Registered Clinical Counsellor
Now offering in-person, phone and virtual counselling.
Prior to the initial session, Lydia will provide an Intake Form for you to complete. At this time, you will also have the opportunity to review and sign an Information Page by which you consent to services. Sessions can be booked online through this website, in person at the end of the session, or by contacting Lydia by phone/text or email.
Sessions are 50 minutes in duration and the rate is $135-$150, depending on the number of participants. Payment is due at the end of each session. Credit and Debit cards, cash and cheques are accepted. There is a 24 hour cancellation policy. If you have extended medical, please contact your provider to see if 'counselling' is a covered service.
Over 20 years of Mental Health Care Experience
In 2000, Lydia left the film industry to pursue her passion of helping people help themselves. Now, over 20 years later, she brings her wealth of experience and education to her private practice based in the Cowichan Valley, BC. Lydia's experience spans working in both the public and private sectors, including forensics. Her degree is a masters of science (clinical psychology) with a specialization in behavioural medicine and clinical neuropsychology.
Lydia's area of specialization is working alongside family members of individuals with mental health and/or addiction challenges. Supporting a loved one on their recovery journey can be daunting. Lydia addresses important and common hurdles, such as learning the difference between supporting and enabling. Guiding family members toward safeguards and away from becoming all-consumed, Lydia provides knowledgeable support. Taking a collaborative approach, she delivers expert care that is both compassionate and non-judgemental. Please visit stabilityconsulting.ca for more information. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) are utilized along with acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).Principles of SMART recovery are also incorporated into a client driven (yet counsellor guided) approach to re-discovering hope. Lydia offers a safe environment to explore the crucial role that family and friends play in their loved one's recovery. Particular attention is paid to the sustained wellbeing of the client -as well as that of their loved one. Often, concern for a loved one can overtake all other aspects of life, sometimes to the point of complete burnout. Take the first step toward renewing a commitment to your own health and wellness by calling Lydia today.
Additionally, Lydia sees individuals who are struggling to cope with:
Intense emotions and a high level of sensitivity (often known as "empaths")
Anxiety and panic attacks
Recovery from trauma
Bipolar affective disorder
Borderline personality disorder