M.Ed, Registered Clinical Counsellor

Scott Arner

I have always found meaning in connecting with and supporting others. At times, finding similar thoughts and opinions has helped me feel more human; other times, being introduced to different ideas and people has helped open my mind to new possibilities and opportunities. I try to bring that connectedness to my work.

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Words to live by

Only after disaster can we be resurrected. It’s only after you’ve lost everything that you’re free to do anything. Nothing is static, everything is evolving, everything is falling apart.

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A little bit more about me

Education?

I have a graduate degree in counselling from SFU, and undergraduate and teaching degrees from UBC. I am a certified member in good standing with the BCACC, ACTA, and the CCPA. I have spent the past 20+ years in Vancouver as a therapist working with children, youth, families, adults, and groups.

Top three Specializations:

  • Addiction and Problematic substance use
  • Trauma and Abuse
  • Mental Health and Wellness (anxiety, depression, etc.)

Top Three Modalities of Therapy:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / Cognitive Processing Therapy
  • Client-Centered / Motivational Interviewing
  • Mindfulness Approaches / Eastern Philosophy

Professional Clinical Counselling Certification

Certified with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors: Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC)#: 4975

What do people say your biggest strength is?

I have been told that I am flexible and easy to talk to, with a good (albeit dark) sense of humour. I am also fiercely supportive and protective of my clients.

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

I am always proud of my kids and anything they do. As an immunocompromised person with many complex health issues, I am proud and fortunate that I have been able to do the work that I do as long as I have been able to do it.

What led you to counseling?

I have always found meaning in connecting with and supporting others. At times, finding similar thoughts and opinions has helped me feel more human; other times, being introduced to different ideas and people has helped open my mind to new possibilities and opportunities. I try to bring that connectedness to my work.

Favorite book?

I usually attach to writers rather than books; my favourites are Thich Nhat Hanh, Ram Dass, Brene Brown, Rueben Naiman, Chuck Palahniuk, Henry Rollins, Matt Fraction, and Joe Hill, all for various reasons.

What/who inspires you?

Younger generations are always inspiring; especially seeing my own children learn, struggle, and grow. I have unending respect and admiration for anyone supporting and protecting others on the frontlines, regardless of position or title. I am also inspired by anyone struggling with substance use and addiction.

Favorite things to do?

I enjoy typical self care activities such as meditation, fitness, and spending time with my people. I also enjoy horror movies, competitive fighting, video games, and hot sauces.

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

We will go where you want, when you want, and how you want; therapy is in your control. I am here to guide and support; you hold the reins.

One thing you’ve learned from working with people?

People will always move towards positive change in the right conditions.

Favorite quote?

“Only after disaster can we be resurrected. It’s only after you’ve lost everything that you’re free to do anything. Nothing is static, everything is evolving, everything is falling apart.” Chuck Palahnuik