Rebecca Barrett-Wallis MA, RP, CCC
Psychotherapy + Counselling
Do you experience a sense of disconnection, uncertainty, anxiety, self-criticism or depression? Do you feel like the world expects too much of you? Or that you expect too much of yourself?
In a society that promotes speed, financial gain and unrealistic standards (of beauty, relationships, even self-care!) it can be increasingly difficult to find a space in which we feel heard and validated. As your therapist, I aim to provide this for you. When life prevents you from seeing the best version of yourself, I will see it for you, bringing your strengths to the forefront of our work together.
My approach is both eclectic and client-centered with the goal of connecting you to your authentic self through shared insight and emotional/psychological exploration. I draw on Narrative strategies to examine the ways in which the stories we tell about ourselves, and those that are told about us, may be perpetuating harmful narratives that can be hard to let go of. I draw on the belief that "problems" do not exist within people, but rather within the environment, system and society we live in.
I use elements of Acceptance and Commitment therapy, as I believe that the harder we try to "fix" our problems, the more acute they tend to become. You can expect Cognitive Behavioural, Mindfulness and Psychosomatic based practices to filter into our work together as I believe these strategies can help us break our unhelpful thinking patterns and foster more intimate connections between our bodies, minds and the people closest to us.
Together we will explore what it might be like to explore your struggle within your own lived experience, and move past it with greater agency and clarity. You can expect challenging questions, invitations to name your struggle in your own words, and a collaborative practices, all with the goal of guiding you toward considering new ways of acting and reacting to the world around you.
My therapeutic skills lie in working with individuals from diverse backgrounds experiencing stress/anxiety, mood issues, family and relationship concerns, lack of direction/life indecisions, self-esteem and body image issues, disordered eating, perfectionism, and emotional/physical fatigue or confusion. primarily between the ages of 20-45 and am available for couples counselling. I work to dismantle the systems of oppression that marginalize particular bodies including people of colour, people living in larger bodies and people with disabilities.
I offer all new clients a free twenty minute consultation to ensure we are a good fit.
Rebecca holds a Master of Arts (with Distinction) in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia, a Post-baccalaureate Diploma in Counselling and Human Development from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Gender Studies from the University of Toronto. She is Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario and a member in good standing of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association as a Certified Canadian Counsellor. Rebecca receives regular supervision from a Registered Psychotherapist as part of her ongoing commitment to providing the best support possible to her clients.
Rebecca has seen clients from varying populations and backgrounds including members of the LGBTQ2A+ community and those living with disabilities. Most recently, she completed a 5-month intensive practicum at Simon Fraser University, where she provided mental health support to a diverse student population.
Aside from her counselling experience, Rebecca has also worked to develop the Autism Society of British Columbia’s family support groups, has provided workshops on suicide prevention to youth throughout Vancouver, and supported individuals with disabilities to reach their personal and academic goals as a tutor with UBC’s Access and Diversity.