Meet Rissa

Registered Clinical Counsellor & Trauma Therapist 

(Rissa's pronouns are: she/her). 
I am a Family Systems trained therapist specializing in relational therapy and the treatment of trauma. It is my passion to help my clients uncover their own wisdom and innate ability to heal so that they can live their best lives and experience fulfilling relationships.
Negative life experiences not only affect a person individually but relationally as well. Survivors can begin to experience issues with trust, communication and closeness that often create a pattern of distancing in order to avoid conflict. From my years of training and experience, both personally and professionally, I believe in the power of reconnecting with the self and others to heal.
If you choose me as your therapist, I will invite you to collaborate with me in forming a treatment plan based on your goals with the purpose of reconnecting you to your ideal life.
Working from client-centred and humanistic ideologies, I use a number of relational therapies along with EMDR and somatic-oriented techniques to reduce the impact of trauma on the individual and their loved ones.  Because, after all… 
“For small creatures such as we, the vastness is bearable only through love.” — Carl Sagan
Research has shown that positive outcomes in therapy are strongly linked to the quality of “fit” between client and provider. As such, it is my goal to create a safe, empathic, and affirming space for you to process. If you would like a quick chat before you decide, don’t hesitate to request a free phone consultation.

Education & Training:

  • Certified Canadian Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (#10000860)

  • Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors  (#18833)

  • MSc in Marriage and Family Therapy — Loma Linda University

  • BSc in Psychology - Burman University

  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level I & II

  • Treating Affairs and Trauma - Gottman Institue 

  • Comprehensive EMDR Training with Sue Genest

  • Cybercounselling I & II - Therapy Online

  • Expert Strategies for Working with Anxiety - NICABM

  • How to Target the Limbic System to Reverse Trauma’s Physiological Imprint - NICABM

  • EMDR advanced training: Integrative Neuroaffective, Ego State, and Somatic Therapies for Complex Trauma and Dissociation with Sandra Paulen (in progress)

*Please note: Rissa offers virtual therapy exclusively*