Soo Sen Lee

Background

I have been involved in the healthcare and mental health field since 2013, serving individuals and families who face multiple challenges. These include anxiety and depression, intergenerational and migration trauma, suicidality, grief and loss, and a variety of barriers to well-being. My clients come from many walks of life; however, one of my passions is supporting families and individuals who care for individuals or are themselves facing chronic health conditions. If you are facing caregiver burnout from caring for loved ones or having to navigate a cumbersome healthcare system while living with chronic health conditions, you are not alone. I hope you will allow me to be your support during this time. My clients have taught me that despite experiencing some of the most difficult adversities, humans possess incredible resilience and resources. One of my roles is to uncover and connect my clients to these deep reserves of strength and allow a safe space for transformation and creative solutions to emerge.

 

I was born in Malaysia, but lived in Singapore for a decade before settling in Vancouver, BC. Prior to becoming a therapist, I was a research associate with BC Genome Sciences Centre, a recreation therapist, and a stay-at-home mom. My diverse background enables me to weave evidence-based therapeutic approaches with compassion, humour, and sensitivity into my current work.

 

Therapeutic Approach

I bring into my counselling work a trauma-informed approach and sensitivity to the multi-faceted ways that traumatic events affect the lives of people. Trauma includes sudden life changes and deep feelings of loneliness while trying to find support from loved ones or systems of care that are not as responsive as they need to be. My approach is both practical as well as intuitive. Practicality to help my clients connect with up-to-date community resources and skills to help them find solutions combined with intuition that allows me to hear and hold my clients’ most vulnerable stories.

 

I work from an attachment and somatic lens where clients are invited into a greater sense of safety through a relationship with the therapist and a mindful attunement to the stories stored in their bodies. Such approaches have been shown to be healing for those who have experienced different forms of trauma. I pull from several theoretical approaches based on the needs of my clients. The techniques I use come from Mind-Body (Somatic) therapies, Narrative Therapy, Parts Work, and Systems-approach.

My availability can be found here.

“Finding words where words were absent before and, as a result, being able to share
your deepest pain and deepest feelings with another human being. This is one of the most profound experiences we can have” -Bessel Van De Kolk

Education and Training

//   City University
Master’s Degree in Counselling

//   University of British Columbia
Master's Degree in Experimental Medicine

//   Douglas College
Diploma in Therapeutic Recreation

//   Alberta Association of Sexual Assault Services

Counselling Adult Survivors of Sexual Assault

//   Adler Centre
Systematic Training for Effective Parenting Educator

//   Vancouver School of Narrative Therapy
Narrative Therapy Training

//   Dr. Sharon Stanley
Relational Somatic Transformation

//   Internal Family Systems
Intro Training

We would like to acknowledge that we are gathered on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.