M.C., Registered Clinical Counsellor

Lorraine Schembri

With an eclectic approach to therapy that adapts to each person, I have worked as a counsellor for health authorities in Northern BC and Nova Scotia. My experience includes individual counselling, group therapy, and crisis counselling in an emergency department setting. Prior to counselling, I have done community support work with adults and youth with developmental disabilities, and Behaviour Interventionist work with children on the Autism spectrum. I am grateful to work in a field that allows me to meaningfully connect with people.

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Words to live by

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

– Antoine de Saint-Expuéry, The Little Prince
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A little bit more about me

Education?

I completed my Bachelor’s Degree at Simon Fraser University, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Biology. I later returned to SFU to complete a Post Baccalaureate Degree in Counselling and Human Development. I completed my Masters in Counselling at the University of Northern British Columbia.

Top three Specializations:

  • Trauma (Traumatic events and attachment trauma
  • Depression, Anxiety, Panic
  • Borderline Personality

Top Three Modalities of Therapy:

  • Person-Centered Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Accelerated Resolution Therapy

Professional Clinical Counselling Certification

Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC)#: 10005328

What do people say your biggest strength is?

I don’t shy away from doing things on my own. People have commented that it’s brave to attend events, go camping, and do road trips by myself. I’m grateful that I enjoy my solo company.

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

I’ve relocated four times for reasons including exploration, education, and love. Some moves were easy, and the unknowns were exciting. Some moves were difficult, and the unknowns were stressful. I’m proud that I’ve met the challenges of uprooting in order follow my inner compass.

What led you to counseling?

Early life experiences gave me a strong drive for relating with others on how we navigate the complexities of being human. I was drawn to counselling because it allows me to continuously learn about how my own, and others’, circumstances and social systems have impacted our mental health and sense of self. It is an honour to collaborate with people on their paths towards understanding, healing, restructuring, and thriving.

Favorite book and why?

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin. It is a children’s fantasy book that I’m not ashamed to say I read in grad school and have recommended to many adults since. It is a magical tale on classic themes of facing what feels unbearable and accepting what you have to about yourself and your path.

What/who inspires you?

Seeing social concepts get redefined in ways that better serve our health. It is inspiring to see people prioritize rest and recharge over constant productivity, or measure success based on how they feel rather than what they’ve accomplished. I’m loving that we are learning how to pause in a world that demands efficiency.

Favorite things to do?

Things that ground me include stretching, music, time with my cat, and appreciating nature (the views, smells, sounds). Things that energize me include stand-up paddle boarding and cooking new or favorite recipes – I love making varieties of pesto. I’m also into a few science fiction and video game fandoms.

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

Your relationship with your counsellor is the most important thing, so I want you to feel that I’m the right fit. There is nothing you can tell me that will cause me to lose respect for you, and I am happy to walk alongside you as you choose to change, explore, and grow.

One thing you’ve learned from working with people?

We have more in common than we know. Our struggles, vulnerabilities, inner thoughts, and needs are wonderfully diverse while having common underlying trends that connect us.

Additional therapies used:

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Family Therapy
  • Somatic techniques (Window of Tolerance)