Meet Nilou 

Registered Clinical Counsellor 

(Nilou's pronouns are: she/her). 

Nilou Esmaeilpour provides therapy for individuals, couples, and families, as well as parenting support sessions. Her practice draws from various therapeutic modalities such as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), Somatic Experiencing, AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy), and IFS (Internal Family Systems).


She has completed several advanced level EMDR training certifications including working with shame, structural dissociation, and other complex issues. She engages in ongoing consultation with experts in the field.


Research shows that trauma hijacks the thinking brain and overwhelms the nervous system with alarms, stress hormones, and sensations that may be easily triggered by everyday events. This kind of trauma doesn’t respond well to reason because the nervous system continues to respond in ways that bypass the thinking brain. 


Nilou uses a “bottom-up" approach to treatment that connects the thinking parts of the brain with the trauma-altered survival system to support self-soothing and nervous system regulation.  


Nilou believes that the wisdom of our body, our emotions, and that which lies beyond our thinking brain leads us to the deeper truth of our being.


As Rumi wrote: 


“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”

Nilou is a registered provider with the ICBC, Crime Victims Assistance Program (CVAP), the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA).


Education & Training:

  • Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors  (#15289)

  • MSc in clinical psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy – Shahid Beheshti University

  • Somatic Experiencing® with Abi Blakeslee (Intermediate level)

  • AEDP Immersion training with Diana Fosha

  • EMDR treatment planning with survivors of complex, early neglect and abuse with Andrew Leeds  

  • Comprehensive EMDR training – Compassion works

  • EMDR consultations with Andrew Leeds

  • Emotion Focused Family Therapy – Mental Health Foundations

  • Indigenous Cultural Safety – Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA)

  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Skills with Marsha Linehan

  • Emotionally Focused Externship Training – Vancouver Couple and Family Institute

  • Essentials of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, CBT for Anxiety and Depression, CBT for Personality Disorders – Beck Institute

  • Treating Dissociative Disorders with EMDR: The Progressive Approach; EMDR Therapy for Suicidal Clients and Self-harming Behaviors; Working with Hostile Voices and Parts of the Personality in Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorders with Dolores Mosquera