Everyone deserves to have a safe place to share their inner most private experiences. Anuschka (she/hers) supports clients as they overcome challenges, develop strengths and skills, and move forward in their lives. With a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria, she has developed an integrative and trauma informed approach to counselling. She guides her clients to achieve clarity, adopt practical tools and techniques, and build a solid foundation in order to create a fulfilling life. Anuschka creates a welcoming environment that is compassionate, respectful and supportive to achieve the best results for her clients.
Anuschka is passionate about community service and both personal and professional self-development. She has over 8 years of combined experience counselling individuals, facilitating group therapy sessions, and developing mental health programs for the community. To support clients’ and their diverse needs, she integrates a variety of theoretical backgrounds, such as Mindfulness Based Therapies, Brief Strategic Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. With clinical experience in the fields of mental health, substance abuse and trauma, Anuschka is skilled in working with people across the lifespan and from a diverse set of backgrounds and cultural contexts.
Outside of Peak-Resilience, Anuschka works at Douglas College as a Clinical Counsellor in Student Affairs and Services. Additionally, she is a co-founder of the YMCA Mindfulness Groups, an innovative set of programs that supports teens and young adults who experience anxiety, across BC. Whether you are considering counselling for the first time or you are looking for a new approach, Anuschka will tailor her services to meet your individual needs and equip you with the tools you need to live a rich and meaningful life.
Addiction and Substance Abuse
Career and Life Transitions
Motivation and Goal Setting
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Mindfulness Based Approaches
Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)
Trauma Informed Therapy
Brief Strategic Therapy
What experience or background do you bring to your counselling and supervision practice that is uniquely yours?
As a teenager and young adult, I saw a handful of counsellors and had some pretty terrible experiences! Those experiences taught me a lot – especially how we as humans can impact each other on so many levels. In counselling, I’m constantly checking in with myself and my clients to ensure I support them in the best ways possible. I feel a strong sense of ethical responsibility to continually educate myself on best practices and develop my counselling skills.
What is your favourite thing about working closely with people every day?
I am blown away by the courage, motivation, and strength that my clients have! When working with people on a deeper level, there is a certain type of energy and momentum that is created - and it can become contagious. I leave my day at the office feeling inspired and awakened in so many ways and it is so rewarding to hear similar stories from the people I work with.
What is a personal challenge that you have overcome in your own life?
Navigating my relationship with my partner as we entered parenthood was challenging. As a new mom, I experienced many highs and lows and the rollercoaster ride took a toll on me and on our relationship. My partner and I had some difficult conversations, were vulnerable, and stepped out of our comfort zones for the betterment of our relationship and the wellbeing of our family. Taking the time to connect on a daily basis, managing realistic expectations of each other, and reminding ourselves of why we chose to be together in the first place has strengthened our relationship.
What have you learned from your work?
The thing I’m constantly reminded of is that pain is inescapable. Sometimes when we are going through really difficult experiences – relationship problems, financial distress, career transitions, and mental health problems - we truly feel alone in the world. The more and more I work with others, the more I am reminded that pain – whether physical, mental, or emotional – is inevitable in life. The more we connect about it, the less time we spend suffering alone.