Raelene believes that by experiencing connection within the therapeutic counselling relationship we can foster better connection with ourselves, our relationships and the world around us. Raelene focuses on creating an open and safe therapeutic relationship where you can discover your authentic self. She also uses feminist and intersectional frameworks to help clients situate themselves and their families in a wider context to better understand themselves and their relationships.
With a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology, a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology, and her experience as a yoga teacher, Raelene brings a holistic approach to counselling. In her work, Raelene uses a trauma-informed approach while honouring the relationship between physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing. Raelene has over 10 years experience working with youth and young adults in diverse settings including wilderness therapy, residential treatment and outreach. Here is a question and answer article from Raelene about what motivates her to do this work.
Outside of Peak Resilience, Raelene coordinates the Culturally Relevant Urban Wellness program, a land-based program that connects youth to Indigenous Elders, knowledge-keepers and teachings at the UBC farm. When she’s not working, Raelene can be found mountain biking with her dog!
Problematic substance use
Stress reduction and management
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)