Whitney Hunt (she/her) is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) #16735 with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and holds a Masters of Education Counselling degree from University of Northern British Columbia.
I work with adults ages 18+ as well as children ages 3-9.
With all clients I work from a Person Centered & Trauma Informed perspective; meaning I believe that people often know how to change but get stuck when they are alone with trauma, hurt, and pain. My main role is to be present with you, work to know you, and offer ideas for change. All while maintaining that you know best what you need for your healing. I hope to help clients resolve internal conflicts and understand their story in a way that draws out unrecognised strengths and perspectives.
Though everyone’s experiences are unique we all know what it is like to hurt, feel joy, or be afraid. I hope that my personal experiences of healing through sport, meditation, narrative therapy and self-esteem/self-compassion work allow me to draw on my own hardships and healings to relate to you.
Areas of counselling expertise
I am experienced working with adults who struggle with ‘life issues’ such as low motivation, low self-esteem, stress, and relationship issues etc. I also have extensive experience working with adults with depression, anxiety, grief/loss, divorce recovery, trauma and addictions.
I also have a special focus in working with children using Expressive Play Therapy & Sand Tray Therapy . Play Therapy is best suited for children ages 3 – 9 and is a process of allowing children to express their feelings and inner world through the medium of expressive play. I also integrate aspects of mindfulness and emotion coaching in my work with children.
Therapy modalities Whitney uses in her counselling practice
My first priority is to remain person central at all times, allowing my client’s inner life to show up in the counselling space so we can collaboratively discover goals and movement together. I am trained in Narrative Therapy, Expressive Play Therapy, and a Trauma-Informed perspective. I integrate Emotion Focused techniques, attachment theory, mindfulness, and internal family systems theory all with the hope of building a safe therapeutic relationship and helping clients understand and accept all parts of themselves.
Personal qualities / strengths as a counsellor
Clients and peers express that I offer a warm and validating presence and am skilled in empathy and understanding your emotional experience. I work to notice subtle changes in mood or body language and pay attention to these cues so that we feel connected and aware of your process in counselling. I believe that connection and relationship are the starting point for any change, and I live this belief out in my practise.
Education and professional development
- Diploma of Professional Counselling
- Masters of Ed. in Counselling
- Trauma Informed Practice
- Nonviolent Communication Workshop Facilitator
- Fraser Health Crisis Line and Suicide Line Volunteer
- Narrative Therapy – Vancouver School of Narrative Therapy
- Expressive Play Therapy for Complex Trauma – Centre for Expressive Therapy – Marie Jose Dhaese – June 2021
- Expressive Play Therapy: A Holistic and Integrative Approach – Centre for Expressive Therapy – Marie Jose Dhaese – March 2021
- Sand Play Therapy – Centre for Expressive Therapy – Marie Jose Dhaese – January 2021