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Tips for getting the most out of counselling:

1. Know that it is ok to seek help - the most successful people in life are the ones who step out of their comfort zone.

2. Feeling confused and not knowing what to say - or feeling like you have too much to say - is absolutely normal. I can help you out with that.

3. Acknowledge that it takes courage to reach out - you are making a great first step.

4. Feel free to ask questions and give feedback to your counsellor when things are going right, and when something feels off.

5. Try to be curious about your situation and be open to questioning your judgements, assumptions, beliefs, and perceptions.

6. Many things in life are pretty serious, but always make time to include some fun, and to notice the light-hearted stuff as well. 

7. Living well is not a destination, it is a journey.  So, practice gratitude, kindness, compassion, and connection, because it is these things that make wonderful memories along the way!

 

 

 

 

About Laura Loewen

Personal Information:

I grew up in the Okanagan valley and feel privileged to live in such beautiful surroundings.  I have been happily married to my wonderful husband for 9 years.  I worked in emergency medicine for many years and I sustained an injury that left me with some physical limitations and chronic pain. This experience has both challenged and strengthened me, and it has contributed to my goal of helping others with their own life struggles.  I chose Living Well Counselling Services because I believe that every person deserves to live well and experience life to the fullest.  In my down time, I take advantage of activities that get me out in nature.  I enjoy being with loved ones, meditating, music, traveling and I am certainly a life-long learner.

 

Professional Information:

I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors. I hold a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology Degree from Yorkville University; I have a Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies Degree from Royal Roads University, and I have a Primary Care Paramedic diploma from the Justice Institute of BC.  I have additional training in mediation, arbitration, and conflict resolution.


Professional Philosophy:

My mission statement is to provide a safe and confidential space to comfortably explore yourself and your circumstances in order to increase your well-being and ability to live well! 

My approach is based on the belief that each person is the expert in their own lives, and counselling begins not at a predetermined place, but wherever you are currently.  I work from the perspective that humans are wonderfully complex beings, and because of this, living well is influenced by one’s biology, psychology, social, and spiritual characteristics.  I believe in transparency, and this means discussing the evidence-based techniques and interventions so that you can take control of your progress.  My role is to help you gain insights and tools to make lasting changes that are positive and meaningful in your life.