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Mik Turje

MSW, Registered Social Worker

Provisional #P14812

Mik (they/them) is a registered social worker with a background in healthcare and food security. They hold a Master of Social Work from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Victoria, where they also studied gender and sexuality.

We go to counselling for ourselves, but when we take up our healing, it makes our relationships richer, communities stronger, and the world a better place. In holding space for this work, Mik is consistently inspired by their clients’ capacity to transform life’s challenging experiences into the foundation of their own healing. Clients say Mik is emotionally generous and warm, and that they bring a healthy dose of humour and levity to their sessions. Mik’s practice is informed by intersectional feminism, trauma-awareness, client-centred, and strengths-based frameworks.

Mik weaves diverse life experiences into their role as a counsellor. They have over a decade’s experience working for nonprofit organizations engaging with communities to find solutions to food insecurity, poverty, social isolation, substance use and mental health issues, with a focus on seniors, youth and newcomers. These experiences have taught them that connection to community, support systems and the ability to participate in collective change are crucial to our mental and emotional wellbeing. Mik is transgender and nonbinary and their pronouns are they/them/theirs.

mik@peak-resilience.com

LGBTQI2S+ communities

Transgender/nonbinary/gender-nonconforming communities

Youth/young adults 14+

Kink and sex-positive

Sex worker allied

Nonnormative relationship structures

Life changes/transitions

Motivation & Goal Setting

Self-esteem

Stress and Anxiety

Depression

Body Positivity

Newcomers to Canada

Harm-reduction

DBT-informed

EFT

Mindfulness

Self-Compassion

CBT

Feminist

Trauma informed

Person-centred

ACT

Motivational Interviewing

Relational

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

I’m passionate about the outdoors and love getting my hands in the dirt; I spent four seasons working as an organic farmer on Vancouver Island and in Richmond BC and have completed two multi-month hikes, one through the mountains of New Zealand and one in the Canadian Rockies. These immersive, challenging experiences in close proximity to nature have taught me to have humility, attention to detail and reverence for the unknown, qualities that I bring to my work with clients.

What have you learned from your work?

Healing is far from linear! It’s really common to work through similar issues at different stages of our lives, coming back to them each time with new insights and new experiences. And, every time we think we’ve “failed” it’s really just an opportunity to learn more about ourselves.

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

With counselling, we are moving toward greater meaning, purpose, and becoming big enough to hold all the complexity of life. I find it tremendously rewarding accompanying clients through the inevitable ups and downs of healing work. It’s an honour to travel alongside and witness these incredible journeys.