MCP, Registered Clinical Counsellor
She/Her

Elizabeth Medina

Elizabeth is a multicultural counsellor who has worked with children, youth, and adults, at different settings, including a children’s hospital, a non-profit organization, private practice, and schools. Being born and raised outside of Canada, has allowed her to draw from her own experience and connect with international clients. She also offers counselling in Spanish, which provides Spanish-speaking clients with a familiar space, and cultural sensitiveness. Both in-person and virtual counselling sessions are available.

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Words to live by

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.

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A little bit more about me

Education?

Masters in Counselling Psychology: School and Youth Concentration

Top Three Specializations?

  • Grief, Change, and Life Transitions
  • Culture Shock and the Process of Cultural Adaptation
  • Relationships with Others, the World, and Oneself

Top Three Modalities of Therapy?

  • Narrative Therapy
  • Person-Centered
  • Trauma Informed Practice

Professional Clinical Counselling Certification

Certified with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors: Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC)#: 19742

Favourite book?

The Giver, by Lois Lowry.
Growing up, I was so overwhelmed by emotions, that a world without them seemed pretty utopic. This book, beautifully shows how emotions, so inherently human, are here to heighten our experience, teach us about what is important for ourselves, and most importantly, enjoy.

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

People have told me that they see kindness, strength, empathy and genuiness in me. I just know that I am thankful that people around me feel safe, seen and cared for.

What do people say your biggest strength is?

People have told me that they see kindness, strength, empathy and genuiness in me. I just know that I am thankful that people around me feel safe, seen and cared for.

What/who inspires you?

Nature. It is so forgiving and generous, powerful, and humble at the same time. There is infinite wisdom in our connection to nature.
My family. Their unconditional love inspires me to be kind, resilient and keep going. It is because of them that I have so much to give to the world, and it is thanks to them that I am here today.

What led you to counselling?

Throughout my life, I learned that knowing myself, (my emotions, my reactions, my thoughts) was a powerful tool when facing life’s difficulties. It helped me understand, not only myself, but the world around me, which seemed intensely chaotic while growing up. Counselling for me is a way of providing others the space to be unapologetically themselves, learn from their own wisdom, and give chaos meaning.

Favourite things to do?

I love being active outside! I enjoy running, hiking, and swimming.

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

My approach to counseling is that the client is the expert on their own lives. I have knowledge about the counseling process, but the client possesses wisdom on their experience. Together we explore those experiences to find how it shapes their perspective and discover how they prefer to describe their stories.

One thing you’ve learned from working with people?

Genuine connection can be remarkably therapeutic.