Marta Torok

Marta Torok (she/her) is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) #20025 with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors and holds a Masters of Education Counselling.

It has been an honor to support adolescents, adults, and their families in community mental health services for twenty years. I have had the immense privilege of walking alongside individuals and witnessing their strength, resilience, and capacity to heal. I provide an accepting, non-judgmental and collaborative space to explore your concerns.

It can be difficult to know how to move forward when you are feeling overwhelmed, frustrated or lost in the stress of daily struggles. Through our work together, you will be able to access a deeper understanding of your lived experience, increase your ability to manage feelings of distress, and address barriers holding you back from reaching your personal goals. I approach counselling from an integrated lens to cultivate opportunities for self-discovery and greater life fulfillment.

Areas of counselling expertise

  • Anxiety (general anxiety, perfectionism, rumination)
  • Body Image (self criticism, body dissatisfaction)
  • Disordered Eating (eating patterns that result in feelings of distress/impact wellness)
  • Self Esteem (feeling inadequate, negative thoughts)
  • Low Mood (general sadness, lack of purpose/meaning in life)
  • Life Transitions (career, relationship, parenthood)
  • Couples (feeling disconnected, challenges in communication)
  • Parent/Caregiver Support (parents of teens experiencing symptoms of anxiety/depression/other mental health concerns)

Therapy modalities Marta uses in her counselling practice

Grounded in a person-centred and trauma-informed framework, I draw from a multitude of therapeutic modalities that are tailored to meet your specific needs. Concepts are integrated from cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, family systems theory, and motivational interviewing, among others. Incorporating the mind-body connection and utilizing a strength-based perspective are both focal points in my practice. I wholeheartedly believe that when individuals feel seen and heard, they can become open to the possibilities available to them.

For couples counselling, I utilize an emotionally focused therapy approach. This model supports couples to increase mutual understanding of each other’s experiences, gain confidence and skills to navigate conflict, and address communication challenges. Emotionally focused therapy is evidence-based in producing positive shifts in your relationship pattern to promote a deeper connection with each other.

Personal qualities / strengths as a counsellor

I bring an authentic, warm and curious stance to meet you where you are at. I lead with empathy and compassion and welcome all parts of you in the counselling relationship. You can expect me to show up in a genuine, flexible and down to earth way, while having your best interests at heart. My priority is to provide an empowering and impactful experience that connects you to your inner wisdom and promotes self-acceptance and healing. I am committed to engaging in clinical supervision and ongoing education to enhance my ability to stay current with best practices as well as foster my own personal growth.

Counselling services are provided to individuals (aged 16+), couples, and parents/caregivers of adolescents.

Education and professional development

  • Master of Education, Counselling (M.Ed.) – University of Northern British Columbia
  • Bachelor of Psychology (B.Sc.) – University of Northern British Columbia
  • Criminology Diploma – College of New Caledonia
  • Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy – International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • San’Yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training – Provincial Health Services Authority Indigenous Health Program
  • Family Based Treatment – British Columbia Children’s Hospital Provincial Specialized Eating Disorder Program, Provincial Health Services Authority
  • ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training – Crisis Prevention, Intervention and Information Centre
  • Internal Family Systems Across Clinical Applications – PESI
  • Internal Family Systems – Jack Hirose and Associates
  • Enhanced Cognitive Behavior Therapy – Association of Psychological Therapies
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy – Association of Psychological Therapies
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy – University of Northern British Columbia, Continuing Studies
  • Emotion Focused Family Therapy (Core Training) – Dr. Adele LaFrance & Natasha Files
  • Emotion Focused Family Therapy (Advanced Training) – Dr. Adele LaFrance & Natasha Files
  • Emotion Focused Family Therapy (Conflictual Parenting Co-Dynamics) – Dr. Adele LaFrance
  • Family Based Treatment – James Lock, Ben Franklin Summit for Clinical Excellence
  • Trauma Informed Care – University of Northern British Columbia, Dr. Linda O’Neill
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Core Indigenous Cultural Safety and Health
  • Brief Action Planning
  • Psychosocial Rehabilitation
  • Integrated Case Management Training

Marta Torok, RCC