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Linnea Saltel

MCP, RCC #19061

As a counsellor, Linnea (She/her/hers) strives to create a safe and comfortable environment to enable clients to feel empowered and true to themselves. She believes that for all people to heal, counselling should be culturally-sensitive, trauma-informed, and respectful.Linnea is truly curious about people and feels honoured to witness people’s stories and help provide tools and support that is appropriate to the individual and their unique circumstances. Linnea has been told that she is caring, resourceful, genuine, and creative.

Linnea has a variety of experience working in helping roles over the past twelve years. She has worked as a college counsellor, substance use recovery centre counsellor, project manager and volunteer coordinator at a harm reduction organization, front-desk and intake at a women’s shelter, and research assistant in the department of social psychology at UVic. She holds a Master of Counselling Psychology from Adler University as well as a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Major in Psychology) from the University of Victoria. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC).

Outside of her work at Peak Resilience, Linnea can be found running, hitting the gym, cycling, making art, walking her dog (a mini husky named Reno), reading, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Anxiety

Depression

Perfectionism

Trauma

Motivation and goal setting

Communication and social skills

Substance Use and Harm reduction

Life Transitions

Burnout

Relationship Concerns

School and Career

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

Trauma-Informed Therapy

Somatic/body Approaches

Intersectional Feminist and Anti-Oppressive Approaches

Solution-Focused Therapy

What’s a personal challenge you have overcome in your own life?

When I was 19 I went through a personal tragedy that had a profound impact on me and the trajectory of my life. Seemingly overnight, I had to “grow up quick”. I subsequently developed PTSD, depression, and disordered eating. Since those initial years - although I do still have my struggles (being the human that I am!) - I have certainly healed in a multitude of ways I certainly would not have thought possible at the time. I attribute much of my healing to what I’ve learned through attending my own counselling. I feel so much gratitude for the path that I am on in my life and for the helpful people I’ve met along the way.

What have you learned from your work?

I have learned that many of the challenges that individuals face are shared amongst others. It can be normalizing knowing that others may feel the same way you do. I believe that people share more similarities than differences in our human experience, and that no one is truly alone.

What experience or background do you bring that’s uniquely yours?

I am a bit of a nerd! I love to read (when I make time for it), and I always want to know more about the research side of counselling and psychology in general, and how I can apply what I learn in practice. Truthfully, I probably own too many books!

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

That every person has a unique story to share, and that I have the honour of getting to know such stories. I’m constantly amazed over how resilient and remarkable people can be!