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Clinical Counselling Services
in Vancouver and online
Meet Vanessa

My Approach

It’s daunting to search for the right help when you find yourself struggling to even manage emotions or make sense of your thoughts. You may be in the midst of a life transition or carrying the deep pain of loss, whether that of a loved one or an old way of life. You may find yourself numbing or distancing from your feelings and thoughts- the best survival strategy may be just protecting yourself from what’s beneath the surface.

The hardest part of counselling are those first tentative steps that lead you to send that first email or bring you to the counsellor’s door. We need to feel grounded with and connected to our counsellors. We need to able to trust our counsellor to hold and help unpack our stories. My hope is that I can provide the warmth, safety, and understanding you need to access those most tender parts of your life.


My approach is drawn from trauma informed, mind and body-based approaches with a specialization in grief and loss. With each session I seek to foster safety and trust within the counselling relationship and, collaboratively, untangle all the ways you find yourself stuck- whether due to the emotions, thoughts, or the physical reactions you have to the threats you experience in the world.

Approaches in Therapy

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

  • Trauma-informed

  • Attachment theory based 

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)

  • Somatic and Sensorimotor approaches

  • Mindfulness

  • Family Systems

Professional Licensure and Degrees

Registered Clinical Counsellor 

Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology

Bachelor of Science

BC Association of Clinical Counsellors

University of British Columbia

Simon Fraser University

Professional Experience and Training

  • Eye movement and desensitization therapy (EMDR) Basic Training, EMDRIA Dr. Marshall Wilensky

  • AEDP: An Overview from the Ground Up Workshop, Canadian AEDP Society & Institute

  • The Science of Trust and Repair: Helping Couples Heal, Drs. John and Julie Schwartz Gottman

  • Grief and Loss Training for Professionals (Level 1), Living Through Loss Counselling Society

  • Counsellor, Vancouver Hospice Society

  • Counsellor, Mood Disorders Association

  • Counsellor, New Tides Counselling and Wellness

  • Counsellor, Vancouver Community College

  • Counsellor, New Westminster Counselling Centre

Why Counselling

What I Can Help With

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Grief & Loss

Romantic partners



Death of a family member
Family illness
Anticipatory grief
Relationship break up

Major Life Transitions

Career/education changes


Changes in family or relationships

Spiritual exploration

Family caregiving

Low Self-Esteem


Changing Mood

Stress Management

Survivors of abuse
Early childhood
Complex grief

“I will not die an unlived life
I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire
I choose to inhabit my days,
To allow my living to open me,
To make me less afraid,
More accessible,
To loosen my heart
Until it becomes a wing,
A torch, a promise...”

-Dawna Markova-

Services & Rates


I provide individual counselling for adults of all ages and from all walks of life. My approach is drawn from evidence-based, trauma informed, mind and body-based approaches. I bring safety, authenticity and warmth to the counselling space where together, we can work towards the healing you long for.


Whether you seek to process grief and loss, repair ruptured relationships, heal from childhood trauma, or overcome anxiety or depression, I believe finding the 'right' counsellor is essential. Trust and safety in the counselling relationship is the foundation to healing.

Contact me to find out whether ours is the right connection to continue your healing journey. I offer a free 20 minute consult call, which provides you with the opportunity to ask questions, explore my counselling process, and see whether we might be a good fit. 

Contact me for a free 20 minute consult call to ask any questions about the counselling process and see whether we might be the right fit.

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Individual counselling

$140 + GST per 50 minute session
+ GST per 75 minute session (EMDR)
E-transfer, cash or credit card are accepted as payment
Sliding scale - Limited availability, inquire to find out more 

Please note that where possible, a credit card will be asked to be kept on file in the case of no shows, late cancellations or delayed payments

Insurance Coverage

Counselling with a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) is covered by many extended health insurance plans such as Sun Life or Manulife. Please contact your insurance provider to determine your coverage details.

Cancellation Policy

Please note that I require a 48-hour notice of cancellation whenever possible. For sessions cancelled between 24 and 48 hours prior to your appointment, half of the session fee will be charged. For missed appointments, or less than 24 hours notice, the full amount will be charged. 


Connect with me

I look forward to connecting with you soon.
I will respond to your enquiry within 48 hours.

Contact Info



Unit 202- 1651 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, B.C.

I respectfully acknowledge that I am an uninvited settler living and working on the traditional, stolen, and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nations

Vanessa Silva Counselling Services

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