REGISTERED CLINICAL COUNSELLOR
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association for Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) and have a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a Masters of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology.
I understand how nerve-wracking counselling can be, regardless of whether it is your first time or you're a seasoned expert. That's why I value and prioritize solidifying a therapeutic relationship and creating a space that you feel heard, valued, and safe.
I offer a holistic and integrative approach, tailored to each person, using resources and techniques from a variety of perspectives including Emotion Focused Therapy, Mindfulness and Somatic Based Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. As a therapist I often hear from clients that despite their brain pushing for logic and reason their body isn't willing to listen and they still struggle. Through our work together we will create the environment and build the skills your body needs to be able to listen, and finally bring you an overall sense of calm and safety. I understand that not everyone is the same and so approaches will always be guided and tailored to your individual needs.
Ultimately, I aim to guide you towards a better understanding of your experiences and emotions, develop tools to manage your symptoms, ground you in a foundation of self-compassion, and find a balance between your mind and body. Whether you're wanting to recover from past traumas, feeling lost, depressed, anxious, overwhelmed by perfectionism, or in an unfulfilled relationship. I am committed to walking through with you and grounding you where your mind and body needs to be.
My experience over the years have included working with youth, adults, and couples navigating a variety of different challenges. I also have experience creating curriculum and running groups on anxiety. Additionally, my clinical research experience includes researching and understanding the needs of immigrant populations when seeking marriage counselling.
A foundational philosophy of my practice is an active commitment to social and racial justice on an individual, community, institutional and social scale. With an anti-oppressive framework, I strive for providing modern mental health services that reflect the values of a culturally sensitive well-being.
Areas of Focus
Self-esteem & body image
Acculturation stresses & Bi-cultural identities
Life transitions & Personal growth
*Deema is LGBTQ+ Allied
- Gottman Level 1 Training – The Gottman Institute
- Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for Healing Trauma in Couples
- The Flash Technique, a recently developed evidenced-based therapeutic intervention for reducing the disturbance associated with traumatic or other distressing memories.
- Sex & Trauma: Helping Clients Move Beyond Trauma and Reclaim Their Sexuality
In her spare time, Deema can be found spending time with friends, family and her dog Rory (who you might see in the office every now and then).