My name is Julia Cao and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a Professional Art Therapist. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree major in Biology and minor in psychology from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Counselling Psychology-Art Therapy degree from Adler University.
I was born in China and moved to Canada around 20 years ago. I am very comfortable doing counselling sessions in English and Mandarin. I have extensive experience volunteering on a crisis line. This experience helped me to be an excellent listener. During my practicum, I provided individual as well as group sessions at an elementary school and non-profit organizations. I gained experience working with both children and
adults with issues such as anxiety, depression, self-identity crisis and concurrent disorder.
I believe that every person is unique, so I tailor my therapeutic approach to best fit each person. In my practice, I focus on supporting each person by acknowledging their unique experiences and struggles in life while supporting them to explore new ways of coping. Overall, I work from a person-centred, trauma-informed, and strength-based approach.
Art therapy offers a non-threatening approach to treatment that is specifically helpful for people who find it difficult to talk to others about their current challenges. Since I am also trained professionally as an art therapist, I would love to incorporate art-making activities with my clients if appropriate. Upon request, different mediums could be provided to the client to enhance the therapeutic process. I also use techniques from other modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Strength-Based practices. It is my goal to provide a safe environment where people are heard and supported.
My availability can be found here.
Art can permeate the very deepest part of us, where no words exist. - Eileen Miller
Individual Counselling (50 mins): $130 + GST
Individual Counselling (75 mins): $195 + GST
Relationship Counselling (50 mins): $150 + GST
Relationship Counselling (75 mins): $220 + GST
Open to couples, families, LGBTQ2S+, and open/polyam/CNM relationships.
Tuesdays: in-person & virtual, 2pm to 8pm
Thursdays: in-person & virtual, 3pm to 9pm