Josh is a Registered Social Worker (BCCSW #10445) with the British Columbia Association of Social Workers.
I have been working with youth and young adults in a counselling role since I moved to Prince George in 2006. Since that time I have been supporting the young people here in many different roles. As a mental health and addictions clinician with the public health care system, I work in collaboration with many health care agencies across Prince George to provide support to vulnerable and high risk youth seeking support. I believe in the importance of linking with families and other supports in the youth’s lives whenever possible.
As a proud Northerner, I am keenly aware of the benefits the North can bring to one’s wellness, but also am aware of many of the struggles that youth, young adults and their families face. As such, I am available to help young people supportively and constructively find a sense of meaning, happiness and industry as they navigate the journey into adulthood.
Areas of counselling expertise
- Youth and young adults
- Families and caregivers supporting at risk youth
- Enhancing self awareness
- Substance use
- Self harm
- Finding balance
Therapy modalities used
- Trauma Informed Practice
- Solution Focussed Brief Therapy
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Informed Practice
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
Strengths as a counsellor
In my years as a youth counsellor, I have become adept at creating a welcoming and comforting environment for youth seeking support. I recognize how difficult it can be for young people to feel safe in opening up to professionals, and am able to create the safety needed to engage in meaningful discussions. Humour is a valuable defense mechanism that helps all of us through even the most difficult situations. I bring a sense of humour to my counselling that can often relieve some of the tension, create breathing space, and open doors for more serious inner work to be accomplished.
Not all challenges can be fully addressed in counselling. With my years of experience working in the helping field, I am aware of many services to recommend or refer to should needs for additional supports or services arise.
Education and professional development
- Masters of Social Work, University of Northern British Columbia, 2010
- Bachelor of Social Work, UBC Okanagan, 2005
Hobbies and Interests
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my wife, daughter and my dog, Winston. The winter months keep my busy with speed skating, and in the summer, I enjoy camping, gardening, mountain biking, canoeing and playing ultimate.
Josh Van der Meer, RSW