Cindy Chong (she/her)
My name is Cindy Chong (she/her) and I am an intern at Avery Therapy Centre. I was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario and moved around Ontario before moving here to Vancouver. I hold an Honours Bachelor in Behavioural Psychology and am currently pursuing my Masters in Counselling Psychology. I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work in different environments including, youth, adults with disabilities, substance use, and mental illness.
Throughout my experiences and education, it has drawn me to want to help people achieve their best selves. It is okay to reach out for help and it can be a big first step. I hope to help you succeed by working through obstacles and helping you to reach your future goals. I find it truly fulfilling to be able to help others. My goal is to continue to expand on my knowledge to help others from diverse backgrounds. Outside of counselling, I enjoy spending time outdoors, spending time with friends and family, and watching hockey.
My approach is to work from a person-centered theory. I draw from a culturally responsive and socially just practice and a trauma-informed lens. I also integrate tools from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness, humanistic, strength-based, and solution-based therapy. My belief is that our past experiences do not define our future and we are able to make changes as we see fit. Our minds are powerful, and we can do anything we put our minds to.
I also believe that no one knows you better than you know yourself, I ask questions to help better understand you, your experiences, and your worldview. No two people are the same so different approaches and tools will be used to fit your needs. I hope to create a safe, non-judgmental, and trusting space where you feel heard and respected. Together we can explore your thoughts, feelings, and actions to gain insight. I will work with you collaboratively to help find the best treatment approaches to help reach your goals.
My availability can be found here.
"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."
- Maya Angelou