MC, Registered Clinical Counsellor
She/Her

Dominique Sorace

As a therapist, I am very detail-orientated and will utilize that ability to take the time to get to know your story and who you are without judgment. Others describe me as compassionate, ambitious, and honest, with a side of dry humour. I have had experience working with a diverse range of clients including children, youth, adolescents, young adults, and adults. I have worked within the school system, MCFD, and for non-profit organizations. In particular, my experience within the school system taught me patience, the importance of inclusiveness and diversity, and practical skills for anxiety, depression, OCD, autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, ADHD, eating disorders, and family dynamics. My goal as a therapist is to ensure my clients leave sessions with tangible skills, a wider perspective on themselves, and a greater ability to communicate their needs and navigate their challenges.

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Words to live by

“This world, it is a tempest sometimes, but remember, the sun always rises again”. -Brandon Sanderson

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A little bit more about me

Education?

  • Bachelors of Arts Major in Psychology from Simon Fraser University
  • Master’s Degree in Clinical Counselling From City University of Seattle in Vancouver

Top Three Specializations?

Top Three Modalities of Therapy?

Continuing Education

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Provided by the Ministry of Children and Family Development
  • Motivational Interviewing – From the Ministry of Children and Family Development
  • Sandtray Therapy Training – by the Institute of Child Psychology – Ongoing
  • Obsessive Compulsive Therapy Training – Through National Occupational and Compulsive Disorders Academy
  • Social Anxiety Training – Through National Occupational and Compulsive Disorders Academy
  • Exposure and Response Prevention – Through National Occupational and Compulsive Disorders Academy
  • Trauma Informed Practice – Registered Feb 2023

Professional Clinical Counselling Certification

Certified with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors: Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC): #20476
Certified with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association: Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC): #11249064

What led you to counselling?

Throughout my childhood and adolescence and dealing with my own personal and lived experiences of mental health, I felt as though I had no one to talk to and that there were not enough resources available, better yet, there was an immense amount of stigma towards mental health. I wanted to make a change where I could be the one to advocate for others, and make them feel seen, understood, and appreciated.

What/who inspires you?

Listening to people’s personally lived experiences. I feel deep compassion and empathy for those who take the time to share their stories with me. I always tend to take a piece of what people share with me and apply it to my own life and practice. Having worked with children and youth, I am always amazed with their fearlessness, willingness to take risks, and how they are unapologetically themselves. I am truly Inspired by the creativity and playfulness of children and youth and love their childlike wonder.

What do people say your biggest strength is?

My ability to emphasize deeply by taking the time to create a safe space and get to know an individual and their story without judgement and rigidity. I have been told I put clients at ease because of my friendly and easy-going demeanour. I also love to incorporate humour into sessions and will pay close attention when a client shares their story to ensure they are being fully understood and supported.

One thing you’ve learned from working with people?

Each individual encompasses a different perspective and sometimes we are not able to see or connect with the other person’s perspective, but we must try our best to understand it by being patient, compassionate, and curious. I have worked in several different fields including the service industry, school systems, and family services, where I have learned that openness to other perspectives and collaborative problem solving is key to working with others effectively.

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

Breaking the pattern of intergenerational trauma- becoming the adult my inner child needed. Having a full-time job while completing my master‘s degree. I understand how difficult it can be to be a student and to have to support yourself at the same time. The late nights studying after a full evening of work felt impossible at the time but ended up being my greatest accomplishment.

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

I know this may have been hard for you to be here today, but just you being here shows how much you care about yourself and how important you are. I am an open, honest individual, and creating a safe space for you is one of my priorities. I have been to therapy myself, so I am aware of how scary and difficult it may be to open up to someone new for the first time. My goal is to make sure you feel seen, supported, and understood.

Favourite job outside of the counselling industry?

Outside of the counselling industry, I worked in the restaurant industry for over 7 years as a server. This has to be one of the most challenging but rewarding jobs that I have done. I learned a lot about myself, and it pushed me to develop further interpersonal and social skills and navigate difficult challenges.

How do you challenge yourself outside of the therapy world?

Outside of the therapy world, I challenge myself by pushing myself out of my comfort zone, especially when I am feeling anxious. I’ve learned that sometimes, the only way to overcome your fear is to face it, even if it feels uncomfortable at first. I also challenge myself by engaging in activities that lead to self-growth such as reading a new book, reaching a personal record at the gym, and learning my language of origin, Italian. It is kind of weird how I can understand around 80% of Italian but cannot speak it. Understanding Italian is one thing, but learning how to speak it is a big challenge and goal of mine.

Favourite things to do?

I enjoy going to the gym and engaging in physical activity whenever I have free time. I am a big country fan and listen to a lot of country music such as Luke Combs, Morgan Wallen, and Hunter Hayes. I am also into old-school R&B and I classify music as my safe space in which it conveys feelings and emotions that are sometimes difficult to put forth. I am also a travel bug and have high hopes of travelling the world one day. What is next on my list is Europe (specifically Italy my country of origin), Japan, and Hawaii! I have a big soft spot for animals (especially cats) and have three of my own. However, if it were possible, I would want a Kangaroo as a pet (they are cute, but I am aware they box ha-ha!).

Favourite book and why?

The Mountain is You, by Brianna Wiest. This book taught me to embrace my mistakes and provide more self-compassion. It goes above and beyond in getting you to indulge in your greatest strengths while working through your past challenges and trauma. After years of reading textbooks, it takes a lot for me to pick up a book and read it, this one is definitely worth it.