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Coherence Counselling

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  • Relationship counselling Relationship counselling
  • Individual counselling Individual counselling
  • Support groups Support groups
  • LGBQ+ Affirming  LGBQ+ Affirming
  • Trans Affirming Trans Affirming
  • Remote services  Remote services

Erinn (they/she) is a social worker, counsellor, and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner who specializes in helping their clients heal from trauma and relational wounds. Erinn’s clients are individuals, families, and romantic partners of all genders, and all sexual and relational orientations, who want to move toward greater capacity, ease, and aliveness within themselves and within their relationships.

In addition to their counselling experience, Erinn’s career has included sex education with a queer, feminist, sex-positive organization in Eastern Canada; helping Indigenous families address and break the cycles of intergenerational trauma stemming from colonization; and supporting birthing families during pregnancy, labour, birth and postpartum. These experiences inform Erinn’s approach to counselling and have left them with the conviction that as human beings, we all carry the seeds of healing and wellness inside of us, even when things feel utterly overwhelming and hopeless; Erinn believes their job is to work together with you to create the right conditions for your specific context so those seeds can find purchase and grow.

Erinn knows from personal experience that shining light on painful wounds takes courage, and they have great respect for all of their clients for their courageous willingness to move toward healing.

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?

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


My intake form will ask for your legal name and preferred name, but your preferred name will be used in all communications from/with me.

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


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


For example - many of my clients are families dealing with issues around fertility, pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. One of the ways I work toward inclusivity for trans individuals is by using gender-neutral language on my website and in conversations with clients about fertility, pregnancy, birth, parenting, etc.

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?

—Yes, to some extent

Coherence Counselling is currently comprised of only one counsellor, so we do not currently have Indigenous Elders or Knowledge Keepers in house, but Erinn is always happy to help clients connect with resources out in the community.

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?


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


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)?)


Erinn has received training in Somatic Resilience and Regulation for supporting clients with chronic illnesses, autoimmune conditions, and developmental trauma. Erinn also has extensive experience working with clients who are quadriplegic.

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


Does your practice have gender-neutral washrooms?


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


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.


- Work grounded in Anti-Oppressive Practice
- San'yas Cultural Safety Training
- Prioritizing BIPOC, 2-Spirit, and LGBTQ+ clients for sliding scale spots
- Historically and currently seek out Indigenous mentors and teachers for consultation
- Ongoing practice of self-reflection in regard to social location, privilege, and power, and annual check-up and planning to bring practice into greater alignment with social justice values.

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



536 5th Street
Courtenay, BC
V9N 1K3


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Last updated: February 6, 2023
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