MCP, Registered Clinical Counsellor

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

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.

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

Becoming the adult that I needed as a child. Also, learning to welcome uncertainty, change and enjoyment.

What led you to counseling?

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.

Favorite 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.

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.

Favorite things to do?

I bake when I’m happy, stressed, excited or nervous. I love doing a lot of things to recharge, but my top 3 are basking in the sun at home, being in nature, and being with my people.

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

My #1 priority is that you feel safe. I want you to know that I am honored to be your witness and companion for as long as you need. If it seems like words are not enough, or if there are no words yet, we will find a way. I might not know the answers, but I will know the questions.

One thing you’ve learned from working with people?

Everyone is going through something. Compassion and kindness go a long way.

Favorite quote?

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

Additional therapies used:

  • CBT
  • EFT
  • Psychodynamic
  • Art-based therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Gottman Couples Therapy