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Willow Leaf Counselling

  •   604-782-5475
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Summary

  • Individual counselling Individual counselling
  • FNHA  FNHA
  • CVAP CVAP
  • LGBQ+ Affirming  LGBQ+ Affirming
  • Trans Affirming Trans Affirming
  • Wheelchair Accessible Wheelchair Accessible
  • Two-Spirit Affirming  Two-Spirit Affirming
  • Remote services  Remote services

In my IBPOC-focused counselling practice is approach aims to be trauma-informed and justice-oriented (or anti-oppressive) and specifically anti-racist. I believe it is important to examine mental health, relationship conflict, and trauma through a lens that appreciates social, environmental, cultural, political, and economic factors of distress.

Forces within our environment including larger systems of trauma and systemic oppression can influence our struggles in the world through our families, cultures, and institutions. I believe that bringing this into our awareness in therapy can allow us to build a more self-compassionate and empowered understanding of our experiences, our suffering, and our path towards healing.

As an anti-oppressive therapist, I deeply value your experiences based on culture, race, Indigeneity, socioeconomic status, sexuality, gender identity, age, disability, and spirituality.

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?

—Yes

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

—Yes

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

—Yes

Although I am aware of many of the barriers trans individuals face, I cannot claim I know everything about all barriers because I am not Trans Identifying and therefore am not an expert because I do not have lived experience. I always seek to learn more from those I work alongside so I can better understand the barriers faced.

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

—Yes

Although I am aware of many of the barriers Two Spirit individuals face, I cannot claim I know everything about all barriers because I am not Two Spirit Identifying and therefore am not an expert because I do not have lived experience. I always seek to learn more from those I work alongside so I can better understand the barriers faced.

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

—Yes, to some extent

I am registered with the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) and provide coverage for counselling services for people who access the Mental Wellness and Counselling Program (MWCP), the Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program (IRS-RHSP), and the Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls (MMIWG) Program. I aim to work from a decolonial, anti-racist, intersectional feminist, and trauma-informed approach in all of the work I do.

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

—Yes

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

—Yes

Although I am aware of many of the barriers LGBQ individuals face, I cannot claim I know everything about all barriers because I am not LGBQ Identifying and therefore am not an expert because I do not have lived experience. I always seek to learn more from those I work alongside so I can better understand the barriers faced.

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

—Yes, to some extent

I am the only individual at my counselling practice. I do my absolute best to use pronouns correctly although I have made mistakes in the past and am imperfect. That is why I answered in that way. I do my very best to always ask pronouns and use correct pronouns 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)?)

—Yes

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

—Yes

Does your practice have gender-neutral washrooms?

—Not applicable (please explain why this is not applicable)

Virtual practice

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

—Yes

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

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

—Yes

Address

Cotton Drive
VANCOUVER, BC
V5L 3V1

Languages

Services available in these languages

  • English

Last updated: February 28, 2022
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