Registered Clinical Counsellor
Barbara Clay (Pattison) is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, holds a BA in Psychology and a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology. Barb holds additional registration with the Crime Victims Assistance Program (CVAP) and the Canadian Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and is an affiliate EAP provider with PPC Canada.
As a Clinical Counsellor who specializes in trauma, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and abuse and neglect, she adapts a treatment plan for individuals using a variety of techniques. Trained as an Adlerian therapist Barb integrates additional techniques including Hypnosis, Emotional Freedom Technique, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Art Therapy for Trauma, Dialectic Behaviour Therapy, Solution-Focused and Sensorimotor Therapy for Trauma.
Barb believes that counselling can give greater insight into an individual’s life; their strengths, fears, attachment styles, emotions and behaviours creating an understanding as to how one approaches work, relationships, and parenting the way they do. She assists clients in exploring negative thought patterns, their relationship between emotions, food and body image, how to build skills and resources to effectively handle stress, depression and anxiety as well as learning relaxation and emotional regulation skills for symptom reduction.
Counselling offers a safe place to recognize patterns, process information and work through the various struggles one may be facing. Barb firmly believes that people have the ability to change and that people are able to be active and creative during the change process. She uses an individual’s strengths to help them navigate transitions in an effort towards growth and transformation. Respect and encouragement are the foundations of her counselling relationships.
Barb views health and wellness from a holistic standpoint, recognizing that treatment is most valuable when working with all aspects of a person and their health. She explores the mind-body connection and how physical and mental health work together to bring balance to an individual.
Barb is actively involved in the community offering support, on a voluntary basis, facilitating a cancer support group for women through Friends for Life Foundation. She also enjoys volunteering with Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities supporting children, teens and adults who experience physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities.
Barb is currently seeing clients Monday afternoon and early evenings and Wednesdays afternoon and evenings. A sliding scale is available. Please contact the clinic at 604-558-2288