Yasmin Hajian

(Masters in Counselling Candidate), Practicum Student

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We are so pleased to welcome Yasmin to our practice, where she will be doing her practicum towards her Masters in Counselling at CityU, Brian and Lorraine’s alma mater. She will be working at a reduced rate, contact Brian for details.

Yasmin’s practice includes an integration of narrative, somatic, and mindfulness approaches that are situated in feminist, anti-oppressive and social justice principles. She strives to maintain ethical and political commitments to therapy while creating a warm, safe, affirming, de-colonizing and culturally sensitive experience. Yasmin focuses special attention on centering race and gender identity issues, people from diverse backgrounds and the LGBTQ2SIA+ community. She comes to this work with a background in activism and lived experience as a refugee in her early life contending with marginalization, socioeconomic class struggles, and finding identity while navigating our dominant normative society.

Yasmin is also a Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) and has been working for Vancouver Coastal Health in community mental health and substance use services since 2008. In addition to her clinical work, Yasmin’s role as an educator includes teaching workshops, such as Trauma-Informed Practice, for Vancouver Coastal Health staff. Yasmin is currently completing her Master of Counselling degree at City University of Seattle and is a Professional Student Member in good standing of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

 

Lara Ellison

(MSW, Registered Social Worker), Associate

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Lara Ellison (MSW) has been working in the various mental health settings since 2006.  Starting her work at Peak House, a youth residential alcohol and drug treatment centre and in many mental health settings in the downtown Eastside, Lara has worked with many youth and adults navigating their relationships to various problems in their lives.

Lara also has experience working as a Doula, supporting families through their birth experiences, with a focus on renegotiating the narratives that accompany new families experiences with pregnancy, birth and post birth identities.

Lara has worked and trained in the local Narrative Therapy community since 2013, and is currently completing her Masters in Social work with an Indigenous Specialization. Lara is committed to, and experienced in, supporting folks in renegotiating their relationships to addictions, anxiety, depression, trauma, post birth, family and parenting concerns, grief and loss, and concerns related to sexuality, gender identity, sexual orientation, homophobia and transphobia.

Contact Lara to book an appointment at our office: laraellison@gmail.com

 

Lorraine Grieves
(MA, Registered Clinical Counsellor), Associate
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Lorraine is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and active member of the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC #8442). She has a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology and has been practicing as a helping professional since the early 1990s in a diverse range of roles and programs.
As a young student, Lorraine worked at a therapy clinic in Vancouver, BC that provided direct care to clients and embraced and taught narrative therapy to counsellors. She spent a number of years in formal study in psychology in university augmented by the practice-based training available through the group of mentors she worked with who are experts in narrative therapy practice.

While working on her Master’s degree, Lorraine worked at a live-in, therapeutic, group program called Peak House where young people ages 13-18 and their families accessed intensive support for substance use issues and addiction. It was during this time that her group and family counselling and family therapy skills were enhanced by the practice of doing daily group therapy under the supervision of Vikki Reynolds, PhD.

Lorraine approaches this work as a lifelong learner and has pursued training in decolonizing and anti-oppressive practice, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, trauma-informed and trauma-specific practice, along with additional training focused on advanced practice with LGB, Two-Spirit, queer, and trans clients. As a queer, adopted, Cree and Scottish cis woman, Lorraine is attentive to how forces of marginalization can contribute to the issues clients come to counselling about. Lorraine is skilled at helping clients to place problems in context and to track resistance and resiliency in order to build hope and liberation.

Lorraine is the proud parent of a now adult daughter and lives and plays on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tseil-Waututh nations.

If Lorraine seems like a fit for you, please contact her at change@lorrainegrieves.com to book a session.