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Lauren Phelan

BA, MA, Registered Clinical Counsellor

Please note: Lauren will be taking maternity leave starting in June 2021.

Lauren works to nurture a warm and collaborative relationship with clients, bringing a trauma-informed and intersectional feminist approach to counselling. Lauren believes that the quality of our relationships can deeply impact the quality of our lives, and she tends to integrate attachment-based perspectives to gain a fuller sense of the unique relational context of each individual.

Lauren is passionate about supporting clients navigating life transitions, identity development, and sexuality. She actively tailors her therapeutic approach to meet the unique needs and goals of each client.

Lauren holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from UBC and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. Lauren’s clinical experience has led her to work in non-profit, educational, and community settings with adolescents, adults, and intimate relationships. Lauren also has a special interest in reproductive mental health (her Master’s thesis examined experiences of pregnancy after stillbirth) and she is a trained birth doula.

lauren@peak-resilience.com

Sexuality and sexual identity

Relationships and alternative relationship structures

Trauma

Life transitions

Anxiety

Depression

Reproductive mental health

Grief and Loss

Emotionally-Focused Therapy

Internal Family Systems

Psychodynamic Therapy

Mindfulness and body integration

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

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

I’ve learned that counselling is most effective when clients feel like they can fully be themselves. It’s also easier to connect with our intuition when we feel uninhibited, so it’s important to me to create a space where clients feel like they can bring out the candid, spontaneous, and raw sides of themselves.

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

It’s amazing to witness someone discover an ‘aha moment’ that entirely shifts their perspective about a situation or about how they understand themselves. These moments are hugely powerful and can create permanent change. Being present for these moments gives me so much energy and fuels my love for this work.

What is a personal challenge that you have overcome in your own life?

As a former people pleaser and a sensitive person, I struggled with setting boundaries and saying ‘no’ for a lot of my life. Learning to feel comfortable setting and maintaining clear boundaries has actually allowed me to feel more generous with my time and energy, and keeps me more connected to my own intuition and my needs.

What have you learned from your work?

I am constantly struck by our capacity for resilience and the shared humanity at the heart of all of our struggles.