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Claire Benson-Mandl

  •   604-290-2190
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  • Individual counselling Individual counselling
  • LGBQ+ Affirming  LGBQ+ Affirming
  • Trans Affirming Trans Affirming
  • Wheelchair Accessible Wheelchair Accessible
  • Online resource Online resource

I offer online career coaching which is informed by 25 years of experience working with folks whose work lives have been interrupted by illness, injury and/or trauma. I help people figure out where their true work satisfaction lies, and then how to achieve their goals through specific achievable steps..

I am a proud member of the queer community, and am particular gratified when I can help other members reach their goals.

Want to learn more about this service’s work with Two-Spirit, trans, LGBQ+ people?

We invite all service providers listed on MindMapBC  to answer the following questions. These questions were developed in collaboration with community members, researchers, and mental health and other service providers. They're intended to help us understand what a service provider or organization is doing to affirm and support sexual and gender diverse service users.

See below for responses for this listing.

Want to learn more about our screening questions and filters?

Are the forms used in your practice inclusive of various sexual orientations and gender identities (e.g., opportunities to fill in pronouns, etc.)?


Do you collect and use preferred names (rather than legal names) for all communications?


Do you and your colleagues ask about pronouns and use them appropriately?


Are you and your colleagues aware of what specific barriers may exist for trans individuals accessing your services?


Are you and your colleagues aware of what specific barriers may exist for Two-Spirit individuals accessing your services?


Do you offer Indigenous 2S/LGBTQ+ specific resources, for example Indigenous Elders or Knowledge Keepers?


Are you and your colleagues comfortable asking relevant questions about gender identity and sexual orientation?


Are you and your colleagues aware of what specific barriers may exist for LGBQ individuals accessing your services?


Can you and your colleagues distinguish gender/identity dysphoria/distress from mental health conditions?


Do you and your colleagues have experience working with people who identify as living with a disability or chronic illness? Please tell us more about your experience and any training you have received. (For example, do you have experience working with people with diverse physical or cognitive abilities, or those who are living with specific chronic illness(es)?


I trained as a health psychologist in Australia so while I can’t practice as such today in Canada due to licensing requirements, my entire career has been about working with folks with chronic physical and/or mental health conditions. I have extensive experience working with those for whom chronic pain, anxiety, depression and PTSD are daily realities.

Does your practice have gender-neutral washrooms?


I work exclusively online so this doesn’t apply

Are there clear anti-discrimination policies that include gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation in your organization or practice?


It’s just me working independently so I haven’t created a formal policy to apply to myself! But I live this!

Are all individuals involved in service provision actively engaged in decolonizing their practices and/or organization? If yes, please type below what actions you and/or your organization are taking.

—Yes, to some extent

Again, it’s just me here. With the individuals I work with, we intentionally review their past experiences with work to identify moments when systemic racism has occurred and it’s historical and current impact.

Are all individuals involved in service provision actively engaged in anti-racist practices, policies, and systems in their care model?

—Yes, to some extent


Services available in these languages

  • English

Last updated: January 19, 2022
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