Mental Health Crisis
After the birth of our fourth child, I experienced severe postpartum depression and anxiety. In my exhaustion, I felt the sting of stigmatization and experienced loneliness and isolation. Friends and family did not know how to help. The depletion that came with the depression drove me to seek professional help. I found a counsellor who walked alongside me in my recovery. Together, we went through some very dark places. I experienced trust, acceptance, and empathy, and the relationship with this 'trusted other' was critical to my healing.
I am deeply grateful for this experience with a counselling relationship and it has shaped my desire to pursue counselling professionally. My greatest desire is to create similar spaces where others feel safe to process the areas of life that keep them stuck, anxious or unsettled.
Work and Education
I earned my Bachelors of Education degree from the University of Victoria and began work as an elementary school teacher. After teaching for a few years, I took a hiatus from work outside the home to welcome and care for our four children. As the kids moved into middle school, I returned to school and acquired my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology.
I work collaboratively with clients. I attend ongoing professional development and continually seek out scientifically and clinically proven approaches. My passion is to walk with my clients as they experience transformation. The journey involves being with another, primarily, because we should never go to these dark places alone.
"My greatest desire is to create a space where it feels safe to share and process those areas of life that keep client’s stuck, depressed, anxious and unsettled."
Tracey Dahl, MA, RCC