MCP, Registered Clinical Counsellor
She/Her

Angela Pattria

I am passionate about supporting individuals in their journey with various mental health challenges specializing in substance use, anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, trauma and many others. My past counselling experiences include community based mental health work, supporting individuals while embracing the importance of identity, culture and its influence on self and finding a place in society. I also have extensive experience working with clients navigating immigration, life transitions, and substance use challenges. Growing up in a big and energetic family, I have a passion for sports, travelling, cooking, and am always up for an adventure. I strive to bring a level of warmth and comfort to the counselling space, where I offer an environment of support and empathy, free of judgement or ridicule. My counselling style is adaptable and collaborative to the needs of my client, where I pull from my extensive clinical toolbelt to use the most effective therapies in session.

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Words to live by

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now” – Chinese Proverb

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A little bit more about me

Education?

  • Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care
  • Diploma in Community Social Service Work

Top Three Specializations?

Top Three Modalities of Therapy?

Professional Clinical Counselling Certification

Certified with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors: Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC)#: 19812

What/who inspires you?

Everyone I have worked with so far. My clients never cease to amaze me with their strengths, resilience, stories, and desire to heal and grow from such experiences. My clients show and teach me new things all the time but trust me to be a part of their new journey. Clients have helped me grow not just professionally but personally, which drives me to serve them better.

Favourite book and why?

The Kite Runner. The book takes you on a journey in which the characters go through a slow but powerful growth that offers an emotional connection with their experiences.

What led you to counselling?

I began working in non-profits shortly out of college and resonated with helping people and being a pillar of support for those in the community. Counselling empowers individual growth and I consider it an honour to help people find their inner voice and grow.

Something you're proud of (challenge you've overcome, etc.)?

Working through Covid-19. I joined the healthcare system in January 2020, two months before the worldwide lockdown. This time came with many uncertainties and fear which fostered anxiety as a professional. However, this time offered a light which led to learning new skills and adaptability of rapidly changing times.

What do people say your biggest strength is?

People around me have shared they find I am able to offer empathy while creating a calm space for them in tough times. Clients have shared they enjoyed working with someone who created a safe but non-judgmental space for them to be able to be open.

Favourite things to do?

Cook, bake, read, and go for walks.

What would you tell a client who is meeting you for the first time?

Take your time in this process. Coming here takes courage! As a counsellor, I have great admiration for that. Share your story in a way that feels comfortable and safe for you and never be shy to communicate how you would feel best supported by your counsellor.

One thing you’ve learned from working with people?

People are unique! I have found that everyone I have worked with has helped me build a connection that sheds a light on people’s experience, one in which they find an authentic voice of healing.

Other languages spoken?

Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu