Are you confused? 

Do you feel lost and alone?

Do you feel like you are just barely holding it together? 

Are you afraid that if one more thing comes at you, you will fall apart?

Do you overreact sometimes only to feel flat or numb at other times?

Are you secretly afraid you have nothing to offer the world and your life is meaningless?


I have been there myself. I became a counsellor because counselling helped me and I met so many strong and vibrant people along the way who had endured terrible hardship. I know that we human beings have an amazing capacity to heal!

I work with people who have experienced violence in any form, people who have used violence against others and people who work on the front lines of violence prevention.

I work with people who were hurt as children and have learned to survive but maybe not yet learned to thrive. I work with parents and caregivers who want something different for their children than what they had.

I work with people who are going through adolescence, midlife or other life changes and are feeling lost in the process; people who know that their old ways of being no longer work but are not sure what to do next or how to do it.

              Colleen Stevenson registered clinical counsellor (RCC) in Victoria BC, individual and couples counselling

Contact me for a complimentary 20 minute consultation.

Evening and weekend appointments available

How I work

I want to understand what you are going through and what matters to you. I will listen generously and deeply. I will ask questions, diagram, sketch and reflect what I hear so I can "get it." And I will invite you to correct me if I don't "get it."
Looking at reality
Together we will get clear on what can change and what cannot change. On the side of change, we will look for supports and mentors; we will break it down into steps and prioritize. On the side of what cannot change we will do the work of acceptance.
We will look for ways you can connect with others (people alive or past, places, animals), connect with what you care about – your sense of purpose, your beliefs, commitments and values - and connect with yourself so you can learn to count on your own friendship.

Thoughts and Ponderings

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Visual Counselling: Using Illustration in Sessions

People rarely come to counselling when they are feeling fantastic. They come to counselling because they want to change something; they feel out of balance or they are stuck in a pattern. In short, they come because of some problem. So naturally the first step is to identify the problem. While it is reasonable and […]

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Visual counselling: Visual notes and diagrams on the spot

I am offering a couple of examples based on actual sketches I have used in session. All of the content has been changed, of course, to honour my clients’ confidentiality. Click here to see examples of illustrations used in counselling sessions. My client came in saying she was really feeling “the blues.” After hearing her […]

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Saying yes to the whole beautiful mess

This idea of acceptance has me wrapt. It is no small thing to accept the life I have: my past with all its pains, heartaches and mistakes; my present with all the worries and fears, risks and uncertainties of a career and home and family; my rapidly growing city with its few secure jobs, its […]

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