Christie Behrisch Kumar

I have been working as a Registered Clinical Counsellor for over 10 years, and have been in various helping professions for over 20 years. My passion for helping others began in my childhood and has remained the largest part of my life through school, work, and international travel.

Approach:

I approach my work with clients holistically –  a bio-psycho-socio-spiritual approach that I tailor to the unique needs of each client and couple. I believe the client-therapist relationship is paramount to any healing and forward progress. Working from a strengths-based perspective, I may utilize motivational interviewing, mindfulness, elements of cognitive behavioural therapy, solution-focused techniques, and EMDR to help clients make lasting changes. No matter which skills I decide best suits your unique issues, you can be sure that I will keep the safety and security or our relationship as a top priority.

Areas of focus:

My background is in adult substance use services. I have extensive experience working with men and through personal experience, am very knowledgeable about the issues faced by first responders. I have a passion for working with couples and use the Developmental Model of Couples Therapy to inform my work. I also am well-versed in adult ADHD and the subsequent relationship difficulties faced by those who struggle with it.

I provide a warm and compassionate atmosphere where you can feel comfortable beginning to open yourselves up to new ways of being. I also am very real, and will never shy away from pushing you to move beyond the familiar to become the best version of yourself. I look forward to our work together.

Professional Qualifications and Training:

Master of Counselling (University of Lethbridge)

Registered Clinical Counsellor (British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors #3823)

Bader-Pearson Developmental Model of Couples Therapy (The Couples Institute)

EMDR Certification, Levels 1 & 2 (EMDR Consulting)

EMDR Flash Technique Certification (Dr. Philip Manfield)

Substance Use Certificate (Justice Institute of BC via SHARE Family & Community Services)

Core Addictions Practice (Fraser Health Authority)

Strengths-Based CBT (Cognitive Workshops)

Trauma-Informed Practice (University of British Columbia)

ADHD Training (Vancouver Coastal Health and Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance)