Helping Clients Gain Clarity and Strength
“My clients describe me as warm, empathetic and easy to talk to. I love it when people realize that they have the power to create change in their lives!”
Sandy Kirkwood, RCC
Your Choice of Location
- Secure online video counselling through Zoom or telephone counselling
- Or as a gentle walk in nature, in a beautiful outdoor setting. This is called a Walking Counselling session. Sessions take place in Gibsons or Vancouver.
Why Walking Counselling?
Ecotherapy is an emerging field that combines counselling with being outdoors, and has been shown to benefit mental health. Walking outdoors with a qualified counsellor can help you to relax and access more of your whole-brain creative insights. Walking and breathing deeply can reduce the anxiety or stress that sometimes accompanies counselling sessions in a more formal setting. Walking also releases endorphins that can boost your mood and give you a better baseline from which to tackle your issues. Walking with a counsellor in a beautiful natural setting is geared to your fitness level.
Sandy brings warmth and genuine caring to her work with clients, as well as compassion, curiosity and respect. She is comfortable in building relationships with her clients that help them to gain greater confidence and agency in their lives. Sandy has extensive experience working with adults and youth. She offers confidential, evidence-based, effective counselling to help clients experience greater self-worth, resilience, boundaries and peace of mind.
Sandy views her role as that of co-inquirer into the larger perspective of what is going on for her clients. Through deep listening, she is alert to noticing learned patterns and coping methods that may not be serving them. Some of those patterns may have come from unaddressed trauma, shame, grief or loss. Sandy helps clients to process and reframe their limiting beliefs. She supports them with symptom management and recovering hope that their lives can improve. Clients feel heard and understood as they release stress, expand their self-knowledge and move towards their goals.
Sandy is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and holds a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology.