MCP, Registered Clinical Counsellor

Karina Rampal

Coming from a multicultural background, I have experience working with a diverse range of clients including children, adolescents and adults that stem from various backgrounds and cultures. I worked as a counselling intern at Moving Forward Family Services with adults coping with anxiety, trauma, depression, PTSD, ADHD, and many other presenting concerns. I have experience working at the Vancouver Aquarium, where I had the opportunity to work with home schooled children who were coping with Autism, ADHD and learning disabilities. I also completed an internship at the West Bergen Mental Health Care Center in New Jersey where I was trained and then worked with children, from ages 4-12, who were diagnosed with autism and were coping with anxiety.

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Words to live by

Silence can be very loud if listened to closely.

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A little bit more about me

Education?

I completed my Masters in Counselling Psychology at Adler University and did my Bachelors of Arts in Psychology at Ramapo College of New Jersey.

Top three Specializations:

  • Relieving Depression & Anxiety 
  • Coping with Trauma & Stress 
  • Coping with Mood Affect Disorders

Top Three Modalities of Therapy:

  • Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy 
  • Client Centered Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing

Professional Clinical Counselling Certification

Certified with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors: Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC)#: 19198

What do people say your biggest strength is?

The one thing I’ve heard the most from people is my positivity and optimism in every situation that arises and my openness to different people and experiences. 

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

Moving to a new country and starting a life for myself! This was something I always wanted to achieve for myself, and to say that I have is an incredible accomplishment for me. 

What/who inspires you?

I wouldn’t say that it’s just one person or thing that inspires me personally; I have always felt inspired by a variety of things depending on the situation and what stage and point I am at in my life. 

One thing you’ve learned from working with people?

You can’t help everyone, but everyone is worth helping. 

Favorite things to do (hobbies, self-care, etc.):

I enjoy reading books, particularly fiction. I do enjoy the occasional non-fiction piece  as well though. I love music, whether it’s listening to it or exploring it! I have found that for me music is a wonderful way to express myself and it has the power to transcend me into different realms; personally music has always been able to invoke emotions, feelings and memories. Music has been (and still is) very healing for me. Cooking is something I have enjoyed doing since I was very young. Whenever I get the time I like to try making new recipes and recreating some of my timeless favourites. And finally dancing! I have been dancing since I can remember, and it still remains one of my favourite ways to relieve stress. 

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

The first step is always the hardest one to take, so thank you for being so brave. It’s okay to feel awkward or guarded, the relationship shared between a client and counsellor is built on mutual trust, and sometimes that can take a little bit of time to build – so take counselling at a pace that feels right for you! Talking to someone about emotions you have only ever felt or spoken to yourself about can be hard to voice out loud and explain, and that’s okay. I welcome your questions, opinions or creativity in our sessions. My hope and goal is to make sure that you are receiving the best support!

Additional therapies used:

  • Somatic Therapy 
  • Gestalt Therapy 
  • Gottman Couples Therapy 
  • Play Therapy 
  • Strengths Based Therapy 
  • Sand Tray Therapy