Mental Health Crisis
I began a career in counselling after experiencing my own mental health crisis after the birth of our fourth child. I had severe postpartum depression and anxiety. In my exhaustion and through treatment, 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 along with me in my recovery 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 counselling relationship and this experience shaped my desire to acquire my counselling degree. I knew. My greatest desire is to create a similar space 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 in collaboration with my clients to process and establish the goals of their therapeutic work. I attend ongoing professional development and continually seek out scientifically and clinically proven approaches to counselling work. 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.
Through my training and personal experiences, I know the relationship with your counsellor is key to the counselling process. This is why our office offers the free consultation. If we are not a fit, I am happy to refer you to another office that would suit you better.
"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