Many of us have endured difficulty and struggle at some point throughout our lives that has impacted our abilities to connect with others, foster change within ourselves and attain our personal goals. Through the counselling relationship, I have been privileged to observe and experience the resiliency and strength of the human spirit as I journey with clients to a place of healing, growth and transformation.
I am motivated to understand and relate to people from all walks of life. I welcome individual, couples, as well as family counselling as I seek to support all of my clients in their journey of self-reflection and healing through fostering a non-judgemental therapeutic relationship while incorporating empathy, genuineness, reliability, and unconditional positive regard. I have been working in the mental health field since 2014 and volunteered for many years with CHIMO Crisis Line where I had to…
Henry Hwi, M.Ed, RCC, CCCRegistered Clinical Counsellor
Fort Langley and Vancouver location
It is a privilege when someone shares their happiness and their troubles. In our North American culture where emphasis is placed on independence and self-efficacy, it can feel difficult to reach out for help when something in life feels too overwhelming to bear alone. I am humbled to have the opportunity in supporting those who find themselves here.
Alexandra Torrie, M.Ed, CCC, RCCRegistered Clinical Counsellor
Vancouver and Fort Langley location
I have always enjoyed connecting with and learning from others. This has driven my passion for mental health support for many years. Prior to completing my degree, I frequently sought out work and volunteer positions that involved supporting others. During all of these experiences I was honoured to hear about and witness the strength and resilience of others and support someone in part of their life journey. This path eventually led me to do my Master of Education in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy at the University of Toronto.
My Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology undergraduate studies has immensely informed my approach to counselling. I often get asked, why the switch from physical to mental health? The truth is that I do not believe I ever really switched as much as I expanded. I consider the approach to both domains very similar and incredibly compatible. As a former exercise practitioner, I was deeply oriented to people’s experience first and and attuning to what allowed them to feel safe to move their body.
I have spent the last twenty years working on understanding and providing wellbeing through the interconnected healing modalities in counselling, mindfulness, yoga and somatic therapies. My pursuit of the truth of holistic healing started in yoga and breath work, leading me to living and working in Asia, studying the effects of meditation and body awareness on the mind.
I found that movement based therapy can work alongside Western medicine as I became qualified in providing yoga therapy specifically for cancer patients, where the focus was to help create a better quality of life and the alleviation of chronic pain, anxiety, depression and other challenges.
Anet Benardete, MA, RCC is a registered clinical counsellor with an extensive background as a youth and adult psychotherapist. She is a member with good standing in the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). She holds a Masters in Psychotherapy from the Mexican Psychoanalytic Association and has completed in Canada her post-graduate training in trauma-focused treatments including MBSR (Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction), DBT (Dialectical behavioral therapy), expressive and somatic therapies.