

 

Professional Development

  • Expressive Play Therapy for the Grieving Child, 3 day live webinar, Marie Jose Dhaese, PhD, 2022

 

  • Postpartum Support International's Advanced Perinatal Mental Health Psychotherapy Training, 1 day, 2022

  • Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care, Postpartum Support International's 2 day certificate program, 2022

  • Foundations in Infant and Early Mental Health PracticeI, Infant and Early Mental Health Promotion (IEMHP), 26 hours online, 2022

  • Expressive Play Therapy For Healing Complex Trauma, 3 day live webinar, Marie Jose Dhaese, PhD, 2022

  • Sand Play Therapy, A Healing Journey for All Ages , 4 day live webinar, Marie Jose Dhaese, PhD, 2022

  • Expressive Play Therapy – A Holistic and Integrative Approach, 4 day live webinar, Marie Jose Dhaese, PhD, 2022

 

  • Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy, Online, 6 month signature course, Lisa Dion, PhD, 2021- 2022

 

  • Attachment, The Body & Relational Repair: Three Pillars of Clinical Practice, Online 5 evening workshop, Lisa Mortimore, PhD 2021

 

  • Vancouver School For Narrative Therapy, Foundations: 5 day Narrative Therapy Practice Training, Stephen Madigan, 2020

  • National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behaviour Medicine (NICABM), Advanced Master Program on the Treatment of Trauma, Online, 2020

  • San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety, Core Mental Health Online Training, 2020

 

  • DBT Skills, 6 week online training, Marsha Linehan, 2019

 

  • Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT), 2 day core EFFT and 3 day advanced EFFT training, Dr. Adele Lafrance and Natasha Files, 2019

 

  •  Investing in Girls and Women with ASD, 1 day – online live streaming training, Dori Zener, 2018

 

  • Non – Aversive Strategies to Assist Individuals with Autism and Challenging Behaviours, 1 day training, Dr. Andrew McDonnell, 2018

 

  • Bringing the Body into Practice: Somatic Attachment Psychotherapy, Training program for healing relational and complex trauma

      Clinic One (4 day training), Lisa Mortimore, PhD, 2018

  • Trauma Focused CBT, Online course, 2018

 

  • Cross Cultural Informed Practice, 1 day workshop, 2018​

  • Trauma Informed Practice, 1 day workshop, Kim Barthel, 2016

 

  • Cognitive Behavioural Connections (CBT), 2 day training, 2016

  • Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk: Essential Skills for Clinicians (RRSR), 2 day workshop, 2015

 

  • Domestic Violence Safety Planning, Online training, 2015

 

  • Maples Connect Parent Group, Group Facilitator Training, part 2. Co-facilitated 10 week supervised group, 2014

 

  • Maples Connect Parent Group, Group Facilitator Training, part 1. 3 Day Training, 2012

  • The Inner Workings of Attachment, South Island Training Initiative (SITI), ½ day workshop, Dr. Vanessa Lapointe, Ph.D, 2012

 

  • Finding the Way Through: Putting the Science of Attachment to Work, South Island Training Initiative (SITI), ½ day workshop, 2012

      Dr. Vanessa Lapointe, Ph.D

 

  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), 4 Day Externship, Dr. Sue Johnson, Ph.D, 2011

  

  • Triple P Parenting Program, Group Facilitation Training, level 4, 2010

  • Emerging Trends in Addiction Treatment, Client Directed Outcome Informed Practice,1 day workshop, Scott Miller, Ph.D, 2010

 

  • Assessment and Treatment of Complex Trauma/Dissociation in Children and Adolescents, Dr. Sandra Weiland, 2009

 

  • Marte Meo and Dynamic Play Therapy , ½ day workshop, Martin Söderquist and Bertil Ekstedt, 2009

 

  • Trauma from the Inside Out, South Island Training Initiative (SITI) ½ day workshop, Dr. Timothy Black, Ph.D, 2008

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