Victoria Kowan (on leave)

Therapist MAMFT, RCC

My journey to becoming a therapist has been a long time in the making. I’ve come to believe that the counselling profession has pursued me, instead of me pursuing this profession. I remember even from a very young age having a keen awareness that to be human is to experience both joy and suffering (sometimes both at the same time), and a whole lot of other things in between. That doesn’t mean the human experience is easy. In fact, I know from my own mental health journey and from supporting others in my life, that life can at times feel dark, heavy, confusing, and lonely. I firmly believe that every single person has innate worth and value. And I have become fascinated by the heights and depths of the human experience. I am also continually amazed by human resilience, courage, healing and growth toward their fullest potential, even in the face of incredible obstacles.

The journey through mental health and relationships can be a winding, up and down, go and stop road. And sometimes just when we feel like we’ve overcome an obstacle, there it is again! As Brene Brown writes, “Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do”-and I consider it an immense privilege to be invited into someone’s story. I strive to approach each of my clients with dignity and reverence, worthy of being heard, seen and experiencing healing. My hope is to join with my clients in a safe, non-judgmental space as they move toward self-compassion, connection and wholeness.

I am in my final studying year of my MA in Marriage and Family Therapy at Trinity Western University. My approach to therapy is person-centered, experiential and collaborative. I draw from systemic and attachment theories, emotion-focused and trauma informed therapies. Having had over 10 years of cross-cultural experience working with resettled refugees, I approach my clients with curiosity and with cultural sensitivity. I also have experience using mindfulness and breathwork, art, music, and play therapies as well. As a partner and mother of two children, I have a passion for coming alongside families, couples and children and helping them strengthen their bonds. Of particular interest is prenatal and post-partum stress and trauma, and play therapy. 

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Locations: Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Online