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Christina Chu

Christina Chu

Background

Hi there, my name is Christina and I am an intern counsellor with Avery Therapy Center. I was born in China and immigrated to Canada with my parents as a child. Since then, I've lived all over Canada in both small Northern communities and large cities, finally settling in Metro Vancouver. I graduated with a Bachelors degree in Applied Science from UBC, and spent time working in Canada, U.S., Japan and China. I am grateful for my exposure to different cultures and workplaces as they have not only granted me an appreciation for different cultural nuances and values. I believe there is no one right way to do things, and that we all have something unique to offer to this world.


I eventually came to realize what I truly value above all was human connection and community. I have been a crisis line volunteer for over 2 years, and I am currently pursuing a Master of Counselling degree at City University in Vancouver in order to take on a role where I can be there for others in their time of need. I believe in the transformative power of therapy and the immense potential within each individual to create meaningful change. My goal is to provide a place where my clients can truly be themselves. I am dedicated to walking alongside you on your journey towards mental and emotional well-being, supporting you every step of the way.

 

Therapeutic Approach

My approach to counseling emphasizes active listening, empathy, and creating a safe space where clients feel heard and valued. The main therapeutic modalities that inform my practice are Person-centred therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Emotion-focused therapy (EFT), as well as Gottman and Emotionally-focused therapy (EFT) for couples. I am also interested in incorporating Eye Movement Desensitization Therapy (EMDR) and other mindfulness/somatic-based therapies.

I approach everything through a trauma-informed, multicultural lens. I am dedicated to continuous professional development and am enthusiastic about learning different evidence-based practices. I work in an integrative, flexible manner and will work with you to find an approach that best suits you. Reaching out for support is a courageous step, and I hope to provide a safe, non-judgemental space for you to explore your feelings, gain clarity, and develop coping strategies, empowering you to navigate this world with greater resilience and confidence.

My online booking link can be found here.

All of us, at some time or other, need help. Whether we're giving or receiving help, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world.

- Mr. Rogers

Rates

Individual Counselling (50 mins): $50 + GST

Individual Counselling (75 mins): $75 + GST

Relationship Counselling (50 mins): $65 + GST

Relationship Counselling (75 mins): $84.50 + GST

Open to couples, families, LGBTQ2S+, and open/polyam/CNM relationships.

Availability

Mondays: in-person & virtual, 4pm to 9pm

Wednesdays: virtual, 12pm to 5pm*

Sundaysin-person & virtual, 10am to 3pm

*Wednesdays available starting March 2024

Expected Practicum Completion: October 2024

Christina 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.

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