Take Control of Your Future
When to speak with a counsellor:
If you are feeling sad, lonely, tired, lethargic, or having problems looking forward to events you normally would. You may be depressed.
If you feel nervous, fearful, or disproportionately upset about an event or circumstance. If you have recently had a panic attack, you may have anxiety.
Grief / Loss
If you have recently lost a loved one or feel there is a missing piece in your life you may be suffering from grief and / or loss.
Post Traumatic Stress
If you are easy to get mad, experiencing flashbacks or having recurring nightmares of an event you cannot seem to wake from. You may have post-traumatic stress.
If you feel unhappy in a relationship and need someone to help you figure out the next steps, or what to do. Especially if there is physical, sexual or emotional abuse.
When you are suffering from chronic pain, it can feel very lonely. If you feel there is no one who understands what you are going through or really need someone to empathize. You are not alone.
You are feeling tired, easily frustrated, annoyed by your work and loved ones, but maybe don't know why.
You feel like you have nowhere left to turn, and the most logical answer is death.
You are struggling to get through to a loved one, or are having challenges communicating and you feel you cannot figure out a way to get through to them, or how to live with them.
Suicidal Thoughts / Actions
Who am I? How can I help?
Valerie Dessaulles, MA, RCC
As a paramedic for 12 years I saw the need for a compassionate, understanding and open person to speak with. This inspired me to complete my Masters' of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University.
Since 2009 I have been in the helping profession - it has been a passion to understand the human body, first as a paramedic, and now as a therapist. The body has an amazing ability to deal with trauma; however, when it becomes overwhelming it may require a helping hand from an external source. This is where both as a paramedic and therapist I have been able to provide a potential alternative way of looking at situations.
It can be so difficult to recognize the effects of trauma in ourselves, so it becomes important to have someone we trust to listen and understand. Through my work as a paramedic I was given the unique opportunity to be trusted by perfect strangers in their time of need. It would be my pleasure to be your trusted advisor during your difficult time. Let me provide what you need to start improving.
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC), and am registered with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).
Through my work thus far I have really enjoyed the diversity of working with many different people and getting to know their background so that sessions can be tailored to suit each person's needs. I have discovered a true passion in counselling and hope to work with you to reach your own unique goals.
"I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.