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Therapy is built on trusting relationships

Your therapist shouldn't be a total mystery to you.
I aim to bring honesty, trust, and transparency to sessions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

While I had always been an outspoken advocate for destigmatizing mental illness, I took an indirect route to counselling. I worked in performing arts, journalism, and communications for the first ten years of my career. Meanwhile, I was following my own mental health journey, learning from dozens of workshops, trainings, retreats, courses, and, of course, my own ever-patient counsellors. (God bless you - you know who you are!).

I began my career in the helping professions by becoming a birth, pregnancy loss, and postpartum doula. Awestruck by families' courage and intimacy, I knew I wanted to forever add to my supportive toolbelt.  I've now completed my MA in Counselling Psychology and am thrilled to be in a career that means so much to me. I now blend my love of writing and performing with my work by creating free content you can find on my blog.
 

It's been my honor to spend the last few years supporting families and their newborns while also working with survivors of sexual assault and abuse. I've now gained experience working with youth, couples, and groups through a variety of challenges including anxiety, depression, PTSD, disordered eating, body image, and transitioning to live in alignment with clients' true gender. 

On a personal note, I am a proudly nonbinary person who identifies as trans and gay. I have ADHD and dyscalculia (so yes, if you leave booking your sessions to me, my mind may scramble the numbers and you might end up with an interesting time! Luckily, clients can book themselves here.) I have a dog and two cats. P, B & J (Prescott, Bruno, and Jasper). I sometimes use a wheelchair. In sessions, I am an open book - but I will only share with you as much as I think would benefit you and your process. 

I am fluent in poly and kink, and take an affirmative and strongly de-stigmatizing approach to those of us who do sex work or use substances.

I believe that our lives and our access to wellbeing are ultimately political: I have also earned degrees in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice from UBC, and a MA in Postcolonial Theory from the University of London, UK. 

Have a question? Want to work together? I love meeting new people - book a free consult and I would be delighted to get to know you a bit. Even if I'm not what you're looking for, I will try to point you in the right direction! 

In solidarity, healing, justice, and hope,

Clay

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Email clay@gathercounselling.com or fill the form below.

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