I'm your ally on the path
Together we can meet the challenge you are facing and find the route that untangles your blocked capacities. As a specialist in Trauma Recovery, I'm passionate about supporting your full resolution of physical, emotional and spiritual challenges, including complicated grief, anxiety, accident or relational traumas, post-traumatic stress (PTSD), chronic pain and chronic stress conditions.
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a MA in Transpersonal Counselling Psychology/Wilderness Therapy from Naropa University. My BA Psychology (Honours) is from University of Calgary. I'm committed to working my own ever deepening path so that I am able to be the most efficient mirror for your own work.
Since 1999, I've been counselling adults from various walks of life and livelihoods, from nurses to executive assistants, to corporate leaders, to yoga teachers and school teachers as well as other therapists. No matter where you come from, I wish to meet you in the middle and offer my hand as an ally on your path to recovering your whole self, remembering and reintegrating the parts of you that got lost along the way. And I'm exuberant about the vistas and visions and new challenges that we can explore as a team as your resourced capacity grows strong.
You can expect our work together to be experiential and present oriented, grounded in compassionate non-judgmental awareness. From trauma to transformation – I will facilitate your individual process with expertise and loving presence.
I look forward to getting started. Your unique journey to fullness awaits.
April Lies, MA RCC SEP
I am located in North Vancouver at 130 Lonsdale, just 1 block from the Lonsdale Quay, easily accessible from downtown Vancouver by Seabus. I have evening hours during the week and can accommodate most scheduling needs.
As well, Zoom sessions are a great option for your added convenience. Lets talk about what works for you.
I use an experiential and body-based mindfulness approach which allows you to accentuate your organism's natural healing trajectory.
This is not about re-programming you or using behaviourally oriented strategies to get you to be different.
By setting up a responsive and mindful therapy relationship, I support you to make contact with your truth and wisdom unfolding in your unique here-and-now experience. Thats where real growth and change are possible, at the intersection of mindful compassion and clear seeing.
You will take away tools for emotional regulation and stress management that you can use in your daily life. And you will have more access to the authentic you that has been aching to come forward.
I have specialized training as a trauma counsellor, which includes extensive post graduate training in Somatic Experiencing Trauma Resolution (Somatic Experiencing Practitioner) and Hakomi Body Psychotherapy.
As a Registered Clinical Counsellor, your extended benefit package may cover my services. I am also an Employee and Family Program (EFAP) assistance provider, and Crime Victim Assistance Program approved counsellor.