Olive Branch Counselling
The olive branch is typically seen as a symbol of peace and victory. In the bible (Genesis 8:11) a dove returns to Noah's ark carrying an olive leaf in its beak, providing hope for the future.
Life can be difficult to navigate during the best of times and having a professional, caring counsellor to guide you through your darkest or most challenging moments will empower you to find your strengths no matter your issue.
Olive Branch Counselling strives to support you, exactly where you are at, seeking to help you find a sense of peace, victory and hope within your life. No matter the challenge we strive to help you reach your goals by providing you with the tools and support you need to do so.
My name is Stephanie (she/her) and I live and work in Chilliwack, BC, Canada where I am a settler on the traditional and unceded territory of the Stó:lō First Nations.
Sharing my home is my husband, 3 children (ages 13, 15 & 20) and our 2 dogs! When I am not providing counselling services, I am working as a registered social worker on a mental health team in federal corrections or spending time with my family, reading a good novel or gardening.
I have a Master Degree of Social Work from the University of Waterloo and over 12 years of experience in the mental health field. I practice anti-oppressive social work and provide therapy from a strengths-based, person-centred perspective. I have an eclectic style with training in Systems Theory, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Brief Solution-Focused Therapy, Brain-Body Based Therapy and Emotion-Focused Family Therapy. I provide trauma therapy through a trauma-informed lens and utilize Brainspotting techniques. In addition, at a client's request, I can offer counselling using a Christian world-view in any area of need.
I am a registered social worker with the BC College of Social Workers and a member of the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW), BC Association of Social Workers, the Brainspotting Canada Association and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). I strictly adhere to the CASW Code of Ethics and believe understanding the social determinants of health within a bio-psycho-social-spiritual model is essential for providing social work and counselling services.