Christine Clarke

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Christine Clarke, MSc. RCC, is a mother, a wife and a perpetual challenge seeker. As a clinical counsellor she brings a long term, genuine commitment to all aspects of her practice and holds sincere respect and compassion for the people that she works for. She has been supporting individuals in working towards positive change for over 15 years. This has included addressing concerns such as depression and anxiety, trauma and abuse substance use, grief and loss, as well as parenting support and relational challenges.

In addition to conventional therapeutic techniques, when appropriate Christine may also integrate progressive approaches that are supported by current scientific research:

Somatic Experiencing – re-regulation of the nervous system after experiencing trauma such as accidents or abuse (which may have manifested as depression, anxiety, chronic pain, etc.). The person is not required to relive or retell a traumatic event. Christine has found that some clients can have profound positive changes with Somatic Experiencing and has been deeply inspired by this practice.

Experiential Counselling– incorporating adventure-based or nature-based activities creating an opportunity to make tangible connections between clients’ own actions, perceptions, or challenges and how they can make change in their own lives.

Christine’s approach to client work is collaborative, warm, and authentic. She enjoys meeting new people helping people set and achieve personal goals. Seeing people experience long sought-after and profound change is exciting to her. She takes her work seriously though she often brings her innate sense of humour and her authentic self to her sessions.

Christine‘s childhood was spent moving between the city and rural farmland of Alberta. She left to travel and a year later found herself in Victoria where she acquired her Bachelor of Science, then settled in Tofino for 15 years and attended a limited residency program at Prescott in Arizona to complete her Masters of Science in Mental Health Counselling. The Kootenays is a new adventure for her family and they are enjoying all the new outdoor pursuits.

Christine’s approach to work and life are not too different: valuing community contribution and humility, while seeking out change and challenge. When she’s not at work she’s likely somewhere outside with her family or….

“You can’t discover new oceans if you don’t have courage to lose sight of the shore”.