Whitney Sundman 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 from a Person Centered & Trauma Informed approach, 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, to work to know you, and to offer ideas for change while knowing you know best what you need for your healing. I also utilize some techniques from Narrative Therapy to help us understand your story and draw out unrecognized 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 healing experiences of healing with yoga, meditation, narrative therapy and self-esteem/self-compassion work allow me to draw on my own hardships and healings to relate to you.
Area of counselling expertise
- I have a special focus in working with young people who experience Social Anxiety. I am experienced working with what I call ‘life issues’ like low motivation, low self-esteem, stress management etc. I also have extensive experience working with Drug, Alcohol and other addictions.
- When I’m not at Repiphany I work as a Child and Youth Clinician at Prince George Native Friendship Centre and enjoy working with young people. I will see young people ages 3 and up.
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 discover goals together. I also use Narrative Therapy and Trauma-Informed approaches. With children I practice Child Directed Play Therapy and simply build a positive relationship.
Personal qualities / strengths as a counsellor
I have a strong value for empathy and validating emotions being the base of my work with clients. 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 how I practice.
Education and professional development
- Diploma of Professional Counselling
- Masters of Education – Counselling
- Trauma Informed Practice
- Nonviolent Communication Workshop Facilitator
- Fraser Health Crisis Line and Suicide Line Volunteer
- Narrative Therapy – Vancouver School of Narrative Therapy
- Child Play Therapy and Sandtray Therapy Training (to be completed Sept. 2020)