- Addictions counselling
- Individual counselling
- Information and referrals
- LGBQ+ Affirming
- Trans Affirming
- Remote services
Venturous Counselling & Wellness is an online/walk & talk, multidisciplinary, and evidence-based counselling practice for holistic wellness. We offer services beyond the talk; EMDR, art, movement, and breathwork practices are incorporated alongside traditional counselling services so you are supported in accessing all aspects of healing that your body has to offer.
We believe in facilitating a culture of compassionate curiosity so you can be empowered through change, often with a dose of humor and creativity. To holistically approach concerns that arise in the therapeutic space, we conceptualize from an anti-oppressive, intersectional, and systemic approach. We are part of the Inclusive Therapists network and dedicate our professional development towards anti-oppressive practice.
Our commitment is to help you uproot the internalized beliefs that act as life support to problems you experience. To empower your ability to choose your story and to make your own meaning. We want to help you co-create sustainable systems of thought by rebelliously subscribing to a different narrative.
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.
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Are the forms used in your practice inclusive of various sexual orientations and gender identities (e.g., opportunities to fill in pronouns, etc.)?
Do all individuals involved in the care of individuals accessing your services 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? Please describe some of these below.
Facing unequal access to bathrooms/locker rooms that aligns with gender; violence and bullying due to transphobia/anti-queerness; inappropriate and violating questions about sex life/genitalia; constant threat of being unaffirmed, ridiculed, and attacked; exclusion from gender specific services, etc.
Are you and your colleagues aware of what specific barriers may exist for Two-Spirit individuals accessing your services? Please describe some of these below.
For two-spirit folks, violence is a constant part of life; the impact of colonization manifests itself also through forcing indigenous folks to adopt western/european models of gender and sexuality, amongst many others. The impact of the violence is rooted in a deep historical and current context (i.e. "corrective" rape). Two-spirit folks are generally still being understood through the lens of colonially defined models of SOGIE.
Are all individuals involved in the care of individuals accessing your services 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? Please describe some of these below.
heteronormativity is established as soon as individuals are born; burden of "coming out" rather than inviting in; having to justify the legitimacy of identity/sexual orientation and content with harmful sterotypes; the constant threat of violence; patriarchial views still inherent in the supports of LGBQ+ services; lack of representation contributes to risk of violence in relationships
Can you and your colleagues distinguish gender/identity dysphoria/distress from mental health conditions?
Do all individuals involved in the care of individuals accessing your services receive specific training on cultural humility? Is yes, please type below how frequent this training is.
Formal training: at least once a quarter if not more. We post and have discussions re: anti-oppressive practices at least once a month in our company slack channel.
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.
We have policies in place that make decolonizing practices and inclusivity the required norm for service provision. We also allocate our community-building initiatives funding to Indigenous organizing efforts. We also contribute 20% of all walk & talk service profits to Indigenous organizing efforts.
Are all individuals involved in service provision actively engaged in anti-racist practices, policies, and systems in their care model?
219-255 Newport Dr
Port Moody, BC
Last updated: February 24, 2022
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