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I respectfully acknowledge that I find joy, healing, and meaning on the land and sea of unceded Traditional Coast Salish Land of the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples (Songhees and Esquimalt Nations) and the W̱SÁNEĆ peoples (Tsartlip, Pauquachin, Tsawout, Tseycum, and Malahat Nations).

Ally to minority individuals including folks with disabilities; people of colour; indigenous folks; transgender; and diverse sexual orientations including lesbian, gay, bisexual, etc.

About Kevin Berry

Welcome!

          I chose to become a counsellor because at my core, I want others to feel encouraged to tell their story and empowered to have the life they want. My clients have described me as easy to talk to – perhaps because I approach conversations with warmth, compassionate curiosity, and a dash of enthusiasm. I’ve been told I ask good questions that help them to grow leaps and bounds as they carefully “peel back the layers” in a way that makes sense to them.

          My goal is to help you to be the person you want to be and live the life you want to live. I will hold your concerns with care and support you to take risks – when you say you are ready – knowing that you are safe and capable.

You choose the trailheads we follow.

          Whether supporting couples or individuals, for me, counselling is a journey we take together where your safety, your hopes, and your goals are our north star. We each bring a backpack of knowledge and expertise; but ultimately you are in control, and you have the choice of the pacing and the trailheads we explore. Occasionally I may check in with you, asking you if it’s okay if we explore something that I think might be relevant to helping you achieve your goals; but because everyone has a different way of doing things, feeling things, and thinking about things; I make sure to tailor my approach to what works best for you.

Finding your way forward. Together.

          Coming to counselling is an investment of your time, your money, and your mental/emotional energy. To honour that commitment, I like to check in with my clients to see how we’re doing to make sure that they feel benefited by the work. I want you to get what you want out of therapy, so I will regularly ask for feedback about how our work is going to make sure we’re on track with your goals, and if not, we would collaborate on a plan to adjust where you want to go and how we’re going to get there.

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As a minority myself, I choose to stand as an ally for others.

          As a short-statured individual, I have had my own experiences of navigating a world not built for someone like me. Thus, as an ally to others who have faced challenges being accepted as they are, I work with people from all walks of life and provide affirmative, inclusive counselling for individuals of all genders, ethnicities, sexual orientations, range of physical (dis-)abilities, and relationship styles (e.g., monogamy, consensual non-monogamy). However, I also recognize that speaking to someone with lived experience of what you’re going through can be incredibly validating and healing; so, although I welcome you to work with me, if you find that you would prefer to speak with someone who has similar experiences to you that I simply don’t have, I can refer you to one of my trusted colleagues.

Ally to minority individuals including folks with disabilities; people of colour; indigenous folks; transgender; and diverse sexual orientations including lesbian, gay, bisexual, etc.
I love helping people to explore the structures – within and outside of themselves – that hold them back from accepting themselves, feeling confident in managing their emotions, and creating fulfilling relationships through communication that connects, rather than alienates.

My Approach

I take a person-centred approach that honours your strengths, abilities, and preferences.

I believe healing and wellness comes from experiencing our emotions within a safe and secure relationship.

Areas of Focus

  • Relationship issues

  • Trauma & complex trauma

  • Identity development

  • Career development

  • Counselling for persons / families of persons with physical disabilities

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Major life transitions

  • Grief & loss

  • Shame & self-worth

  • Substance use management

  • Tailored to you.
    What works for you and what you need is my priority, and I will seek feedback regularly to ensure you are getting what you want out of therapy.
  • Strengths are honoured.
    You’ve gotten this far in your life and in your relationships, which tells me that you have a wellspring of innate strengths that can be called upon and developed further to support you to create the life you want.
  • Trauma-Informed Practice.
    I consider how adverse life experiences may impact our work, and take steps to make sure you feel safe and comfortable through respectful curiosity, collaboration, and regular check-ins.
  • Here-and-now.
    I focus on what is happening in the consultation room, in the here-and-now; the more we have a different in-the-moment experience, the more our body can re-calibrate and shift old adverse experiences into new helpful ways of being.
  • Relational.
    Often how we show up in the consultation room is how we show up in the real world. Knowing this, I will be curious about how you experience our relationship, and its impact on you.
  • Attachment-focused.
    From birth to death, our relationships with others impact us to our core both positively and negatively. Through developing a strong relationship, I hope to help you feel more secure in your relationships with others.
  • Emotion-focused.
    Emotions do three things for us: they provide us information, they help to make order from the chaos of life, and they motivate us. There is a saying "no bad emotions, only bad expression." Thus, I will accept your emotions as they come up, and be curious about what they're trying to tell you.
  • Systemic.
    No one is an island. We are all influenced by what's going on inside of us, the people and circumstances that influence us beyond our control, and the larger structures of society that have an impact on us. In terms of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, if your basic needs for safety, security, food and shelter are not met, this will have a profound impact on how you experience life. I take a "personal is political" approach to be mindful of the ways "the person is not the problem, the problem is the problem."
  • Culturally sensitive.
    We are each part of multiple cultural pockets, whether it is our family, a friend group, a group based on some shared diversity factors. To support you, I strive to develop my understanding of cultures different than my own; and where I am unfamiliar, I take a curious and affirmative stance towards cultural practices that you believe are impacting your mental, physical, and spiritual health.
  • Past informs present.
    Past experiences leave their imprint on us, from even before we could talk. Childhood is an explosion of brain development - which largely continues through to our late twenties; so there are times when having a better sense of what came before can help us for what comes next.
  • Living into a preferred story.
    Since time immemorial, humans have been storytellers. Sharing personal narratives, crafting metaphors, and imagining the future can bring order to what might otherwise feel like a chaotic experience of living.

Education and Training

          I completed a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology from Simon Fraser University. I am currently licensed as a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors with a license application for Canadian Certified Counsellor pending with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. I have helped many folks from all walks of life–my early training focused on working with couples seeking support in their closest relationship, and working with individuals seeking support to address relational trauma, cope with disability, change their relationship with addictions and substance use, grieve, and cope with a variety of mental health diagnoses.

          I use an integrative trauma-informed, intersectional, and sex positive approach, and I work flexibly from several therapeutic modalities with a focus on present-moment experience, including Emotion-Focused Therapy for couples and individuals, Internal Family Systems, and Narrative Therapy.

          I continue to receive regular clinical supervision and take additional training to expand my knowledge and skillset to better help others. As a privileged white, cisgender, disabled man, it is very important to me that I continue deepening my understanding of issues of which I do not have lived experience and shifting the harmful underlying beliefs I have internalized living in a colonial and patriarchal society.

 

          Outside of my work as a counsellor, I am a songwriter, a pianist, an Ableton recording artist, and an active officer of the non-profit organization Little People of British Columbia (LPBC). You might also find me out on the water in a kayak.

Continuing Education

          To maintain RCC licensure in good standing, it is required that counsellors engage in continuing education. Below is the additional training I have completed to broaden my skills in service of helping others.

  • Tailored to you.
    What works for you and what you need is my priority, and I will seek feedback regularly to ensure you are getting what you want out of therapy.
  • Strengths are honoured.
    You’ve gotten this far in your life and in your relationships, which tells me that you have a wellspring of innate strengths that can be called upon and developed further to support you to create the life you want.
  • Trauma-Informed Practice.
    I consider how adverse life experiences may impact our work, and take steps to make sure you feel safe and comfortable through respectful curiosity, collaboration, and regular check-ins.
  • Here-and-now.
    I focus on what is happening in the consultation room, in the here-and-now; the more we have a different in-the-moment experience, the more our body can re-calibrate and shift old adverse experiences into new helpful ways of being.
  • Relational.
    Often how we show up in the consultation room is how we show up in the real world. Knowing this, I will be curious about how you experience our relationship, and its impact on you.
  • Attachment-focused.
    From birth to death, our relationships with others impact us to our core both positively and negatively. Through developing a strong relationship, I hope to help you feel more secure in your relationships with others.
  • Emotion-focused.
    Emotions do three things for us: they provide us information, they help to make order from the chaos of life, and they motivate us. There is a saying "no bad emotions, only bad expression." Thus, I will accept your emotions as they come up, and be curious about what they're trying to tell you.
  • Systemic.
    No one is an island. We are all influenced by what's going on inside of us, the people and circumstances that influence us beyond our control, and the larger structures of society that have an impact on us. In terms of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, if your basic needs for safety, security, food and shelter are not met, this will have a profound impact on how you experience life. I take a "personal is political" approach to be mindful of the ways "the person is not the problem, the problem is the problem."
  • Culturally sensitive.
    We are each part of multiple cultural pockets, whether it is our family, a friend group, a group based on some shared diversity factors. To support you, I strive to develop my understanding of cultures different than my own; and where I am unfamiliar, I take a curious and affirmative stance towards cultural practices that you believe are impacting your mental, physical, and spiritual health.
  • Past informs present.
    Past experiences leave their imprint on us, from even before we could talk. Childhood is an explosion of brain development - which largely continues through to our late twenties; so there are times when having a better sense of what came before can help us for what comes next.
  • Living into a preferred story.
    Since time immemorial, humans have been storytellers. Sharing personal narratives, crafting metaphors, and imagining the future can bring order to what might otherwise feel like a chaotic experience of living.

Ready to get started?

Get in touch.

If you have comments or questions, please send me a message or call/text 672-202-3956. I do my best to respond within 24-48 hours.

In-person sessions are offered by appointment at the DataTech Business Centre (1095 McKenzie Ave Suite 300, Victoria, BC V8P 2L5).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TYPICAL CLINIC HOURS

 

Monday: 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tuesday: 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Wednesday: 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday: 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday: 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday: 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday: 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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