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Javier Perello Counselling

  •   778-251-9635
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  • Individual counselling Individual counselling
  • Sliding Scale Sliding Scale
  • LGBQ+ Affirming  LGBQ+ Affirming
  • Trans Affirming Trans Affirming

Javier’s work as a counsellor is unique as he consciously honours his clients’ survival strategies while gently guiding them towards new ways of being. While building a sense of safety, he explores the origins of old patterns with curiosity and collaboration, trusting their inner-wisdom.

With lived experience as a queer person raised in a non-affirming religious environment, Javier is passionate about working with members of the LGBTQ2SIA+ community, particularly those who experience conflict with their internal identity and their external context. He takes an intersectional and anti-oppressive approach, which means that he considers the many facets of his clients’ identities. This includes but is not limited to race, culture, gender, neurotype, sexual orientation, age, and religious background. As the intersections of his identity impacts how he shows up in the world today, he approaches his work as a therapist not only with head-knowledge, but also lived-experience of overcoming barriers and forging new paths towards well-being and authenticity.

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?


Intake forms provide the option for clients to distinguish between legal and preferred names.

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


Intake forms are inclusive of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.

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

—Yes, to some extent

In my practice I seek to reduce barriers for trans clients by allowing client's to self-identify names, gender identity and pronouns in all documentation. I am aware of the importance of gender-affirming bathrooms.

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


I do not have the background or training to offer this type of resource.

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


Yes, I feel comfortable discussing gender identity and sexual orientation.

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


Yes, I seek to include inclusive language in all documentation and communication.

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


Yes, this is included in all documentation.

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

—Yes, to some extent

I understand that the counselling/psychotherapy tradition is rooted in a eurocentric worldview and value system and seek to increase my awareness of ways in which I can decolonize this work.

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.

—Yes, to some extent

I have experience working with neurodiverse children and youth and the importance of taking a non-pathologizing and affirming approach to working with this population.

Can you and your colleagues distinguish gender/identity dysphoria/distress from other mental health conditions that are unrelated to gender dysphoria or distress?

—Yes, to some extent

Gender dysphoria exists when a person experiences a conflict between their physical body and their felt sense of their gender identity. This is not necessarily indicative of a mental health issue.

Does your practice have gender-neutral washrooms?

—Yes, to some extent

The building does not however clients are able to use the gender neutral washrooms at one of the dental clinics.

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

—Yes, to some extent

All policies are rooted in inclusivity and diversity.

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

Personal education through reading, workshops and professional conversations.

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

—Yes, to some extent

Ongoing training and education.


Suite 315 - 2083 Alma Street
Vancouver, BC
V6R 4N6


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Last updated: February 3, 2023
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