Alex Curtis

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Background

I have always loved helping people and learning about human psychology. I feel especially privileged to be working with the Avery Therapy Centre team as a Registered Clinical Counsellor where I get to combine my two passions! Born and raised in North Vancouver, I attained a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of British Columbia and a master's in counselling psychology from City University of Seattle's Vancouver Campus. During my studies, I developed an interest in trauma as I began to realize that we will likely all experience varying levels of trauma throughout our lifetime. Having written my thesis on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the best treatment options available, I knew early on in my career that I would like to give my clients an evidenced-based treatment option for healing complex trauma; therefore, I am extremely excited to be enrolled in Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) training and will be certified by December 2021.

 

I completed my internship at Gordon Neighbourhood House where I worked with clients from backgrounds, diverse abilities, and a wide range of presenting problems such as mood and personality disorders, complex trauma or PTSD, grief, familial or relationship difficulties, and anxiety. After graduating, I began working with individuals who are coping with Post-Concussion Syndrome, mild traumatic brain injuries, and chronic pain. My role has been to provide clients with coping tools to assist with various life changes, feelings of hopelessness, anxiety, fluctuations in mood, and various types of grief. In my spare time, you can find me practicing yoga, spending time with family and friends, or enjoying the beautiful sights Vancouver has to offer.

 

Therapeutic Approach

I understand how messy, intimidating, and overwhelming therapy can be, which is why I strive to provide a supportive, non-judgemental counselling environment for all my clients. I work from a solution-focused and strengths-based perspective, with an emphasis on attachment, mindfulness, psychoeducation, and trauma-informed CBT. My favourite part of therapy is getting to work with clients to identify core beliefs and challenge those pesky negative thoughts. I have worked with clients in person, by phone, and virtually, both on a long-term and short-term basis. I pick my therapeutic approach based on my client’s needs, goals, and timeline.

 

I provide my clients with various resources, and worksheets to encourage continued learning outside the counselling space. Client care and advocacy are important to me so if I don’t have the right tools you need, I won’t stop searching until I do! Coping with intense emotions can be stressful and heavy, so I enjoy bringing a light energy and some laughter into the counselling room when appropriate. As the saying goes, laughter truly is the best medicine!

 

I believe in the neuroplasticity of the mind and that we possess the power to shape and mold it to create positive and lasting changes. There is no “right way” to do therapy so I encourage my clients to come as they are and be their authentic self. As a true extrovert, I genuinely enjoy being around people and find the career of counselling extremely rewarding.

My availability can be found here.

"When you’re having a battle between logic and emotion, emotion always wins." – Marisa Peer

Education and Training

//   City University of Seattle Vancouver Campus

Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology

 

//   University of British Columbia

 Bachelor's Degree in Psychology

//   EMDR Training by Amanda Bell

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

//   Workshop

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

//   Workshop

Kids Have Stress Too

Rates

Individual Counselling (50 mins): $130 + GST

Individual Counselling (75 mins): $195 + GST

Alex is unable to accept clients on a sliding scale at this time. If you require a lower fee, please contact us.

Information regarding payment, insurance coverage, and cancellation policies can be found here.