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Allie Montoya

MA., Practicum Student

Allie (she/her) aims to create a safe space where people feel understood and truly comfortable opening up. Believing a great therapeutic relationship is essential for positive growth and change within counselling, she fosters a genuine, trusting alliance, providing insight and tools for growth. Allie is flexible in her approach with every client, understanding that every person and presenting concern is individual and unique. Walking alongside her clients on their journey of self-discovery and empowerment, she uses humour and kindness to provide support through a trauma-informed, anti-oppressive lens.

Driven to give back to her community, Allie started volunteering at the BC Crisis Center in 2017 and was then drawn to a career in counselling as a result of her experience. Given her undergraduate degree was in an unrelated field, starting over academically required a lot of work and commitment. She shares this because she wants those considering her as their counsellor to know that she is driven, passionate about counselling, and human, having learned many humbling lessons in her own personal journey of growth and self-discovery.

Allie is currently completing her Master’s of Counselling Psychology at Adler University in Vancouver and was the recipient of the university’s Social Justice Scholarship in 2020.

Outside of Peak Resilience, you can find Allie hiking, camping, or exploring the outdoors, dreaming of her next travel plans, dancing to live music, or walking her dog Lemon around her neighbourhood.

Trauma

Anxiety

Depression

Burnout

Stress Management and Reduction

Relationship Difficulties

Family Counselling

Communication Skills

Career and Life Transitions

Grief & Loss

Self-Worth and Personal Growth

Goal Setting and Motivation

Feminist

Trauma-Informed

Existential/Humanistic

Person-Centered

Culturally Competent

Strengths-Based

Mindfulness

Motivational interviewing

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Family Systems

Relationship Counselling

What experience or background do you bring to your counselling and supervision practice that is uniquely yours?

I grew up in a Latin country with a Latin father and an American mother. Despite spending most of my life in Mexico, I was always known and recognized as a foreigner within my community. After moving to Canada to attend university, I was again considered a foreigner. I loved growing up abroad but have always felt conflicted over my cultural heritage and identity. I bring to every counselling session an understanding of how one can feel foreign within their own community, and the impact that can have on one’s mental wellbeing.

What is your favourite thing about working closely with people every day?

The raw, genuine, honest human connection. Being able to show up for someone, support them, and walk alongside them through their personal journeys of self-discovery and empowerment is a privilege.