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MCP, Registered Clinical Counsellor

Angela Pattria

Before the private practice realm, I was a community based mental health worker, supporting individuals with psychiatric disorders through Psychosocial Rehabilitation. Prior to entering the mental health sector, I worked in the education system as a School Age Assistant, providing educational and recreational based support. I have worked with children and youth with developmental disabilities in supporting them with their learning of life skills. Furthermore, I was a Program Coordinator for a settlement based non-profit agency where I developed and facilitated sports and education-based programs to promote a supportive transition for new immigrant youth and young adults.

I am passionate about supporting individuals in their journey with mental health while embracing the importance of identity, culture and its influence on self and finding a place in society. This process can be enriching and fulfilling through embracing our unique roots which become pivotal in our journey through life, career, and personal relationships.

My professional experiences have shown me the uniqueness of every individual and their story. I offer an environment of support and empathy, free of judgement or ridicule. This extends into providing clinical counselling, mental health psycho-education, and CBT skills training.

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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?

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

Top three Specializations:

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Grief, Loss, and Healing From Trauma
  • Substance Use

Top Three Modalities of Therapy:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Person Centered Therapy (PCT)
  • Solution Focused

Professional Clinical Counselling Certification

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

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.

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 led you to counseling?

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.

Favorite book?

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/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.

Favorite 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.

Favorite quote?

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

Additional therapies used:

  • Narrative Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

Other Languages Spoken:

  • Punjabi
  • Hindi,
  • Urdu